Energy
9:19 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Inside The State Supreme Court Hearing On Lawsuit Over Oil And Gas Tax Rate

A lawsuit over recently signed legislation that changes state oil and gas tax rates will be heard by the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, a constitutional challenge that could have broad impact on industry and legislative procedure.

I broke down the lawsuit on an Oklahoma News Report segment with OETA’s Dick Pryor, which you can watch above. But there are five things you need to know about today’s hearing, which could hinge on legal subtleties and word interpretations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Oil-Covered Owls Prompt Investigation Of ‘Neglected’ Oil Field Site

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The discovery of two barn oils coated in oil has prompted an investigation of a “neglected” oil field site in northwest Oklahoma.

Both owls died, the Enid News & Eagle reported Tuesday.

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Politics and Government
8:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Registration Deadline For Runoff Primary Election August 1

I Voted Sticker
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Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters have until Friday Aug. 1 to register to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election.

Voter registration forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board's website. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either register in person or mail their registration forms in and have them postmarked by the deadline.

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Politics and Government
7:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Congressman Tom Cole To Host Town Hall Meetings

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK4)
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Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) will host three town hall meetings across the Fourth District of Oklahoma in the month of August.

He invites constituents and members of the press to join him as he speaks in Frederick, Newcastle and Purcell, providing an update on the issues facing the district and answering questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 5 at noon Banc First Conference Center 201 S. Main Street Frederick, OK 73542

Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. Newcastle Community Center 705 NW 10th Street Newcastle, OK 73065

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Shift From OK County DA To Attorney General
7:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Attorney General’s Office Reviews Workers Compensation Commission Agendas, Records

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office is now conducting a review of the Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

According to published reports, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater launched an investigation July 21 of the newly created Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.  Prater closed that investigation after meeting Friday with the Attorney General’s Office.

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Trial To Last Through Wednesday
7:07 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Trial Over OKC Bombing Videos Begins

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FBI employees have told a federal judge that they thoroughly searched agency archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City heard the testimony Monday in the first day of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by attorney Jesse Trentadue.

He says the FBI won't release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.

The government says McVeigh was alone.

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See Fallin's Letter
5:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Fallin Sends Letter To President Complaining Of Costs To Taxpayers

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Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.

In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma.

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Four Oklahoma Tribes Selected
4:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants

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The National Park Service has awarded historic preservation grants to four American Indian tribes in Oklahoma.

NPS director Jonathan Jarvis says the grants will help America's first people preserve significant tribal places, cultures and tradition.

The grants can be used to fund projects including nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education and historic structure reports.

The four Oklahoma-based tribes receiving grants are the Miami Tribe, the Peoria Tribe, the Seminole Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

Margot Adler, seen here in 2006, was a longtime reporter for NPR. She died Monday following a battle with cancer.
Michael Paras NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 4:24 am

Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.

Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:20 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Tales Told Well From The 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

2013 OKC Storytelling Festival
Credit Jim Johnson

Storytelling is an innate human trait.

Long before the written word, stories were conveyed audibly through voice and music, and/or visually through art. They were used to explain significant events like natural disasters, conflicts, and histories. Myths, legends, fairytales, fables, ghost stories, heroic tales, epic adventures, religions, and origin stories grew from acts of storytelling.   

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