Primary Elections
9:04 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Russell, Douglas, Guild Headed To Fifth Congressional District Runoff

Former State Sen. Steve Russell and former Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas
Credit Oklahoma State Senate / Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and former state Sen. Steve Russell will meet in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

Douglas and Russell were the top vote getters in Tuesday' Republican primary. They will meet again in an Aug. 26 runoff to determine who will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. The winner faces the winner of a Democratic runoff and three independent candidates for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. James Lankford, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

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Primary Elections
8:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard

U.S. Rep. James Lankford
House Republican Conference

U.S. Rep. James Lankford has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

By capturing more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the seven-man GOP primary field, Lankford avoids a runoff and faces the Democratic nominee and an independent in November.

The seat was open because U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn decided to forego the final two years left on his term amid a recurrence of cancer. The state's other senator, James Inhofe, also was on the ballot and easily won his GOP primary.

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Oklahoma Votes 2014
7:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Early Results: Fallin, Inhofe, Cole, Lucas, Mullin All Capture GOP Nominations

Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas all earn GOP nominations. Bridenstine has no Democratic challenger in November.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin has defeated two pro-marijuana challengers to win the Republican nomination in her quest for a second four-year term as Oklahoma's chief executive.

Fallin defeated Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Chad Moody and libertarian-leaning Dax Ewbank of Guthrie in Tuesday's Republican primary. The win sets up a November general election matchup against Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and two independents.

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Veterans' Health
6:16 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Coburn Releases Scathing Report On The Veterans Administration

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has released a report on problems he sees with hospitals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the care provided to military veterans.

The report titled "Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA" was released Tuesday by Coburn's office following a yearlong investigation.

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Primary Elections
4:26 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Tuesday's Voting "Running Smoothly"

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Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says there have been no problems reported as Democrats and Republicans go to the polls for primary elections.

Ziriax said Tuesday afternoon that the election appears to be running smoothly.

Ziriax says he has no reports on the projected turnout, but noted that during the gubernatorial primary four years ago that a total of about 512,000 voters cast ballots. That number included about 263,000 Democrats and about 249,000 Republicans.

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Code Switch
3:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

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StateImpact Texas
1:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Feds Target Oil And Gas Industry For Underpaying Workers

Exhibit from lawsuit: worker's time sheet showing 90 hours in eight consecutive days.
Credit Dave Fehling / StateImpact Texas

In states with the most oil and gas drilling, including Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota, the U.S. Department of Labor has won back pay for over 4,000 energy industry workers in just the past year.

It totaled $6.7 million dollars, accounting for a third of all such settlements by all types of industries nationwide.

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Here & Now
12:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Oklahoma Experiencing Dramatic Increase In Earthquakes

Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., Nov, 6, 2011, following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:58 pm

So far this year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes of a magnitude 3.0 or greater than any other state in the country — including California. More than 200, just since January.

This is a new and remarkable phenomenon. Just five years ago, Oklahoma was averaging only two 3.0 earthquakes a year. Now, it’s averaging one or two a day.

Scientists are saying that oil and gas-related activity, including fracking and wastewater disposal wells in the state, may be partially to blame.

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Fees And Tuition
12:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

OU Regents Approve Tuition Hike

Credit Madeline Stebbins / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a nearly 5 percent tuition and fees increase for the next school year.

The Norman Transcript's John Shinn reports that under the plan approved Monday, the per-credit-hour rate will increase by $5.70 to $137.60 for in-state residents, and by $19.50 to $425.80 for out-of-state residents. The regents also approved tuition increases of 5.64 percent for Cameron University and 7 percent for Rogers State University.

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Politics and Government
10:45 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Polls Open For Oklahoma Primary Election Voters

Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

Polls are open for Oklahoma voters to cast ballots in this year's primary election.

Find Your Polling Place, Confirm Your Voter Registration, And View A Sample Ballot

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