Logan Layden

Logan Layden
Logan Layden was a reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma from 2011-2017. He is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman.

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Details of Oklahoma Budget Agreement Conceal Cuts for Oklahoma Environmental Agencies

On paper, it looks like two environmental agencies received funding boosts, but a closer look at the numbers shows the increases aren’t what they appear.

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Rye: The Underappreciated “Poverty Grain” Enjoys A Renaissance

Oklahoma is the country’s number one producer of what is occasionally referred to as the ‘poverty grain.’ Rye doesn’t have the best reputation, but demand is on the rise.

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‘EPA Pledges Bird Creek Clean-Up’

EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was back in the Sooner State last week — to talk about what his agency plans to do about saltwater contamination in Bird Creek in Osage County that could be tied to the oil and gas industry.

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Legislature Approves Measure to Lure Healthier Grocery Options to Fill Oklahoma Food Deserts

Scarcity is most severe in regions known as food deserts, where going to the grocery store often means taking a road trip. But new legislation awaiting the governor’s signature could bring more healthy food to areas that need it.

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Former Governor Walters: Don’t Waste Oklahoma’s Water, Sell It To Texas

In a commentary piece from NonDoc, Walters, a Democrat who served from 1991-1995, says 30 billion gallons of unused water flows into the Red River each day, and capturing and selling just a small portion of it could end the state’s financial problems and make southeast Oklahoma’s economy boom.

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House Leader Says Agency Didn’t Speak Up on State Budget While Publicly Eyeing Park Closures

In March, the legislature asked state agencies how they would deal with worst-case budget reductions of nearly 15 percent. A cut that deep at the Department of Tourism could cost Oklahoma half of its state parks.

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Oklahoma’s Utilities Moving Away From Coal Despite Trump’s New Climate Order

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to roll back many Obama-era rules meant to combat climate change.

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Action To Protect Small Creek Pits Mining Companies Against Oklahoma Community Worried About Water Supply

Pennington Creek in south-central Oklahoma is the only source of drinking water for the town of Tishomingo. Residents there are worried limestone mining operations threaten the creek. Now, the city council is taking on the companies doing the digging.

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