Oklahoma News
11:26 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Three New Piglets Born At Oklahoma City Zoo

Red river hogs in their native habitat burrow into impenetrable vegetation during the day while saving much of their activity for night.
Gillian Lang Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden now has three new red river hog piglets.

The zoo announced Monday that the piglets were born on April 29. The zoo says the piglets' parents, Divit and Sir David Pigglesworth III, came to Oklahoma City from the Los Angeles Zoo.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue May 6, 2014

New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact

People survey the damage on Scenic Highway in Pensacola, Fla., after part of it collapsed following heavy rains and flash flooding on April 30.
Marianna Massey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:22 am

A new U.S. government report released Tuesday finds that climate change is already having a broad impact on both weather and the economy.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren tells our Newscast unit the third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive look at climate change that the government has ever produced. It was put together by more than 300 experts "guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee."

She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Death Penalty
9:12 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmaker, Attorneys, Officials Question Objectivity Of Fallin's Death Penalty Review

State Sen. and U.S. Senate candidate Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) has called on Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a moratorium on the death penalty after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett April 29. Speaking to reporters Monday, Johnson said the government's role as an execution should be carried out in an open, transparent, and accountable way.

“We feel that has not been the case to date, given all the particulars leading up to this execution, and certainly given what we perceive was the rushed manner in which it was executed,” Johnson said.

State Sen. Connie Johnson speaks to reporters Monday/Instagram

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Code Switch
7:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Can Student Journalists Ban 'Redskins' From Their School Paper?

This mural by the football field features Neshaminy's mascot.
Aaron Moselle NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

"Redskins."

That word sits at the center of a controversy in suburban Philadelphia. It's pitted student journalists against school board members, but has left the school community largely shrugging its shoulders.

Student editors at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County have vowed not to print the word, which is the school's Native American mascot.

The Neshaminy School Board, however, is expected to vote later this month on a policy that would reverse the ban.

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

USGS: Okla. At Increased Risk Of 'Damaging Quake'

A map showing seismic activity in Oklahoma since 1970.
United States Geological Survey

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 3:55 pm

The U.S. Geological Survey says the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has gone up dramatically in recent months and that the surge in seismic activity has increased the danger of a damaging quake in the central part of the state.

The USGS and Oklahoma Geological Survey issued a joint statement on Friday, citing a dramatic spike in magnitude-3.0 temblors, especially since October 2013.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:34 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Federal And State Agencies Warn Of Earthquake Risk In Oklahoma

A pump jack near Kingfisher, Okla.
Credit KATSRCOOL / FLICKR

Federal and state seismologists on Monday issued a rare earthquake warning for central and north-central Oklahoma.

The state’s earthquake rate has increased 50 percent since October 2013, according to the joint warning by the U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey. A likely contributing factor is waste fluid from disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, a link federal and university seismologists have made in several peer-reviewed studies.

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Burn ban prohibits any outdoor burning
6:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Fallin Declares State of Emergency, Issues 36-County Burn Ban

Credit Oklahoma Forestry Services

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state emergency across Oklahoma after several wildfires broke out across the state, including a blaze north of Oklahoma City that destroyed at least a half dozen homes and left one man dead.

Fallin also on Monday issued an executive proclamation for a burn ban in 36 counties for about the western half of the state.

Besides a massive wildfire that burned nearly four square miles in Logan County on Sunday, other blazes have been reported near the communities of Altus, Jennings, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward.

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Accused of blackmail and computer crimes
4:20 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jury Selected For Co-Founder Of The Sooner Tea Party Trial

Credit Nicholas Henderson / Flickr

A 12-member jury has been chosen for the blackmail and computer crimes trial of the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party.

An eight-woman, four-man jury was seated Monday for the trial of Al Gerhart, who was charged in Oklahoma County District Court in April 2013 after he allegedly sent an email intended to intimidate Republican Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:53 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Three Of Oklahoma’s Largest Oil Companies’ Plan For How The State Should Tax Them

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Executives at Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources and Devon Energy have proposed a plan for Oklahoma’s taxes on oil and natural gas production.

The proposal comes as legislators are debating state oil and gas taxes, which include an incentive for horizontal drilling that expires next year. The Oklahoman‘sAdam Wilmoth reports:

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Business and Economy
1:26 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Miller: Kansas Downgrade Should Serve As A 'Wake-Up Call' To Oklahoma

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller is warning state policymakers that a reduction in Kansas' bond rating should serve as a "wake-up call" that a potential downgrade could happen in Oklahoma, despite the state's growing economy.

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