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.
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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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The Oklahoma City Public Schools administration building.
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Oklahoma City Public Schools has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education to address the disproportionate discipline of black students in the district.

ay Moon, president of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, speaks about state incentive programs during a special meeting Wednesday at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state has identified several dozen tax breaks to be reviewed over the next few years.

Out of the six dozen or so tax incentives, rebates and credits that are up for review, there are four that could wind up not being an incentive at all.

Heartland Flyer, Amtrak train
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At 8:25 every morning, the Heartland Flyer rolls away from the Santa Fe Depot in Oklahoma City for a day trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

With Oklahoma’s souring budget outlook, just about everything is on the chopping block, including Oklahoma's Amtrak rail service.

Gov. Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that clarifies state regulators’ authority to take action on oil and gas operations linked to earthquakes.

The measure, House Bill 3158, authored by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview, takes effect immediately.

(This post was last updated at 6:15 p.m. EDT.)

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced on Wednesday that the countenance of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman will grace a new $20 bill.

The decision caps a public campaign asking for a woman to be placed on American paper currency and months of deliberation by the Treasury to replace either Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Cassie Cramer works with 8-month-old Mastiff mix Kingston on April 15, 2016
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Cassie Cramer takes a break from walking the prison yard at Oklahoma’s Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. She’s training an 8-month-old Mastiff mix named Kingston. Cramer pulls treats out of her pocket and encourages the puppy to show off.

“Down. Good girl! Bang,” Cramer told the dog. “This is her new trick: you shoot her and she'll fall over. She's so smart!”

Pups In Prison 

In Washington, D.C., several of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland’s former colleagues who worked with him on the Oklahoma City bombing investigation urged the U.S. Senate to grant him a nomination hearing.

Beth Wilkinson, an attorney who served as a trial prosecutor who helped present the federal government’s case against Timothy McVeigh, said when Garland returned to run the prosecution team, he told them they should never forget what happened to the victims, the survivors and their families.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Survivors and family members gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to remember the 168 victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Tuesday marks 21 years since the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The annual ceremony normally on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum was held at First Church at NW 5th Street and Robinson Ave. The sanctuary sustained heavy damage in the attack across the street. The remembrance was moved indoors due to the rain, and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett noted the similarity to the weather on April 19, 1995.

The Chisholm View wind farm near Hunter, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The nonprofit Oklahoma Public School Resource Center recently released a data survey on how the wind industry funds school districts.

The report shows there is a sizeable bump in property tax revenue when a wind farm is built. However, the state aid formula fluctuates when a district gets high revenue from other sources, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Mike and Mary Ann Johnson, and her daughter Deanie  Neugebauer, bought this home in Frederick, Oklahoma in the summer of 2015.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

 

Mary Ann Johnson and her husband bought a spacious 1970s-era ranch home in Frederick last summer. The remodeled kitchen is wide and open with a brand-new island juxtaposed by a retro cooking stove.

The couple grew up in Frederick, and they still have lots of friends and family here. It’s quiet and peaceful and they love the slow pace of life after years of living in Oklahoma City. It was an easy decision to buy the house and retire in this small, southwestern Oklahoma town.

But now, Johnson is worried about her daughter, Deanie.

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