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Power Outages, Flooding Hit State As Ice Storm Continues

Updated Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. Downed power lines and broken tree limbs continue to be prevalent across the metro. OG&E is working to restore power to more than 75,500 customers currently without electricity across the state. Central and western Oklahoma are currently under a winter weather advisory until noon on Sunday. Caddo, Canadian and Oklahoma counties continue to be under an ice storm warning until noon on Sunday, including the cities of Anadarko, Yukon, El Reno,...
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OCPA Impact's Dave Bond answers reporters' questions during a November 12, 2015 press conference outside the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
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A conservative advocacy group is challenging University of Oklahoma President David Boren's plan to fund education through a one cent sales tax increase.

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Impact filed a formal protest with the State Supreme Court Thursday, saying Boren's petition is unconstitutional.

OCPA Impact is accusing Boren's group of logrolling four different subjects in to one petition-- and says that violates the Oklahoma Constitution's single subject rule.

The ongoing Catalan bid for independence and the political crisis between the central government in Madrid and Catalonia has opened up a divide which is creating an internal conflict within Spain that runs deep into the social fabric of the country.
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On Monday, lawmakers in Spain’s Catalonia region voted for a resolution outlining a plan to separate from Spain over the next two years.

The New York Times reports the proposal to “disconnect” involves creating separate tax agencies and social security programs for Catalan citizens:

Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Mark Hammons during a Thursday press conference.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The Oklahoma Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Gov. Mary Fallin over three separate issues.

The complaint alleges the governor used private and public funds to cover an undisclosed expenses for a Paris trip with her spouse, Wade Christensen. In addition, it alleges the governor’s daughter received personal gain when she moved her trailer home onto the governor’s mansion property.

“This is the use of taxpayer property,” party chairman Mark Hammons said. “The mansion doesn’t belong to Gov. Fallin. It belongs to the people of this state.”

U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.)

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford called President Obama’s reasoning for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline flawed during a floor speech Tuesday night.

The state’s junior Republican Senator said the president gave three reasons for rejecting the project – it wouldn’t contribute to the economy in a meaningful long-term way, it wouldn’t lower gas prices, and that shipping oil into the U.S. from unstable countries wouldn’t increase American energy security.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Oklahoma oil and gas authorities on Tuesday ordered cutbacks at disposal wells in north-central Oklahoma.

The restrictions come after a barrage of earthquakes near the town of Medford.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz at the 2014 groundbreaking of a new law enforcement training center.
Matt Trotter / KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz goes on trial for two misdemeanor charges Jan. 20.

Prosecutors led by District 11 District Attorney Kevin Buchanan formally filed those charges today, nearly six weeks after a grand jury issued indictments for them.

"We just dismissed the indictments and filed the informations. They’re identical. There’s no difference," Buchanan said.

Tuesday night's Republican debate focused on economic issues. NPR reporters look at candidate claims about business creation, the minimum wage, trade and the length of the tax code.

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley on the health of the economy:

Republican candidates painted a fairly bleak picture of the U.S. economy during the debate, offering a litany of discouraged workers, sluggish economic growth and children living on food stamps.

Oklahoma's new labor commissioner Melissa Houston

Gov. Mary Fallin plans to appoint Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s chief of staff as the next labor commissioner.

Melissa McLawhorn Houston will serve out the remainder of Mark Costello’s term, which would’ve ended in January 2019. Costello was murdered August 23 at an Oklahoma City fast food restaurant. His son Christian, who’s been described as mentally ill, has been charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death.

(Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET.)

A federal appeals court in New Orleans dealt President Obama a big blow on Monday when it ruled that Obama had overstepped his legal authority in attempting to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.

The Obama administration has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

ACLU of Oklahoma legal director Brady Henderson during a Nov. 9, 2015 press conference, with executive director Ryan Kiesel in the background.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma brought a lawsuit against Gov. Mary Fallin Monday over delays in responding to open records requests.