Storm damage at a home in Piedmont after the Thanksgiving 2015 ice storm.
Mark Fox / National Weather Service

Fallin Declares State Of Emergency, Thousands Still Without Power After Thanksgiving Ice Storm

Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon for all 77 counties in Oklahoma after a winter storm created icy conditions and led to flooding in other parts of the state over the weekend. As of 8 a.m. Monday, more than 53,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers remained without power, and the utility estimates it could be Wednesday before power is fully restored to customers in central and northwest Oklahoma. A majority of those outages are in Oklahoma City, but there were...
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A sign advertising Thanksgiving weekend hours hangs in a window at Hancock Fabrics in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It’s officially “Black Friday.”

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year, but retail polling firm CivicScience expects to see 3 percent fewer people out shopping this year, which comes after down sales in 2014 as well.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Updated Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Tanker trucks unloading oil at a Phillips 66 terminal in Cushing, Okla., home to the largest commercial crude oil storage in the U.S.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Phillips 66, a refiner with 700,000 barrels of storage capacity in Cushing, Okla., “has overhauled how it plans for earthquakes, a sign U.S. energy companies are starting to react to rising seismicity around the world’s largest crude hub,” Reuters’ Liz Hampton reports.

The changes include new protocols for inspecting the health of crude tanks, potentially halting operations after temblors, and monitoring quake alerts.

Move over, turkey. Step aside, stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole, an iconic Thanksgiving dish, turns 60 years old this year, and it's as popular as ever.

Love it or loathe it, the classic Midwestern casserole has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food sitting next to the mashed potatoes.

Turkey says that after issuing 10 warnings in five minutes, two of its F-16s shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey claims violated its airspace.

America's death penalty is under scrutiny after a series of botched executions, drug mix-ups and difficulty acquiring lethal injection drugs. Just last month, President Obama called certain parts of capital punishment "deeply troubling."

Some say long waits and repeated last-minute delays are tantamount to torture.

Syrian refguees arrive on the Mediterranean coast, Sept. 2015.
Freedom House / Flickr Public Domain Mark 1.0


Last week, the U.S. House passed a bill to halt a program that brings Syrian refugees to the United States. The vote came less than a week after the ISIS attack in Paris that left over one hundred people dead.

Oklahoma has a long history of taking in refugees. Notably, Vietnamese refugees settled in Oklahoma City in the mid-1970s. Now, many Burmese refugees of the ethnic Zomi minority are establishing themselves in both Oklahoma City and the Tulsa area.



Two months ago, the final round of the television game show Jeopardy! took the internet by storm. The prompt was “This song from a 1999 animated film about censorship had a word censored from its Oscar performance,” and stumped 26-year-old contestant Talia Lavin wrote:

“what is the love ballad of turd ferguson

ps hi mom :)”

25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers
Stillwater Police Department

Court records indicate the woman accused of driving the car that crashed into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade a month ago had a blood alcohol content of 0.01.

Adacia Chambers was arrested on suspicion of DUI October 24. Prosecutors say she drove around a barricade and into spectators gathered to watch the parade before crashing into a pole.

Pacific Trade Deal Draws Heavy Lobbying From U.S. Agribusiness

Nov 22, 2015
A central Illinois farmer harvests his crop shortly before sundown on Sept. 24, 2015. U.S. agricultural exports reached a record level in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Darrell Hoeman / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

A new trade deal aimed at cutting thousands of taxes and opening markets with 11 Pacific Rim nations has drawn heavy lobbying from some of America’s largest agribusinesses.

The deal – known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership – was reached in early October. It is designed to ease the flow of goods between partner nations by lowering restrictive trade policies and regulations.