Statues, paintings and other artwork from famed Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser will be on display across the state this year, including five monumental-sized sculptures that are being installed at the state Capitol this week.
Those efforts have failed, but the fight will be revived in the 2014 legislative session. Johnston County Commissioners have formally endorsed an organization that will lobby for a tax on sand, silica, gravel and other aggregates, The Oklahoman‘s Adam Wilmoth reports:
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has been selected as one of the first five organizations in the nation to test a new anti-poverty program to improve life in chronically poor areas. The tribe will create a “Promise Zone” in an economically challenged area in southeastern Oklahoma and use community groups, businesses and schools to focus on specific education and economic development goals.
Signs warn excavators to call before digging near underground pipelines, but many entities are exempted from such rules. And no state agency has the authority to punish those who cause digging-related pipeline accidents.
“Oklahomans talk a good game when it comes to compressed natural-gas powered vehicles,” the Tulsa World‘s Randy Krehbiel writes.
Gov. Mary Fallin has been particularly aggressive in pursuing CNG vehicles, and joined with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a well-publicized effort to pressure major car manufacturers to make more CNG-powered models.
So how much progress are Oklahoma governments making on converting fleets to CNG vehicles?
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the featured guest at a fundraiser next month for the Oklahoma Republican Party.
The former radio talk show host and one-time presidential hopeful is scheduled to speak at an event Feb. 8 in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Republican Party says the reception and dinner will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:26 pm
Update at 5:18 p.m. ET. Takes Off Safely:
The Southwest Airlines 737 that landed at a wrong airport in Missouri has taken off safely despite a short runway.
The airline said the plane took off after a thorough inspection.
"The aircraft is scheduled to resume regular service later today," Southwest Airlines said. "We continue to support the NTSB in their investigation to uncover the circumstances which led the Pilot in command of flight 4013 from Chicago Midway to land at PLK, six (6) nautical miles from the Branson Airport we serve."
On 'Morning Edition': Ashton Marra reports from West Virginia
Relief is finally arriving for the 300,000 or so people in nine West Virginia counties who haven't been able to drink, cook or clean with their tap water for more than four days.
Officials announced at noon Monday that tests show the level of a potentially harmful chemical have fallen to the point where the water can be turned back on. But, they cautioned that the process of bringing customers back on line will take several days and has to be done systematically.