A Williams Cos. employee monitors the company’s compressor station in Sumas, Wash.
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Half Of Williams Companies' Board Resigns After Failed Energy Transfer Equity Merger

On Wednesday Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity announced it’s going to stop pursuing its merger with Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Updated 8:25 a.m. Nearly half of the board of directors of Tulsa-based Williams Companies resigned Thursday during an afternoon closed-door meeting where a coalition attempted to oust CEO Alan Armstrong.
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Oklahoma City Public Schools Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora waits on Board of Education members to emerge from executive session during an April 25, 2016 meeting.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Friday morning the Oklahoma City school board named interim superintendent Aurora Lora to the district’s top job permanently. She’s led the district since the April separation agreement with Superintendent Rob Neu.

Lora said shortly after the vote she wasn’t surprised by the board’s decision, and plans to work with the community through a series of focus groups to make sure their voices are heard.

A group photograph of the former Iranian hostages shortly after their release. The 52 Americans spent a few days in the hospital prior to their departure for the United States.
Johnson Babela / U.S. Department of Defense

Editor's Note: This interview was originally broadcast January 14, 2014

Ambassador John Limbert and 51 diplomatic and military colleagues were taken prisoner in the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. They were released 444 days later as Ronald Reagan was sworn into office on January 20, 1981.

A Williams Cos. employee monitors the company’s compressor station in Sumas, Wash.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity announced it’s going to stop pursuing its merger with Tulsa-based Williams Cos. 

Updated 8:25 a.m.

Nearly half of the board of directors of Tulsa-based Williams Companies resigned Thursday during an afternoon closed-door meeting where a coalition attempted to oust CEO Alan Armstrong.

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Nearly every town, big and small, has some sort of Independence Day celebration. We set out to find some of the state’s best, and most intriguing festivities. As it turns out, Oklahoma has a lot to offer the patriotic festival goer. In fact, some events have made it in the national spotlight. Edmond’s LibertyFest has made CNN’s and USA Today’s list of the top 10 Fourth of July celebrations in the Nation.

The Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Inmates at a northeast Oklahoma prison are dealing with a waterline break that's affecting services. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says the problem started over the weekend with a water leak on the grounds of the Dick Conner Correction Center in Osage County.

"We got the water restored, then there was a leak inside the community of Hominy,” Watkins said. “So they are working to fix that, but in the meantime, it brought down the water levels in the water tower at the facility, which is used to pressurize the water line."

The Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for public college and universities across the state.

The panel voted unanimously for the rate hike on Thursday. The increase averages 8.4 percent across the state.

The Associated Press reports the tuition fee increases range from Langston University's 3.7 percent increase to Rose State College's 13 percent hike.

Institutions of higher education requested the increase after the state legislature cut funding due to a budget shortfall shortfall.

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Volkswagen cars are on display at Cable Volkswagen in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Volkswagen’s $15 billion settlement of lawsuit into allegations it cheated emissions tests, which spurred a national investigation, won’t include Oklahoma.

Christmas lights still wrap the entrance to Sayre Memorial Hospital, which has been closed for five months. The nearest emergency room is now in Elk City, 14 miles away.
Dale Denwalt / The Journal Record

The hospital in the small town of Sayre closed its doors in February after municipal trust authority members weren't able to renegotiate bond payments.

Rodney Redus of Oklahoma City votes at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics polling location in Tuesday's primary. Only 47 voters had cast their ballots at the site as of 2:30 p.m.
Trevor Brown / Oklahoma Watch

The potential size of a so-called “teacher caucus” in the Legislature was significantly whittled down Tuesday after 20 current or former educators lost their primary battles.

Many of the candidates running on a platform of increasing state funding for public schools and teacher salaries were taken down by members of their own party and will not advance to November’s general election.

You can normally find Shawn Sheehan teaching math and special education in Norman, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City. But school's out for the summer and instead, he's knocking on doors.

One-by-one he's asking voters in the state's central Senate District 15 to cast their vote for him. He's running unopposed in today's primary as an Independent, and after the polls close he'll know his Republican opponent.

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