StateImpact Oklahoma
7:51 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Pressure On Arkansas Polluters Behind Recent Illinois River Water Quality Gains

Ed Brocksmith, co-founder of the advocacy group Save the Illinois River, says clearer water doesn't mean the poultry industry should be off the hook.
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Former State Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry in 2005.

His claim: Chicken waste was polluting the Illinois River with phosphorous. Arguments ended in 2009. Since then: nothing. The judge still hasn’t ruled.

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6:55 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

2013 Warmer, Wetter Than Average For The Contiguous US

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Tornadoes killed 54 people in 2013, even though the number of twisters was below average. The National Climatic Data Center has its year-end report on weather across the nation and the globe.
The State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale.
Sell State-Owned Facilities To Municipalities
6:20 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Possible New Solution For Oklahoma's Most Severly Disabled

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A state senator from Enid is proposing to sell state-owned facilities in Pauls Valley and Enid where some of the state's most severely disabled residents are cared for in an effort to stop a plan to shutter the two campuses.

Sen. Patrick Anderson said Wednesday his bill proposes the two campuses be offered for sale to the municipalities where they are located. Anderson said his hope is that the municipality could lease the facility to a private contractor who could then operate it for the current residents.

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Margins Are Narrowing
5:28 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

More Democrats Than Republicans In Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Election Board says the number of registered voters in the state has fallen to just under 2 million.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax released the agency's annual voter registration statistics Wednesday. They show the state has 1,978,812 registered voters including 885,609 Democrats, 854,329 Republicans, 238,870 independents and four Americans Elect registrants.

The total is down slightly from just more than 2 million registered voters in the state in 2012.

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2:50 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

Texas is one of 23 states in which Republicans have control of both the state legislature and the governor's office.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:18 pm

While the federal government is divided and gridlocked, some states have become political monopolies where one party controls both the state legislature and the governor's office.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:31 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Oklahoma Oil & Gas Regulator Proposes Rules To Help Study Drilling-Related Earthquakes

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has proposed new rules requiring more stringent monitoring of disposal wells in a region of the state that has seen a sharp increase in earthquakes.

Oil and gas companies inject saltwater and other drilling fluids into disposal wells so the toxic waste doesn’t contaminate water supplies. Federal and university seismologists have linked disposal wells to Oklahoma’s recent earthquake swarm.

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Native American
1:18 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Quapaw Tribe, Arkansas National Guard Sign Agreement

Quapaw Tribe Chairman John Berrey
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The Quapaw Tribe and the Arkansas National Guard have signed an agreement to protect the tribe's cultural and historical resources.

The agreement will help the tribe protect and enhance sacred sites and resources of historical and cultural importance in the state of Arkansas. The Quapaw Tribe lived in Arkansas for hundreds of years prior to its statehood.

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Oklahoma Revenue
12:04 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Doerflinger: Revenues Below Estimate, Adequate To Avoid Spending Cuts

Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday General Revenue Fund collections for the first half of the fiscal year remain below the estimate, but adequate to avoid across-the-board spending cuts through the remainder of the year.

“At this time, total revenues are below the estimate but still adequate to make it through the current year without mandatory spending reductions,” Doerflinger said in a release.

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Storm Shelters
11:10 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dorman Officially Files Bill To Fund Oklahoma School Shelters

Petitions are completed for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization in December. The group did not have enough signatures to put its petition on the ballot.
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An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation that would ask voters to decide whether to fund storm shelters in public schools.

The measure was filed Wednesday by Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs, a Democratic candidate for governor. It is similar to an initiative petition Dorman helped spearhead that called for a statewide referendum on a $500 million bond issue to pay for storm shelters in schools.

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2014 Election
9:12 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Harris Drops Out Of Governor's Race, Endorses Dorman

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
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R.J. Harris has dropped out as a Democratic candidate forOklahoma governor.

Harris made the announcement on his website Wednesday and says he's endorsing Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman in the race. Harris, who's previously run for office as a Republican and an independent candidate, says he's supporting Dorman because Dorman is "socially tolerant and fiscally conservative."

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is running for her second term in office. She faces a GOP primary challenge from former state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who filed paperwork last month to run for governor.

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