Shaken residents line up inside Edmond's Waterloo Baptist Church to voice concerns and ask representatives from the Corporation Commission and the state Geological Survey questions about recent earthquakes.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Federal Scientists Worried Oklahomans Were Getting Wrong Message On Earthquakes, Records Show

Federal researchers feared Oklahomans were getting inaccurate information and inadequate warnings from state government scientists and officials tasked with studying and responding to a surge of earthquakes linked to oil and gas activity, a StateImpact investigation has found. 'ALARM BELLS' The earthquake on Dec. 7, 2013, happened on a Saturday, shortly after noon, during one of the biggest Oklahoma sport events of the year: The University of Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State University “Bedlam”...
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Gov. Mary Fallin signs into law bills part of a criminal justice reform package
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Governor Mary Fallin signed into law four criminal justice reform bills Wednesday. Each bill is aimed at scaling back Oklahoma’s sentencing practices.

The legislation comes as a result of Fallin’s Oklahoma Justice Reform Committee that met during the fall of 2015.

State Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, April 30, 2013.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

The Oklahoma lawmaker widely criticized for his remarks last week that many viewed as disparaging to Native Americans has apologized.

State Rep. Todd Russ said during a floor speech Thursday that Native Americans are "predisposed to alcoholism."

NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A $1.3 billion budget hole and state funding crisis fueled by low crude prices has polarized a debate on the state’s financial support of wind-generated electricity.

Construction continues on Evans Road at State Highway 66 east of El Reno.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state's budget crisis has been blamed on low oil prices, but it affects local governments too. That's because a portion of oil and gas tax revenue is earmarked for counties and schools.

Damage at Johnson Construction in Davis, Okla. Wednesday morning. The business lost three overhead doors.
Shelly Johnson / @wall_cloud Twitter

Severe thunderstorms moved across the state Tuesday afternoon and evening, downing electrical lines, damaging some homes and businesses, and dropping large hail. No injuries have been reported.

Updated April 27, 9:07 a.m.:

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and audience members listen to a presentation on right-to-farm at the April 19 meeting in Tahlequah, Okla.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Budget cuts and the death of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission were the thrust of mid-April’s regular meeting of the OSRC. But the real fireworks were around State Question 777, which you’ve probably heard referred to as ‘right-to-farm. What you probably haven’t heard it called yet is “State Question 666.”

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu speaks to legislators in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Oklahoma City Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with Superintendent Rob Neu. He'll remain with the district, but on administrative leave, through the end of the fiscal year.

Updated 6:31 p.m.

The school board met in executive session for a little less than an hour Monday evening, and emerged shortly before 6:30 p.m., when Board Chair Lynne Hardin read from a statement.

Ty Judd flashes a rattlesnake's fangs during a hunt on April 16, 2016 near Okeene, Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

 

If there are any rattlesnakes in the rocky hills of northwestern Oklahoma, Ty Judd knows where to find them.

Judd and his friends have been rattlesnake hunting these gypsum hills for years, armed with long metal tongs, a plastic bucket and a few simple rules.

“Watch where you step,” Judd said. “Never put your hand on the side of a hill unless you’ve looked it over because little snakes will curl up there and bite you on the hand.”

Gov. Mary Fallin, second from right, and her husband, Wade Christensen, second from left, greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, following a rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said South Carolina's former lieutenant governor had "great advice" in recommending Gov. Mary Fallin as a running mate.

Department of Corrections Interim Director Joe Allbaugh
Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Interim Director spoke to a crowded café in Oklahoma City Tuesday night. Joe Allbaugh addressed challenges in the prison system’s record keeping, inmate population and budget strains. 

Allbaugh praised the legislature for allocating nearly $28 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to the Department of Corrections, but he said the agency is still set to see a multi-million dollar deficit by the end of the fiscal year.

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