Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
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Oklahoma Officials Vow To Keep Fighting Obama Plan To Cut Power Plant Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized its Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s attempt to cut carbon emissions from power plants by more than 30 percent nationwide. Though just finalized, the plan has been in the works for two years, and Oklahoma officials have opposed it every step of the way. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has already filed two lawsuits against the EPA over the Clean Power Plan, in July calling it “an unlawful attempt to expand federal...
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A federal appeals court says Oklahoma's standard license plates, which show an Apache warrior shooting an arrow into the sky, do not contain a religious message.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Tuesday upheld an Oklahomafederal judge who had tossed out a Bethany pastor's lawsuit against the state. Keith Cressman said the plate endorsed a polytheistic religion.

The plate was inspired by Allan Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow" statue, but the 10th Circuit noted a state task force in 2007 wanted a new plate to market Oklahoma to potential tourists.

Woodward County, Oklahoma, is one of the most climate-skeptical counties in the United States, according to estimates from the Yale Project on Climate Communication. 

CNN columnist John Sutter recently visited the oil-patch county — where nearly one-third of the county’s 21,000 residents don’t believe climate change is occurring — on a simple expedition:

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol led the state in seized funds.
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

More than 100 Oklahoma law enforcement agencies received $47.5 million over more than a decade through a controversial U.S. Department of Justice program that shared forfeited private assets with state and local agencies, records show.

Nearly three-fourths of the money and property went to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which, according to a federal audit, spent about $2 million of it over three years on questionable purposes.

Dick Pryor
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After a quarter of a century in public media, the deputy director and editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority announced Monday he's moving on to a new career.

Since 1990, Dick Pryor has hosted OETA's Oklahoma Forum, the Oklahoma News Report, and the network's live election coverage.

The uproar over sting videos alleging Planned Parenthood illegally profits from selling aborted fetal tissue has only just begun on Capitol Hill.

An oil and gas operation in Logan County, Okla., in 2015.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma oil and gas authorities on Monday ordered the operators of 23 disposal wells in two counties to reduce the amount of wastewater pumped underground.

An epic legal battle is about to begin over President Obama's plan to address climate change, in which the Environmental Protection Agency is putting in place new limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. Critics argue the plan is on shaky legal ground, but the administration says it's prepared to defend the regulations in court.

In announcing the "Clean Power Plan" on Monday, Obama predicted some of the arguments his critics would make.

State Rep. Mike Shelton (D-Oklahoma City)
Oklahoma House

An Oklahoma lawmaker says he plans to file legislation to require Oklahoma schools to have written plans and procedures for dealing with earthquakes.

Democratic Rep. Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City said Monday the training is vital to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors from earthquakes. Shelton says the bill is similar to one he filed in 2012 that died in a Republican-controlled House committee.

Oil prices took another drop Monday, rattling the stock market and putting more downward pressure on gasoline prices.

For oil companies, the price slump is hitting hard at profits, but for U.S. motorists, the downshift has brought savings at the pump.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized its Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s attempt to cut carbon emissions from power plants by more than 30 percent nationwide.

Though just finalized, the plan has been in the works for two years, and Oklahoma officials have opposed it every step of the way.

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