Energy
10:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

OG&E To Make Environmental Improvements

OG&E Power Plant in Muskogee
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gas & Electric has filed an application with state regulators seeking approval of a plan to put the company in compliance with federal environmental mandates and modernize one of its plants.

The company's Wednesday filing with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission calls for adding two emission control devices to the coal-fired units at the Sooner power plant near Red Rock; converting two coal-fired units at the Muskogee plant to natural gas and modernizing the natural gas units at the Mustang plant.

The improvements are estimated to cost about $1.1 billion.

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Business and Economy
10:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oklahoma Treasurer: July Revenue The Highest Ever

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says revenue to the state treasury in July was higher than any July in state history.

Miller said Wednesday the state economy's healthy performance last month pushed 12-month collections further into record territory.

Growth in monthly collections from personal income and corporate income taxes was especially good, accounting for more than 50 percent of the increase in July.

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Politics and Government
7:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fallin Won't Attend GOP Garvin County Event

Mary Fallin
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A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the Republican governor will not attend a fundraising event for the Garvin County Republican Party where a flyer says the Ku Klux Klan was to be among the topics of discussion.

The flyer for the Aug. 23 fundraiser says Fallin, who is seeking re-election, was to be the guest speaker. But spokesman Alex Weintz said Wednesday that the first-term governor never committed to appear at the event.

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November Elections
7:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Seeking Re-election, Mary Fallin Releases New Ad

Joe Dorman and Mary Fallin
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's re-election campaign has released a new television ad that focuses on her policies of economic growth and opposing federal policies she believes are harmful.

The Republican governor's campaign released the ad — titled "Our Governor" — on Wednesday. The ad will appear on broadcast and cable TV across the state and shows her talking to Oklahomans while highlighting her record.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:28 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Sues EPA Over Federal Clean Power Plan

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

When StateImpact reported on President Barack Obama’s proposal to cut carbon emissions 30 percent nationally by 2030, mainly through less reliance on coal-fired power plants, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s reaction made it clear a lawsuit was coming.

On Tuesday, it became official. Oklahoma joined West Virginia — which is leading the case — and 10 other states to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Appeal Filed Today
4:55 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oklahoma's Ban On Gay Marriage Goes To U.S. Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

The appeal was filed Wednesday by an organization representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith, who was sued after refusing to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple several years ago.

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Remedial Action Requested
4:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Update: Workers Compensation Commission In Violation

Credit Office of State Attorney General

The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says an agency that oversees the workers compensation system has violated the state's Open Meeting Act and needs to take remedial steps to correct the violations.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Sandra Rinehart told the Workers Compensation Commission Wednesday a review of the agency's actions since November revealed numerous violations of the act, which requires activities by public agencies to be conducted in public.

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Here & Now
2:02 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Texas Town Welcomes New Immigrant Detention Center

Federal officials opened the doors to give a tour of the newly renovated detention facility in Karnes City, Texas, designed to house mothers and children apprehended at the border. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT)

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 1:55 pm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has set up a handful of new detention centers to process adults and children believed to have entered the country illegally. One of the new facilities is in Karnes City, southeast of San Antonio.

Joy Diaz of Here & Now contributor station KUT went on a tour of the Karnes City facility. She found that, unlike some other immigrant detention centers, this one is being embraced by the community.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:23 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Mapped: Which Oklahoma Counties Are Crossed By Trainloads Of Bakken Crude Oil

Source: Oklahoma Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission

Trains carrying 1 million more gallons of crude oil from the Bakken formation are expected to cross 20 Oklahoma counties each week, data from the Oklahoma Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission show.

Explosive, deadly derailments and fiery accidents have raised safety concerns about rail transport of North Dakota Bakken crude oil, which tests suggest might be more explosive than other types of crude oil.

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Oklahoma News
9:14 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Oklahoma DHS Announces $362.4M In Child Support Collections

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says its Child Support Services division collected $362.4 million in past due child support payments during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

DHS says the collections between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, is a new collections record and averages out to $993,070.46 per day.

The department says there is still $2.15 billion in past due child support payments that are owed.

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