4:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

2012's State Question 762 Did Not Change Everything

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Voters took the governor out of the parole process for non-violent offenders when they approved State Question 762 in 2012 but they did not take her out of the revocation process, Pardon and Parole Board members were told Monday.

Chairman Marc Dreyer said everyone thought the governor was removed from the revocation process with the passage of the state question. “I thought the board could revoke what the board granted and the governor could revoke what the governor granted,” he said Monday.

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3:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Ethics Commission To Consider Fees For Training

Cathy Stocker, Chair, Oklahoma Ethics Commission
Credit Oklahoma Ethics Commission

The Ethics Commission will consider an amendment to its rules that would permit the agency to collect fees for training events and from lobbyists and campaign committees.

Under the proposed Ethics Rules amendment, the executive director would be authorized to establish and collect registration fees to participants for training and education seminars, classes and similar programs and for related materials.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Injection Well Earthquakes Feel Weaker Than Natural Ones, New Study Suggests

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While a growing chorus of scientific research has linked Oklahoma’s recent spike in earthquake activity to oil and gas industry disposal wells, a new study suggests such artificial earthquakes are less intense than naturally occurring temblors.

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"Fulfilling Career"
6:18 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Mike McCormick Retires From Shawnee News-Star After 47 Years As Editor

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Longtime editor Mike McCormick plans to retire from the Shawnee News-Star on Nov. 7, ending a 47-year tenure at the newspaper.

The newspaper reported Tuesday that McCormick said it was the right time to end a "fulfilling career." The 66-year-old plans to spend more time with his family and work part-time at Seminole State College.

McCormick was hired as a reporter at age 19, while a sophomore at St. Gregory's College. He became city editor 10 years later.

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Jury Recommended No Prison Time
3:59 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Sooner Tea Party Co-Founder Fined $1,000 For Felony Blackmail

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The co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party has been fined $1,000 for felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions.

Al Gerhart was sentenced Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. He faced up to ten years in prison, but the jury that convicted him in May recommended that he not serve prison time and the judge followed the jury's recommendation.

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Oklahoma News
9:59 am
Tue August 19, 2014

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Guthrie

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 rattled the Oklahoma City area Tuesday morning.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The USGS says the quake was centered 4 miles south-southwest of Guthrie, or about 24 miles north of Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
8:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Moore Voters To Consider Bond Proposal, Sales Tax

SW 34th Street just east of Interstate 35 in Moore.
Credit Gayland Kitch / City of Moore/National Weather Service

Moore residents will vote on a $15 million bond proposal and a sales tax renewal for road improvements and public safety this fall.

The Norman Transcript's Joy Hampton reports the Moore City Council on Monday placed two initiatives on the November ballot. The 15-year bond proposal would fund an Interstate 35 overpass bridge at SW 34th Street. Local developers tell city leaders that retailers would come to the area if the bridge is built.

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Goats and Soda
6:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Marqui Ducarme is aided by his wife after catching chikungunya at his home in Port-au-Prince, May 23. The virus swept through Haiti this spring, infecting more than 40,000 people.
Marie Arago Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:16 pm

Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere this year. About 600 Americans have brought the virus to 43 states.

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Politics and Government
8:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Diverted Federal Funds Leave ABLE Commission In Trouble

Credit Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission

Members of the Alcoholic Beverage and Laws Enforcement Commission were informed Friday that federal funds intended as reimbursement for the agency were diverted to satisfy another Oklahoma state agency’s debt.

Executive Director Keith Burt explained the funds are a reimbursement from the Food and Drug Administration and is given to the agency on a contract basis if they satisfy the requirements of tobacco compliance checks around the state.

But the agency was informed last week, the funds had been “diverted.”

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8:23 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Absentee Application Deadline Is Wednesday, And Early Voting Starts Thurdsay

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Voters have until Wednesday, Aug. 20 to request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said. Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board or picked up at any of the state's 77 county election boards. Completed absentee ballots must be received by mail at county election boards by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 26. Those who want to vote early in person can do so Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

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