University of Oklahoma President David Boren, shown here during a 2015 press conference, is calling for a statewide penny sales tax for education.
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Study: Education Sales Tax Would Cost Average Family $262

A proposed penny sales tax increase would cost medium-income Oklahomans about $262 a year and raise $608 million annually to finance public schools and higher education, a new data analysis shows. The bottom 20 percent of Oklahoman households would chip in $90 a year, and the top 1 percent would pay $1,691, the study says. Penny Education Tax In Other States As a percentage of income, though, the tax would fall hardest on the poor. That’s because they spend a bigger portion of their income on...
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Gary Matli, a field inspector supervisor for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, checks on a Craig Elder Oil and Gas disposal well located east of Guthrie, Okla.
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While the research connecting Oklahoma’s earthquake surge to oil and gas activity is built on algorithms, statistical analysis and computer models of fluid flow and seismic energy, monitoring compliance with regulatory actions designed to stop the shaking relies on muddy, manual fieldwork.

Bison grazing
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The Cherokee Nation is set to receive a tractor-trailer load of bison to add to the tribe's herd on its 1,000-acre ranch in the unincorporated Kenwood community in northeastern Oklahoma.

The tribe is to receive about 50 bison from a national park in South Dakota on Thursday after acquiring the animals from the InterTribal Buffalo Council. The Cherokee Nation had gone 40 years without raising bison until last year and now has 68 head of bison on its ranch.

The oil boom that burst forth in western North Dakota seven years ago had both positive and negative effects on the region. While the increase in wealth and new opportunities for young people were welcomed, they brought along with them increased crime and congestion.

But this fall, the town of Alexander, N.D., is celebrating one unexpected upside of the oil boom: the Alexander Comets.

The Comets are a six-man football team (the school is still too small for an 11-man team). This is the students' first season playing, and the town's first season in 28 years.

Attorney Don Knight speaks to reporters during a state Capitol news conference Sept. 14, 2015.
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Death row inmate Richard Glossip is questioning whether a court order last week delaying his execution for two weeks violates state law.

Glossip is set to die for the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese, who was beaten to death in the Oklahoma City motel he owned. Justin Sneed, the maintenance man at the Best Budget Inn, said Glossip paid him to kill their boss.

Every time a cow or steer in this country is sold for beef, the seller pays a dollar into a special fund.

"We collect about $80 million" each year, says Polly Ruhland, CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. "Half of that stays at our state chapters."

All of it, though, pays for research, promotion and marketing of American beef. It funds scientific studies on beef's nutritional quality, promotes beef exports and pays for advertising, like the familiar slogan "Beef, it's what's for dinner."

In a much-anticipated visit, Pope Francis arrived at the White House Wednesday morning, where he met with President Obama. Francis addressed a crowd of more than 11,000 people.

Pope Francis during a 2014 visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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In a 184-page encyclical assigning moral responsibility to the fight against climate change, Pope Francis in June urged the world to phase out its addiction to fossil fuels.

Carly Fiorina speaking at a coffee reception and fundraising event in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
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Carly Fiorina is the latest Republican presidential hopeful scheduled to visit Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association says the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will speak Sept. 29 at a town hall discussion with independent oil and natural gas producers in Oklahoma City. The event is by invitation only and is not open to the public.

Fiorina is coming off a strong performance in last week's Republican presidential candidate debate.

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking at the 2013 Governor's Energy Conference in Tulsa, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Executives of oil and coal companies pushed Gov. Mary Fallin to “pay more attention” to their industries in public remarks, according to state emails obtained by Greenwire.

The emails, obtained through the Oklahoma Open Records Act, detail internal discussions as Fallin’s prepared for the 2013 Governor’s Energy Conference, Manuel Quiñones and Mike Soraghan report.

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The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a privately operated prison where four inmates were killed remains on lockdown but that lockdowns at other state prisons have been lifted.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton made the comments Monday, more than a week after a melee at the Cimarron Correctional facility in which four inmates died and four others were injured.