Sign reading "The Silent Majority Stands With Trump."
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Trump’s Fundraising In Oklahoma Eclipses Clinton’s For First Time

Donald Trump has a new reason to believe that deep-red Oklahoma will swing his way as the presidential campaign accelerates into the final months. Federal Election Commission filings released recently show that June was the first time the Republican presidential nominee has raised more money in the state than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Until that month, the latest for which campaign finance data is available, Clinton had outpaced Trump in contributions from Oklahomans every month...
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Wind turbines at dusk
Samir Luther / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Oklahoma remained No. 4 in the U.S. in installed wind power capacity during the second quarter of 2016, but a national industry group expects the state to move up the ranks by the end of the year.

No new wind farms have been completed in recent months, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association, but more than 1,100 megawatts are currently under construction, The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports:

Sign reading "The Silent Majority Stands With Trump."
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Donald Trump has a new reason to believe that deep-red Oklahoma will swing his way as the presidential campaign accelerates into the final months.

Federal Election Commission filings released recently show that June was the first time the Republican presidential nominee has raised more money in the state than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Police officers secure the area after a bomb attack in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016.
Matthias Schrader / AP

Europe continues to reel from violence that has swept over the continent in recent weeks. France is still mourning the loss of more than 80 people killed while celebrating Bastille Day earlier this month. They were killed when a man drove a truck through a crowded promenade in Nice as the seaside resort in the French Rivera celebrated the national holiday.

Kris Steele, left, Chair of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, and Ryan Kiesel, second from left, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, deliver petitions to the Oklahoma Secretary of State
Sue Ogrocki / AP

A grassroots group wanting criminal justice reform measures on the November ballot is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to intervene after Attorney General Scott Pruitt rewrote the ballot title language.

Pruitt wrote new descriptions last month for both State Question 780 and 781 after determining the submitted language was insufficient, eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley reports:

 

Renovation continues on the Sunshine Cleaners building at 1012 NW First St. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

In April the Oklahoma City Council approved $550,000 in tax increment financing, or TIF money, for the dilapidated Sunshine Cleaners building just west of downtown.

About the only remarkable thing about the building two blocks from the Oklahoma County Jail is its beautiful neon sign. The roof has caved in, the windows are broken, and satellite imagery even shows an abandoned vehicle inside the building.

A power plant
Wladimir Labeikovsky / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

No matter where you land on the climate change discussion, humans have become a geophysical force that impacts everything from local ecosystems to the atmosphere itself.

“Humans are having, for a single species, pretty much unprecedented effect on their entire biosphere, such that it could possibly be recorded permanently in the geological record,” University of Oklahoma anthropologist Noah Theriault argues. “If an extraterrestrial species came down and studied our planet sometime in the distant future, they would be able to tell there was some big change right around what we would consider to be the geological present.”

But what do you call that?

A man walks by Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe in Norman. A woman is suing the restaurant after an altercation with a University of Oklahoma football player there two years ago.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Two years after the altercation between Amelia Molitor and University of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon, Molitor is suing the restaurant where it happened in federal court.

The lawsuit alleges the Campus Corner establishment didn't have a door man or a security guard the night Molitor was punched in the face, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., attends an organizational meeting of the House Rules Committee, January 7, 2015.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Democrats bolstered their case Wednesday night that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, and seized on Republican nominee Donald Trump’s comments that seemed to encourage Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

“It is inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be that irresponsible,” former CIA director Leon Panetta said Wednesday night.

Hugo, Okla., interim City Manager David Rawls.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s primary environmental agency made a private contractor pay just under $1 million earlier in a settlement over improperly treated water in a small city in southern Oklahoma. But the state’s budget shortfall swallowed up the money before the city of Hugo had a chance to use it.

Oklahoma state Capitol
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Oklahoma midyear state budget cuts were deeper than necessary, and now the state has $140.8 million that it can allocate to agencies. Gov. Mary Fallin is considering calling a special session of the legislature to use those funds to give teachers a pay raise.

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