11:14 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Federal Judge Keeps Prairie Chicken Lawsuit In Tulsa

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A U.S. district judge has ruled that a lawsuit over the status of a threatened chicken species will stay in Tulsa.

Oklahoma's attorney general, along with the attorneys general of North Dakota and Kansas, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They claim the federal agency improperly reclassified the lesser prairie chicken. In doing so, the state lawyers say it increased the environmental burden on oil and gas producers, agricultural operations and the states.

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10:33 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Preservation Hall, Music Of The Dust Bowl, Watch-Out And Groovefest Entertain Your Week

A shot outside the home of traditional New Orleans jazz, Preservation Hall at 726 St. Peter Street the French Quarter.
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Oklahoma City University opens its 2014-15 Distinguished Artists Series with a performance by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band Thursday, September 25.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Sept. 4 news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:29 am

This post was last updated at 4:44 p.m. ET.

Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:03 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Confusion Fueling Oklahoma Outcry Over EPA’s ‘Waters Of The United States’ Rule

Mason Bolay climbs into the cab of a tractor on his family's farm near Perry, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine calls it a power grab by an imperial president. U.S. Representative Frank Lucas says it would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for famers and ranchers in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

State May Have Little Choice But To Rehire McGraw-Hill As Test Vendor

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Oklahoma may ask beleaguered test vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill to come back months after firing the company for a second consecutive year of testing troubles.

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7:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

GOP Legislator Calls For Barresi's Resignation

Representative Jason Smalley (R) District 32
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

A freshman Republican legislator from Stroud is calling for State Superintendent Janet Barresi and two top-level education officials to step down after the department announced the hiring of a new assistant superintendent.

Rep. Jason Smalley issued a statement Wednesday calling for resignations from Barresi, new assistant superintendent Larry Birney and the department's general counsel Kim Richey, who is married to Larry Birney. He also wants a hiring and firing freeze at the Department of Education.

Smalley referred to Birney as a "good ol' boy hire."

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Oklahoma News
7:12 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Human Trafficking Is More Profitable Than Drugs

Darrell Weaver, Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control
Credit Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control

Oklahoma's top narcotics enforcer says human trafficking has become more profitable than drug trafficking and that many drug dealers now traffic in young people for sexual exploitation.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Control Director Darrell Weaver made the comments Wednesday during a legislative study of child trafficking crimes and services available to victims.

Dr. Laura Boyd, a public policy and government relations consultant and a former state representative, told lawmakers progress in this field starts with changing the way human trafficking crimes are perceived and modifying current legislation in Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:51 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Rural Electric Cooperatives Resisting EPA’s Proposed Carbon Dioxide Emission Rules

A coal-fired power plant near Oologah, Okla.
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Carbon dioxide emission rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce pollution from power plants “are poorly formulated and impractical,” executives from Western Farmers Electric Cooperative said Tuesday.

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K-12 Education
6:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

State Department Of Education Plan 12 Town Hall Meetings

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has announced plans for 12 town hall meetings across the state to discuss education issues.

The meetings will include information about the Priority Academic Student Skills — or PASS — standards that will be used during the next two years and how the loss of the No Child Left Behind waiver will affect local schools.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Durant High School and the final meeting will be Nov. 17 at First Baptist Church in Kingfisher.

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Native American
5:02 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Osage Nation Boycotts FedEx For Support Of Washington Team

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The Osage Nation in Oklahoma is boycotting the global shipping company FedEx because of its relationship with the Washington Redskins football team.

The directive issued Tuesday by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear says that until the name of the NFL team is changed to something "less inflammatory and insulting," tribal employees should refrain from using FedEx when an alternative is available.

The team plays at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.'s Maryland suburbs.

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