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Police Use Of Force Incidents On The Rise In Oklahoma City

Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of police killings per capita so far this year, according to an analysis by The Guardian. Oklahoma City police have been a part of seven fatal officer-involved shootings, which is more than any other department in the state in 2015. Officers from the police department in Tulsa -- the state’s second largest city -- haven’t shot and killed anyone in 2015, despite a higher violent crime rate. But Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama isn’t surprised...
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A semi along Interstate 35 between Norman and Moore after an early-morning fatality accident.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Updated 10:36 a.m.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reopened the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at 9:40 a.m. Thursday after a fatality accident shut down the highway for more than five hours.

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Interstate 35 northbound right at the border between Moore and Norman was shut down early Thursday morning due to a fatality accident involving a tractor-trailer rig.

Last year was a banner year for earthquakes in Oklahoma, but the state has recorded more magnitude-3.0 temblors in nine months than it did in 2014, Energy Wire’s Mike Soraghan reports.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announces a pilot program to pay for ACT exams for all Oklahoma 11th graders - August 19, 2015.
Oklahoma State Department of Education / Twitter

The State Department of Education wants more Oklahoma kids to go to college, so it’s launching a pilot program that would make it easier for all students to apply.

This year, high school juniors in the state won’t have to pay to take the ACT college entrance exam because the Department of Education is picking up the tab.

Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in American history, has been found guilty of violating the rules at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

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The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first federal limits on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to cut the methane levels recorded in 2012 by at least 40 percent by 2025.

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

There is a slight risk of severe storms late this afternoon and tonight across parts of northern Oklahoma. Primary threats will be hail to the size of golfballs and winds up to 70 mph.
Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Northern Oklahoma could see severe weather Tuesday evening, although it's possible hail and strong straight-line wind gusts could make their way into the Metro.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of the western third of the state. That was later expanded into several counties in central Oklahoma.

State Sen. Bryce Marlatt (R-Woodward)
Oklahoma Senate

A Republican state senator from Woodward is proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to raid money from Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust fund to pay for a teacher pay raise. 

Sen. Bryce Marlatt announced on Tuesday his plan to introduce a resolution that would submit the proposal to a vote of the people.

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The execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma County was once among the top 2 percent of counties nationwide that accounted for 56 percent of the people sitting on death row as of 2012, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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