Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 4:11 pm
The State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.
President Obama’s international outlook remains heavily oriented toward decreasing the U.S. military presence in the Middle East. In his State of the Union address, the president promised to declare an end to the 12-year war in Afghanistan.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he raised more than $400,000 for his re-election campaign during the last three months of 2013.
Inhofe's campaign released his financial report on Thursday that shows the Tulsa Republican had nearly $1.6 million in cash on hand at the end of the period, which covers campaign contributions and expenditures from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.
The federal campaign finance reports are not due until midnight Friday, but Inhofe's campaign released the report early.
Inhofe reported total receipts of more than $3.5 million for the election cycle to date.
Oklahoma workers who are injured on the job soon will have their legal claims handled through a new administrative system instead of the current court-based system.
The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission will begin handling claims for any employee injured on the job after Friday. Workers with injury dates before Feb. 1 will be handled in the court system that is being renamed the Court of Existing Claims.
Bloomberg News reports the State Department's document on the pipeline will "likely disappoint" opponents of the Keystone XL. Several people familiar with the report have told Bloomberg News the study will say that the pipeline will have only a minimal affect on carbon emissions. President Obama has said he would take the report's conclusion on the Keystone XL's impact on climate change while deciding whether to allow construction. Once the State Department is released, it kicks off another review for the President focused on whether the pipeline is in the U-S national interest.
The U.S. State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmentalists and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document.
Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:46 am
As cities in the southern U.S. continue to recover from the ice and snow storm that brought life to a standstill in many places this week, stories are emerging about the incredible things some people did to help out others.
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Federal investigators are looking into allegations against a Tulsa halfway house that resulted in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections pulling its inmates from the facility, Oklahoma Watch has learned.
Edward Evans, acting director of the Corrections Department, told legislators at a House public-safety subcommittee meeting Tuesday that the federal government was investigating issues at the Avalon Correctional Services facility in Tulsa.
Legislative leaders in Oklahoma say not all mandates are equal.
House and Senate leaders say it's appropriate for Oklahoma to set academic guidelines, but they don't see telling school districts that they must build storm shelters.
Two competing shelter plans have emerged ahead of next week's opening of the Oklahoma Legislature. One legislator's plan would see the state raise $500 million, while one by Gov. Mary Fallin would let districts raise more money locally.