StateImpact Oklahoma
6:23 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

State Seismologist: Oklahoma Earthquakes ‘Very Likely’ Triggered By Oil And Gas Disposal Wells

The offices of Gov. Mary Fallin and the Secretary of Energy and Environment debuted a new web portal, earthquakes.ok.gov, to serve as a "one-stop-shop" for quake research and regulatory news.

Disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry are ‘very likely’ responsible for the recent surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma, the state seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday.

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Oklahoma News
6:22 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Senate Approves 'Right To Farm' Bill

The Oklahoma Senate
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation calling for a statewide vote on whether the right to farm and ranch in Oklahoma shall be "forever guaranteed."

The Senate voted 39-6 for the measure Tuesday and sent it back to the House to consider changes adopted by a Senate committee.

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Oklahoma News
6:18 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs 'Right To Try' Bill and 56 Others

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that makes Oklahoma the 15th state in the nation to permit terminally ill patients to have access to experimental medications and procedures that are being used in clinical trials but are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

The measure, known as the Right to Try Act, was among 57 bills Fallin signed into law Tuesday.

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Oklahoma News
5:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Too Often, Some Say, Volunteer Officers Just Want To Play Cop

Tulsa County, Okla., reserve deputy Robert Bates leaves his arraignment with attorney Tuesday. Bates fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, raising alarms about volunteer police officers who wear badges and carry gun.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:30 pm

Bob Ball is a real estate investor in Portland, Ore. — but that's just his day job. For the last 20 years, he's also been a volunteer cop.

"When I was new, it was the best time of my life. I got to go out there and wear a white hat and help people and make a difference in my community, one little piece at a time," Ball says. "That's a very, very fulfilling thing to do."

This is real police work: On one occasion, Ball had to pull his gun on a guy threatening a woman with a knife.

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Oklahoma News
3:22 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

House-Senate Conference Committee To Take Up Open Records Bill

Oklahoma Capitol Building
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The Oklahoma Senate has approved Open Records Act legislation that would limit access by the public and media to audio and video recordings obtained from equipment attached to a law enforcement officer or vehicle.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the House-passed bill Tuesday and sent it to a joint House-Senate conference committee for more work. Its Senate author, Republican Sen. David Holt of Bethany, says lawmakers are working with law enforcement and media representatives to fashion the bill's final form.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Widens Recall To All Of Its Products Over Listeria Worries

After initially recalling products made at its Oklahoma facility, Blue Bell is now asking retailers and customers to throw away or return all of its products currently on the market.
Blue Bell

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:04 am

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has widely expanded a voluntary recall over Listeria concerns, seeking the return of all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell products are sold in 23 states.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:02 am
Tue April 21, 2015

District Audit Details Racial Discrepancy In Oklahoma City Schools Suspensions

Taft Middle School officials have suspended more than half the school's black students so far this school year.
Victor Henderson Oklahoma Watch

With two months still left in the school year, administrators at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City have already suspended more than half of their black students.

At Capitol Hill High School, the average length of a suspension is nearly 12 days, or more than two weeks of missed class time. Capitol Hill officials also told several parents that re-enrolling their children was a “waste of time” because of the re-enrollment date.

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Shots - Health News
7:16 am
Tue April 21, 2015

What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy

Carlton Scott pays $266.99 per month for his subsidized health insurance plan. He worries he and his neighbors would lose their insurance without the subsidy.
Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 8:39 pm

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. To help coax people to buy a health plan, the federal government now subsidizes premiums for millions of Americans.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
10:03 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Air Force Sergeant Stood In Police Lineup With Timothy McVeigh

Air Force senior master sergeant Gary Kirby stood in a police lineup with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

It was supposed to be Gary Kirby’s day off when the senior airman in the United States Air Force got a call from his first sergeant. The request: Come back to Tinker Air Force Base dressed in a pair of blue jeans, a white t-shirt and white socks.

Kirby, now a senior master sergeant, showed up at the headquarters building to find a big, blue Air Force bus. He climbed on board, where he found between 40 and 50 guys --- and all of them looked like him.

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Oklahoma News
6:10 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Lawmakers To Introduce Reserve Police Training Requirements Bill

State Rep. Mike Christian (R-OKC)
Credit okhouse.gov

A group of Oklahoma legislators say they plan to introduce a bill that will require more law enforcement training for volunteer officers following the shooting death of an unarmed man in Tulsa by a 73-year-old reserve deputy.

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