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Update: Once again, David Payne is moving to Channel 9…

Back in October, we broke the news that David Payne was leaving Channel 4 to become Lord England’s apprentice at Channel 9. Here’s what we wrote:

Yes, just one day after they signed Gary England to a new contract, we’re hearing rumbles through the Ogle Mole Network that KWTV News 9 has poached popular weatherman and stormchaser David Payne from the KFOR Channel 4 weather team.

News 9 is apparently making the move to combat stagnant ratings and help prepare for the day when Lord England retires to his Severe Weather Palace in Edmond. If this rumor is true, and we think it is, it will come just 14-months after KWTV signed longtime KFOR chopper pilot Jim Gardner to a lucrative contract.

According to one email we received, Payne informed his colleagues at Channel 4 of his decision to leave yesterday morning. Upon hearing the news, Mike Morgan’s severe weather tie burst into hot flames and he had to be doused with water. From the back of the room, Emily Sutton slowly stood and said “I’ll chase the storms now, Mr. Morgan. I’ll chase the storms.”

Payne will allegedly start at News 9 in January.

Okay, so we missed his start date by a couple of weeks. We can’t be perfect.

Anyway, Payne’s last day at Channel 4 was on Friday. According to Moles, he mentioned during his morning weather forecast something to the effect that it was his last day at Channel 4 and that he was moving to Channel 9. After that, he was escorted off the set and out of the building. That’s kind of a shady way to do things by both parties, but I don’t think anyone’s ever accused the television news industry of being a place filled with a lot of class.

Three more thoughts:

Cox is not being a very good friend in the digital age…

If you’ve been wondering why your uncle from Watonga hasn’t forwarded you any crazy chain emails over the weekend, don’t worry, he didn’t depart on a random trip to Kenya to find President Obama’s original birth certificate. He simply doesn’t have access to his Cox email account and can’t remember his Hotmail password.

From NewsOK.com:

Thousands of Cox Communications customers across Oklahoma were without email Sunday because of an outage, company officials said.

The email storage platform that supports residential customers failed sometime Friday evening, causing all residential customers in the state to lose access to their incoming email, spokeswoman Kristin Peck said.

Peck could not give an estimated time for when the outage would be fully resolved, but said by 10 p.m. about 55 percent of customers had their service restored.

One customer, Greg Silver, of Oklahoma City, said he hasn’t had Cox email since Friday.

“Email is such an integral part of people’s lives now that being without it for several days is devastating,” he said in an email sent to NewsOK.com through a different account.

Tim Larson, of Oklahoma City, also reported the problem to NewsOK. He said, “Cox Webmail has now been down for almost two days. Luckily I’m on Yahoo!”

Congratulations, Tim Larson of Oklahoma City. You just became the first person in the history of mankind to utter the phrase “Luckily I’m on Yahoo.” That would make a great epitaph. You should make it your own.

Anyway, you have to admit this whole story is kind of hysterical. If someone uses a Cox.com address as their primary email they probably deserve to have it taken away for a few days. As you’re reading this, I bet one of the victims is opening Internet Explorer on their Gateway 2000 desktop to complain about the situation in an AOL chat room. Before they do, they better make sure they have Java installed.

Steve Lackmeyer with the Oklahoman has taken the news especially hard. You would think that someone at Cox raided a food truck or put up an improper sign in Bricktown. Check out some of the tweets he’s sent out during a Twitter meltdown:

Deeda Payton is moving to Austin…

Sad news, Moles. We’ve learned that Fox 25 anchor — and the 4th hottest women in the OKC news media — Deeda Payton is leaving for KEYE in Austin, Texas. According to her Twitter page, her last day in Oklahoma City is January 1.

Usually I get all upset and cry and eat Ben & Jerry’s whenever a local news hottie leaves for a bigger market, but this one doesn’t sting that bad. Let’s be honest, no one really watches Fox 25. Sure, I’ll miss her occasional tweets and ranking her in our annual hot chicks rankings, but things are looking good in the attractive news girl department. KSBI hired the pageant winner, KOCO signed the attractive chick from Israel, and KFOR even brought in something called a Courtney Franciso.

My only concerns are:

A) Who will they hire to replace Deeda? Since Fox 25 dumped their perverted old new director, I’m worried they will hire some dude named Colby or Bradley or Scott. That would be a mistake. They need to stick with local tradition and hire hot chicks. It’s the only reason we watch the local news.

B) Will I ever type the name “Deeda” again in my life? Seriously, this my be the last post where I ever intentionally write those letters in that order. Deeda sounds like one of Captain Kirk’s love interests from Star Trek or a character from Clan of the Cave Bear.

Anyway, as a tribute to Deeda, I decided to post some of the pics that we’ve acquired of her over the past few years. Good luck. We hope she enjoys Austin.

Chesapeake announces Voluntary Separation Program. Layoffs may be next.

Earlier this week, I received an email from a Mole claiming that Chesapeake Energy planned on laying-off 10% of its Oklahoma City staff this Friday. I wasn’t able to confirm that rumor, but apparently Chesapeake has sent an email to certain staff today at 9:00am announcing a Voluntary Separation Program. I know this because we’ve obtained a copy of that email. It was sent by Henry Hood, Senior Vice President.

Here it is:

We’re going to the Mary Fallin Open Records Request Party and staying all night!

Back in November, we wrote about Governor Mary Fallin’s refusal to comply with Oklahoma law and not release certain emails and documentation that were sought by the Oklahoman in an open records request. Since then, several other media organizations have joined the party and filed their own requests. I contemplated doing so at the end of my post:

I think later today I’m going to research how to file one of these open records things and see what info I can get. Remember, we’re not real journalists here, so we have no clue how this stuff works. When our request is denied, maybe we can file a lawsuit. Do any attorneys know how that works? We’ve been sued before, but have never actually filed one. Also, can some rich Democrat with a vendetta finance it? That person would be an instant finalist for the 2012 Ogle Mole of the Year award. Just saying.

Although we were never contacted by a rich Democrat with a vendetta, something better actually happened. We were approached by the ACLU! You know, those godless liberal creatures that vigorously protect the rights and freedoms of all US citizens? One phone call, two meetings, and five certified letters later, they issued the following press release: