Weather and Climate
11:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory Extended As More Heavy Snow Falls Across Oklahoma Saturday

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Updated 3:17 p.m.

Saturday afternoon the Norman forecast office of the National Weather Service extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Sleet will likely continue Saturday afternoon, eventually changing over to freezing rain between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. as lows fall to the upper 20s. Little to no sleet accumulation is expected.

Sunday morning there's a possibility of freezing rain before 7 a.m., but that should change over to just rain as much warmer temperatures arrive. Highs will be around 43 degrees.

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Politics and Government
7:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

First Legislative Deadline Passed

Oklahoma House of Representatives Chamber
Credit http://www.oklegislature.gov/

Lawmakers crossed the deadline for hearing bills and joint resolutions in committees of their chamber of origin Thursday and Friday, cutting the number of measures from over 2,100 to just over 900.

By Jan. 22’s deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions to be heard during the 2015 legislative session, representatives filed a total of 1,233 measures and senators filed 828.

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Education
6:45 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Oklahoma Education Board OKs Sugary Snack Sales In Schools

Ladybug bake sale cupcakes.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma education officials say students can continue to sell snack foods in schools despite concerns that the fundraisers contribute to health problems.

State Board of Education members Thursday granted schools the ability to set local exemptions to a 2010 federal law that limits the sale of foods high in sugar or salt at schools.

The board previously allowed a limited number of fundraiser exemptions per school.

Proponents say the fundraising helps communities and that health decisions should be made locally.

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Oklahoma News
6:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Osage Nation Planning For Sovereignty Celebration Events

Seal of the Osage Nation
Credit Osage Nation

Tribal members are preparing for the Osage Nation's Sovereignty Day, which is celebrated annually on March 11 to recognize the ratification of the Constitution of the Osage Nation.

The celebration begins March 11 with a gathering of Osage Nation leadership at the Osage Minerals Chambers in Pawhuska.

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear will provide a welcome address and speech.

The second day of celebration is devoted to tribal youth, while the third is meant to honor tribal elders. The last day offers the most activities for the public.

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Oklahoma News
5:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Seattle Zoo To Send Remaining Elephants To Oklahoma City Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Like the Supersonics, Seattle's two remaining elephants are being relocated to Oklahoma City.

The Woodland Park Zoo announced Friday that it will send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City Zoo so they can be part of a larger social herd.

Critics of the zoo's elephant exhibit have argued for years that the exhibit should be closed and the elephants sent to a sanctuary in California.

Last month, the mayor and some council members also asked the zoo to move the elephants to a sanctuary.

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The Two-Way
5:25 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:52 pm

(This post last updated at 10:50 p.m. ET)

Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

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Business and Economy
5:11 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oklahoma Loses 9 More Drilling Rigs

Crews at work on a Helmerich & Payne drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices.

The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 86 rigs were exploring for oil and 280 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,769 rigs were active.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota's count fell by 11, Oklahoma lost nine, Louisiana seven, Texas six, New Mexico four, Colorado three and Wyoming two. West Virginia, Ohio and Kansas dropped one each.

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Oklahoma News
4:47 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Senate Committee Approves Refrigerated High Point Beer Bill

Credit K. Graham / Flickr Creative Commons

A Senate panel has passed a measure that would allow liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer.

The Tulsa World reports Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, advanced from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 10-0 and heads to the Senate.

Bice was asked if the measure would create an unequal playing field because some liquor stores couldn't afford to put in refrigeration equipment.

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Oklahoma Watch
2:51 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Protests, Prayers Highlight 'Muslim Day' At The Oklahoma Capitol

An anti-Muslim protester chants Friday on the south steps of the State Capitol building.
M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch

Representatives of Oklahoma’s Muslim community, responding to complaints and criticism about their faith by some state lawmakers, came to the state Capitol Friday to learn how to become more politically engaged.

The event drew more than 100 participants and about two dozen protesters. The protesters, many with signs, stood outside the Capitol's south entrance chanting anti-Muslim statements.

VIDEO: A woman is removed from the Oklahoma State Capitol building Friday after she tried to disrupt a Muslim call to prayer.

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This is KGOU
11:35 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Callout: Your Stories Of The Oklahoma City Bombing

A clock in the blast zone marked the time of the bombing.
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

It's a day that we wish held no particular significance, but April 19, 1995 is etched in many Oklahomans' memory banks as the most horrific day in state history.

It started out as an ordinary day, or maybe some of us had plans to make it not so ordinary -- maybe a birthday or anniversary, a day off work or some other anticipated happening that would signify a break from routine.

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