Oklahoma News
9:14 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council Votes Against Tribal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger
Credit muscogeenation-nsn.gov

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council has voted in favor of a no-confidence resolution regarding the tribe's principal chief.

The Tulsa World reports the vote marks the second time this month the National Council has shown that it might have the necessary votes to remove George Tiger from office.

The council voted 12-2 on the resolution Thursday. At least 12 members would be needed to vote on an impeachment measure if it comes forward.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:38 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Ongoing Corporation Commission Hearing To Determine Potential 15-20 Percent Utility Rate Hike

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

For the past several weeks the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has heard from attorneys for Oklahoma Gas & Electric regarding the utility’s request for approval to spend $1.1 billion.

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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Broken Bow Man Arrested For Illegally Transporting 117 Feral Hogs From Texas

Feral Swine
Credit Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry / oda.state.ok.us

A Broken Bow man has been arrested and charged with illegally transporting 117 feral swine from Texas to Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports that 65-year-old Samuel E. Richards is accused of attempting to transport the swine to the land he owns in Broken Bow on Sunday. More than half of the animals had diseases that have been eliminated in Oklahoma's domestic livestock population.

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Science, Technology and Environment
5:21 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Could A Cross-Country Pipeline Solve The West's Water Shortage?

Floodwaters from the Mississippi River flood Clarksville, MO in 2008. One idea for solving the West's water shortage is to pump water from the flooding Mississippi to drought-stricken areas. (eagle102.net/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:38 pm

One answer to the West’s drought problems is building a pipeline to divert excess Mississippi River floodwater out to the West. It’s been proposed, but it’s also never been built. Cost is one objection.

Pat Mulroy, former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority has proposed an east-west water pipeline, but the idea hasn’t taken hold.

She joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the idea.

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Oklahoma News
5:15 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Cherokee Nation Executive Urges Funds For Indian Housing

Gary Cooper
Credit cherokee.org

A Cherokee Nation executive is urging Congress to reauthorize funding for Native American housing.

Gary Cooper, representing the National American Indian Housing Council, said Thursday the funding has given the Cherokees flexibility to restart a dormant housing program that has since built 120 homes for its citizens since 2012. The Tahlequah-based tribe also says 220 homes are under construction.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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Health
12:43 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Record Breaking Flu Season Brings Death Toll Over 100

Credit Kat Masback / Creative Commons

A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma has brought the state's death total to more than 100.

The Oklahoma Department of Health reported Thursday that three new deaths were recorded during the past week due to flu. The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February.

Health officials say more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized in the state due to flu since the season began Sept. 28.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Local Officials Raise New Questions As Anti-Frack Ban Legislation Makes Progress

Volunteers watching the polls in November 2014 in Denton, Texas, before voters approved a citywide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Photomancer Flickr

As legislation written to prevent counties and municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities advances through the Oklahoma House and Senate, some city leaders and their advocates say the measures go too far and could have unintended consequences.

'Mess In Texas'

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Oklahoma News
5:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Begins Process Of Removing Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger
Credit muscogeenation-nsn.gov

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has filed paperwork to formally remove the tribe's principal chief.

The Tulsa World reports that the tribe's Election Board filed a petition Tuesday to remove Chief George Tiger from his position in the wake of revelations that Tiger signed a secret contract with a developer of a casino that would have competed with Creek Nation's casino in Tulsa.

Tiger says he did nothing wrong because he signed the contract before he became chief.

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It's All Politics
5:52 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2013. The two have never had a warm and fuzzy relationship.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:22 pm

The U.S.-Israeli relationship was one of the issues in the Israeli elections — in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's poisonous personal relationship with President Obama.

Now, with Netanyahu's return to power, that relationship doesn't look like it will be improving anytime soon.

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