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Donald Trump at a campaign stop at the Oklahoma State Fair in September 2015.
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The Oklahoma Oil Billionaire Shaping Donald Trump’s Bid To Win On Energy Issues

Donald Trump is wooing energy-state voters by promising a presidency that will champion coal, promote drilling and free frackers from federal regulations limiting oil and gas development. If the Republican candidate’s energy platform sounds like it was written specifically for fossil fuel companies, that’s because an Oklahoma oil billionaire helped craft it. Donald Trump delivered his first major speech on U.S. energy policy at a petroleum conference in the capital city of one the country’s...
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Sgt. Rob Gallavan loads his department-issued rifle into his patrol car trunk on Aug. 1, 2016
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

A string of violent attacks across the country has many cops on high alert. And now, some departments are arming officers with more powerful gear. In Oklahoma City, that means police can soon start carrying personally owned rifles on duty, a decision that’s leading the department to find a balance between gearing up and preserving community relations.

'No longer rare'

It’s police sergeant Rob Gallavan’s day off. There’s a large black bag sitting on his kitchen table. He unzips it and casually removes a solid black, department-issued firearm.

Call specialists answer HeartLine Inc.’s various helplines inside the organization’s call center in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Two Oklahoma non-profits are struggling to determine how to maintain the state’s social services hotline due to budget shortfalls.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services cut all of the fund for the state's 211 call-in system.

The Norman Public Schools' administrative offices.
Jennifer Palmer / Oklahoma Watch

Parents upset over the axing of a Norman Public Schools language program are driving an effort to create what could be the state’s second charter school allowed outside Oklahoma City and Tulsa under a new law.

A group of parents is asking the district to sponsor the school, which would continue the mission of a French immersion program that was eliminated in the spring at Reagan Elementary School to save the district $400,000. The charter school, Le Monde International School, also would offer Spanish immersion.

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in south-central Oklahoma is not a national park — but it used to be. And the story of what happened illustrates a changing view of what national parks are for.

For over a century, the area's mineral-rich springs have been a gathering point for locals, travelers and tribes that were forcibly relocated to land that later became Oklahoma, says Debbie Sharp, president of the Friends of Chickasaw National Recreation Area, a nonprofit group.

Randy Ross is executive director of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board.q
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that dentists on North Carolina's licensing board illegally suppressed competitors.

In Oklahoma, licensing board members are appointed by government officials, and state agencies have to get legislative approval to change their rules.

The United States' Ryan Murphy, right, and bronze medalist David Plummer celebrate with their medals after the men's 100-meter backstroke at the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Monday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lee Jin-man / AP

Oklahoma City native and Westmoore High School graduate David Plummer won the bronze medal in the men’s 100 meter backstroke final Monday night at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

His teammate Ryan Murphy gave the United States its sixth straight gold medal in the event with an Olympic record-setting time of 51. 97 seconds. China's Xu Jiayu captured the silver medal with a time of 52.31 seconds, and Plummer took the bronze in 52.4 seconds, just .03 seconds ahead of fourth-place finisher Mitch Larkin from Australia.

StateImpact’s Logan Layden visited with OETA’s Lis Exon for the August 5 edition of Oklahoma News Report, after moderating a panel discussion on State Question 777 for the Oklahoma Policy Institute earlier in the week.

The discussion centered on the scare tactics being used by both sides of the right-to-farm issue: whether national animal rights groups are trying to force all Oklahomans to become vegans, or if Big Ag wants a license to pollute at will.

Author Lauret Savoy
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America’s history is the history of its people, and according to author Lauret Savoy, the history of the people is connected directly to the land. Savoy is a teacher, earth scientist, writer, photographer, and pilot as well as a woman of mixed African American, Euro-American and Native American heritage.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chambers
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rewritten ballot titles of two state questions designed to reform the state’s criminal justice system.

Justices voted 6-2 Monday to revise the descriptions of the proposals after determining the submitted versions by both a local grassroots organization and Attorney General Scott Pruitt were “misleading and partial.”

A natural gas compressor plant in northwestern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Linn Energy needs a new compressor plant to serve customers in the SCOOP and STACK, hot oil and natural gas plays with very little infrastructure in place to collect and pump natural gas to existing pipeline systems.

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