First National Center in Oklahoma City
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Stymied Sale Of First National Center Could Proceed After Judge Appoints Receiver

It's September in Oklahoma, which is a pretty lousy time to shut off the air conditioner. That's exactly what happened at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City this week. The 84-year-old skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma has been for sale for well over a year, and last week employees and tenants that work in the building started moving their belongings out. On Tuesday, the building's utility company shut off A/C, which affected retail businesses and restaurants on the building's...
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A lesser prairie chicken photographed in New Mexico.
Larry Lamsa / Flickr

A Texas federal judge on Tuesday overturned endangered species protections for the lesser prairie chicken.

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t properly consider a voluntary conservation plan established for Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico before listing the bird as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The train station in Budapest, Hungary on September 4, 2015.
Rebecca Harms / Flickr

The latest figures from the International Organization for Migrants says more than 364,000 migrants have arrived in Europe so far this year, with 2,800 dying along the way.

Earlier this week Hungarian authorities shut down Budapest's train station as it overflowed with migrants trying to get to other parts of Europe.

World Views panelist and central and southeastern Europe expert Rebecca Cruise Hungary has taken criticism for how it's handling the migrant crisis.

ISIS propaganda shows explosives damaging the historic ancient Temple of Baalshamin in the ancient site of Palmyra.
Wnt / Wikimedia Commons

The Syrian government announced this week Islamic State militants destroyed 2,000-year-old tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra, claiming the Roman-era sites promote idolatry.

William Shakespeare's First Folio, behind glass at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
Jessie Chapman / Wikimedia Commons

Braulio Fernández’s literary journey began as a young child.

“I recall one afternoon when my dad came home and he gave me an issue of Robinson Crusoe, an illustrated issue hardback, and it was absolutely magic,” said Braulio Fernández, the director of the literature program at the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile.

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The Labor Department says the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August, a figure that fell short of expectations but nonetheless appeared to shrug off turmoil in overseas markets, particularly China.

In a separate survey, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate had dipped to 5.1 percent — a seven-year low.

First National Center in Oklahoma City
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It's September in Oklahoma, which is a pretty lousy time to shut off the air conditioner.

That's exactly what happened at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City this week. The 84-year-old skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma has been for sale for well over a year, and last week employees and tenants that work in the building started moving their belongings out. On Tuesday, the building's utility company shut off A/C, which affected retail businesses and restaurants on the building's first floor.

Ryan LaCroix / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is continuing his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol, despite an order from the state's highest court that it must be removed. 

Pruitt on Thursday filed a brief in state court alleging that the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling "evinces a hostility towards religion."

Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean speaks at a news conference at the Oklahoma state capitol on September 3, 2015.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean delivered over 250,000 online petition signatures to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday morning, requesting a 60-day stay of execution for Richard Glossip.

Glossip is scheduled to be executed on September 16.

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Northeast Station Manager Mark Barton at the base of the stack for coal-fired power units 3 and 4.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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