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Gary Matli, a field inspector supervisor for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, checks on a Craig Elder Oil and Gas disposal well located east of Guthrie, Okla.
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Oklahoma Oil Regulator Issues New Restrictions After Earthquakes — UPDATED

The oil and gas industry practice of pumping waste fluid into disposal wells is likely responsible for Oklahoma’s exponential surge in earthquake activity. State officials initially were reluctant to publicly acknowledge the link, which was made in numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers. That changed in 2015. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator, is now more frequently ordering plug-backs and issuing quake-related shutdowns and volume limits at disposal...
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Cattle are moved after auction at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is still struggling to find support for a statewide marketing program.

Ranchers and other agriculture producers have been very active in their collective support of State Question 777, which would amend the state constitution to stringently limit lawmakers’ ability to regulate the industry.

Gary Matli, a field inspector supervisor for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, checks on a Craig Elder Oil and Gas disposal well located east of Guthrie, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The oil and gas industry practice of pumping waste fluid into disposal wells is likely responsible for Oklahoma’s exponential surge in earthquake activity.

An elections clerk cuts from a strip of "I voted" stickers at a polling place in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma voters now have clarity about candidates for all state legislative races following yesterday’s primary runoff elections.

Air force veteran Adam Pugh defeated pastor and retired professional football player Paul Blair in the runoff contest for state Senate seat 41, which includes Edmond. The seat is currently held by term-limited state Sen. Clark Jolley, the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Monta Johnson, a fifth-grade teacher at Adams Elementary School, passes out books to her class in Oklahoma City on August 3, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma City Public School Board members approved a $180 million bond proposal at a special board meeting on Tuesday. The bond will not increase taxes, and instead extends a bond that is set to expire.

Superintendent Aurora Lora said Oklahoma City Public Schools has dire basic needs throughout the district, and the new bond will address transportation, technology, and building maintenance issues.

Students rally against Oklahoma City Public Schools budget cuts in May 2016.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

A new statewide survey found that at least 2,800 public school jobs have been lost to budget cuts this year.

The survey, conducted by the Oklahoma State School Board Association, showed that 1,500 of those jobs lost were teaching positions and 1,300 were support staff.

The OSSBA conducted the survey during the first two weeks of August. Districts representing about 83 percent of the state’s public school enrollment participated.

Other survey results show:

Customers enter a Dillard’s department store inside Sooner Mall in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma's highest court is preparing to decide one of the biggest workers’ compensation cases in years.

The state Supreme Court could invalidate or uphold part of an Oklahoma law that lets dozens of companies write their own workers' comp policies. The legal dispute started when clothing retailer Dillard’s denied an employee’s comp claim, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general, gestures as he speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 8, 2013.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

One of the most contentious issues facing this new school year is which bathrooms and locker rooms transgender students will be allowed to use.

The Obama administration has issued what it calls guidance that students be allowed to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. The administration warned that schools refusing to do that could risk their federal school funding.

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking during an August 22, 2016 news conference to reveal a new design for the state license plate in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahomans caught a sneak peek of the state’s new license plates Monday afternoon. Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled the new design, which features a large outline of the state’s bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The plate also displays a backdrop of lakes, mesas and mountains along with the address of the state tourism department’s website.

 

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety chief Ricky Adams says the new tags will be easier to read and will help law enforcement crackdown on uninsured drivers.

 

Summerlinn Muhammad, right, elections assistant, checks in Jason Soper, right, for early voting in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The lineup for November’s general election ballot will be settled after candidates in one congressional and 13 legislative races face off Tuesday.

The run-off elections will feature the top two vote earners from the June primaries in races where no candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes.

Districts in much of the state won’t vote because their legislative and congressional match-ups for the general election have already been set.

University of Oklahoma Vice President of the University Community Jabar Shumate.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

 

 

The University of Oklahoma made national headlines in March 2015 when members of a the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus while traveling to an event. Immediately following the spread of the video, the university expelled two students and shut down the SAE fraternity’s chapter on campus.

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