Weather and Climate
7:57 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Gearing Up For Another Multi-Day Winter Weather Event

Another storm system swinging across the Plains will bring a chance for snow once again on Friday. Snow will be light, with the highest amounts, 1-3 inches, across southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says starting Friday there's a possibility for another multi-day round of winter weather to hit most of the state.

Snow chances increase early Friday and continue into the evening, but that precipitation should mainly affect southwestern Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:39 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma 'Right To Farm' Push About More Than Agricultural Practices

Attendees listen as former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemeyer speaks against Amendment 1 at the Missouri’s Food for America sign-making event at Café Berlin Friday, June 27, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.
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Oklahoma voters have at least a year before seeing for and against state questions on the ballot in November 2016. But you might want to get used to hearing this phrase now: right-to-farm. It’s a divisive national issue that’s made its way to the Sooner State, and puts agriculture at odds with environmentalists and animal rights activists.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Under Bill, Tougher Fines, Penalty For Cattle Rustling Than Assault

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Oklahoma's House Criminal Justice and Corrections committee narrowly passed a measure Wednesday that would make fines and sentences for cattle theft steeper than they are for aggravated assault.

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Politics and Government
7:31 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Senate Rules Panel Calls For US Constitutional Convention, & OK Constitutional Amendment

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Oklahoma could join a growing list of states calling for a convention to be held to amend the U.S. Constitution.

The Senate Rules Committee considered a bill on Wednesday calling for a constitutional convention to be held to consider amendments to restrict the federal government's power and impose term limits for members of Congress.

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn visited with House and Senate Republicans on Monday and urged them to pass the bill.

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Science, Technology and Environment
6:35 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Oklahoma Bill Targeting Major Wind Project Withdrawn

A wind turbine under assembly near Balko in Oklahoma's Panhandle. When completed, the turbine will be part of D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments' 300-megawatt Balko Wind Project.
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A bill to redefine public utilities in Oklahoma has been withdrawn amid concerns it would threaten plans for a major electricity transmission project connecting state wind farms to consumers in the South and on the East Coast.

Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada withdrew his bill from consideration after members of the House Utilities Committee complained it would threaten the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.

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5:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

High Court Leans Toward Religious Protection In Headscarf Case

Samantha Elauf outside the Supreme Court Wednesday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:46 pm

At the U.S. Supreme Court, you know that it's going to be a hot argument when the usually straight-faced Justice Samuel Alito begins a question this way: "Let's say four people show up for a job interview ... this is going to sound like a joke, but it's not."

The issue before the court on Wednesday was whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch violated the federal law banning religious discrimination when it rejected a highly rated job applicant because she wore a Muslim headscarf.

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Oklahoma News
5:39 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Sequoyah Lodge Dedicated After Extensive Renovation

Sequoyah State Park

Sequoyah State Park's renovated Sequoyah Lodge has been dedicated by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

The 104-room lodge — originally built in 1956 — has been renovated to emphasize the original mid-century modern design. Emphasis has been placed on interior upgrades which focus on environmental awareness including fabrics with reduced environmental impact and furnishings made in the U.S.

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Business and Economy
4:42 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Oklahoma Banks See 10 Percent Increase In Profits

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Oklahoma banks have seen a 10 percent increase in profits, earning a record $1.3 billion in 2014 despite the decrease in the number of banks in the state.

The Oklahoman reports that the profits are a sign of improvement for banks after the near economic collapse, according to Roger Beverage, CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.

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Code Switch
4:10 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Samantha Elauf was not hired by the preppy retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf during her job interview, which the company said conflicted with its dress code.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:27 pm

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.

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1:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hydrocodone No Longer Oklahoma's Most Prescribed Drug

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Hydrocodone is no longer the top drug prescribed to Oklahoma Medicaid patients.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that according to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the painkiller hydrocodone has held the top spot for more than five years.

Authority officials say that the drop is due to the changes in state and federal guidelines that reclassified hydrocodone as a more restrictive drug, which makes it more burdensome to prescribe.

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