Fracking In Slaugherville
7:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Slaughterville Residents Worry Over Oil Drilling

An Oklahoma hydraulic fracturing rig.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Some residents in a central Oklahoma town say they are concerned about a company that wants to start oil drilling in the area.

The Norman Transcript reports a Tulsa-based business wants to drill an oil well in Slaughterville.

Some residents told the Slaugherville Town Hall board on Tuesday night that they worry drilling would contaminate ground water in the community. Resident Herbert Rowsey says he is worried about soil contamination in Slaughterville.

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Race for Governor 2014
7:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Dorman Tops Fallin In Fundraising Period

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman raised slightly more money in his campaign for Oklahoma governor than incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in the most recent campaign reporting period, but Fallin still maintains a huge fundraising lead over her challenger.

Campaign contribution and expenditure reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicate Dorman raised $267,310 between June 10 and Aug. 11. That's more than $27,000 more than the $239,677 raised by Fallin during the same period.

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Health
7:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oklahoma Teen Birth Rate Second Highest In The U.S.

Teen Births, Teenagers 15-19, 1940-2013
U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oklahoma’s teen birth rate was ranked the second highest in the country in a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Wednesday.

The report showed Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased over the past 20 years, but at a slower pace than in every state except North Dakota and South Dakota.

The 2012 rate in Oklahoma was 47.3 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19. Only New Mexico had a higher rate. The national rate was 29.4 per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19.

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Fallin Fund Raising With Christie
6:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Fallin And Christie Tour Oklahoma City National Memorial And Museum

Credit Chimpanz APe / Flickr.com

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin have toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

The two governors were at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing Wednesday in advance of a Republican Governors Association meeting and a fundraising event for Fallin. Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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Stolen Communion Wafer
4:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oklahoma City Archbishop Sues To Stop Satanic "Black Mass"

St. Michael
Credit Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

The archbishop of Oklahoma City has sued to try to stop a group of Satanists from staging a "black mass" next month at a civic center, arguing that the group is using a communion wafer stolen from the Catholic Church.

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Immigration
11:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Officials Say Fort Sill Immigration Housing Boosted Oklahoma Business

Credit U.S. Department of Defense

Some officials say a southern Oklahoma city saw economic benefits from a facility that processed children who entered the country unaccompanied.

Federal officials say more than 1,800 unaccompanied immigrant children came through Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma before the facility closed earlier this month. It opened in June.

A 2008 law requires that unaccompanied child immigrants from countries that don't border the U.S. be handed over to federal officials within 72 hours of being apprehended.

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Oklahoma News
8:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Federal Authorities Charge Dozens In Oklahoma Drug Ring

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan discusses the investigation with reporters.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Federal authorities say Tulsa gang members have distributed $10 million worth of cocaine from Mexican cartels and murdered at least one witness since 2011.

A federal indictment states more than 50 members and associates of the Hoover Crips have been charged with a total of about 240 criminal offenses. Authorities released the findings of the three-year, multi-agency investigation on Tuesday.

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Education
7:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Survey: Oklahoma School Districts Continue To Struggle With Vacancies

Credit Oklahoma State School Boards Association

A new survey from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association shows that school districts in Oklahoma continue to struggle with filling teaching vacancies. Data shows school districts in the state reported more than 800 teaching vacancies.

“Local school officials have been saying for a while that finding qualified teachers is difficult,” Shawn Hime, executive director of the OSSBA said in a statement. “This survey put actual numbers to the problem — and the results should concern every parent and policymaker in the state. Having a highly qualified teacher in every classroom is the most effective strategy for academic improvement, but as a state, that’s not where we’ve chosen to invest our time, energy or resources. It’s short-sighted because it limits the effectiveness of any other plan Oklahoma puts it place.”

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Oklahoma News
5:48 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Western Lowland Gorilla Born At Oklahoma City Zoo

This is the second baby born to Ndjole, an 18-year-old Western lowland gorilla, who came to the Zoo in 2010 from the San Diego Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo

Officials at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden say a female Western lowland gorilla has been born at the zoo — but the mother has shown no maternal instincts.

The baby gorilla was born Saturday inside a Great EscApe day room to mother Ndjole and father Togo. Zoo veterinarian Dr. Jennifer D'Agostino says Ndjole was given several opportunities to bond with the baby during the first 24 hours after birth — but showed no interest.

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Oklahoma Watch
4:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Reported Rape Cases Soar In Oklahoma

Chart of Rape Cases in Oklahoma
OSBI: 2013 Uniform Crime Report Oklahoma Watch

Despite a decline in overall violent and property crime in Oklahoma over the past two years, the number of reported rapes has soared, a new report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shows.

From 2012 to 2013, rape was the only crime that had an increase, rising by 5 percent, to 1,762 rapes statewide, according to the OSBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report, released this week. From 2011 to 2012, the number of reported rapes jumped by 15 percent.

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