Oklahoma News
10:16 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Winter Weather Arrives

Wednesday forecast for the arrival of winter weathaer.
National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office Norman, OK

Cold air will filter south across Oklahoma and north Texas late tonight and Wednesday. As temperatures cool there will be a chance for rain to change to freezing rain, sleet and snow from northwest to southeast across the area.

The graphic above shows the timing of when the temperatures will become cold enough for wintry precipitation to cause travel problems across the area. The one below shows winter precipitation forecast totals.

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Oklahoma News
5:53 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Consumer Groups Urge Attorney General Pruitt's Involvement In Utility Case

OK Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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Consumer groups are calling on the Oklahoma attorney general to be more active in a case that would result in consumer utility bills increasing.

The Oklahoman reports that the utility company will request $1.1 billion from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Tuesday to recover costs for environmental compliance and for the replacement of an aging natural gas plant in Oklahoma City. If approved, consumers will see an average bill increase of more than 15 percent by 2019.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

"Right To Try" Bill Passes House

State Rep. Richard Morrissette (R-OKC)
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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

House members voted 96-0 for the bill by Democratic Rep. Richard Morrissette of Oklahoma City and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Right to Try legislation expands access to potentially life-saving medications years before terminally ill patients would normally be able to access them. Eligible medications have passed the first of multiple phases in an FDA approval process but are not yet publicly available.

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Business and Economy
4:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

U.S. Nearing Crude Oil Storage Capacity

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The U.S. has so much crude oil that it's running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

The Energy Department reported last week that for the past seven weeks the United States has produced and imported an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it's using. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, and pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years.

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Parallels
3:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

After Netanyahu's Speech, A Reality Check

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Netanyahu said the world must unite to "stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror." House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, listen.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:12 pm

Since first becoming prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu has hammered away at Iran's nuclear program, calling it the greatest threat to Israel. Yet Tuesday's speech to Congress, like many before it, sharply criticized the international response to Iran while offering relatively little as an alternative.

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Oklahoma News
1:22 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Passes Bill Allowing Online Gun Safety Courses

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Oklahomans who want to carry a firearm will be able to take the required gun safety course online under a bill approved by the House of Representatives.

The House voted 88-7 on Tuesday for the bill by Republican Rep. Casey Murdock of Felt, who says he expects it will lead to an increase in the number of Oklahomans who get a license to carry a gun.

Felt says the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training would be responsible for setting up the online course and would use voice-recognition technology to ensure the right person is taking it.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:20 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

State Geological Survey Stayed Silent After Linking Oklahoma Quakes to Oil Industry

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Despite long-held suspicions that the state’s earthquake surge was linked to oil and gas activity, the Oklahoma Geological Survey stayed silent amid pressure from oil company executives, EnergyWire reports.

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Capital Punishment
12:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Passes Bill Authorizing Nitrogen Gas Executions

State Rep. Mike Christian (R-OKC)
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Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.

The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.

Christian says the nitrogen would be administered to the inmate either by a "tent or some kind of secure mask."

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

In Speech To Congress, Netanyahu Blasts 'A Very Bad Deal' With Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. He called the deal the U.S. and its allies are negotiating with Iran "very bad."
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:28 pm

Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a deal the U.S. and its allies are pursuing with Iran over its nuclear program is "very bad" because, according to him, it doesn't take away the Islamic republic's ability to ultimately obtain nuclear weapons.

"This is a bad deal — a very bad deal," Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress today. "We're better off without it."

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Weather and Climate
8:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Oklahoma Prepares For One More Winter Storm Before A Sunny, Warmer Weekend

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 11:19 a.m.

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