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Former state Sen. Al McAffrey (left center) poses with his partner, David Stinson, and other supporters as they take a group photo during his August 23, 2016 night watch party for run-off election in the Democratic race for the 5th Congressional District.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

McAffrey Wins 5th District Democratic Race; Norman Stormwater Proposal Defeated

Voters across Oklahoma headed to the polls Tuesday to decide which Democratic candidate would represent the 5th Congressional District in this fall’s general election. There were also just over a dozen state legislative nominations up for grabs, as well as local and municipal propositions. Updated 9:32 p.m. Former Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey will get another crack at Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Russell this fall in a rematch of the 2014 general election for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional...
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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.

The Oklahoma Judicial Center houses the state Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Trevor Brown / Oklahoma Watch

Anti-abortion laws. A Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol. An overhaul of the workers’ compensation system.

Controversial rejections of all or parts of these legislative actions by the Oklahoma Supreme Court – coupled with a push by national and state conservative groups – have led to a steady march of bills over the past decade that would alter the process for choosing state Supreme Court and Appeals courts justices.

Legacy Trail Apartments, one of the complexes under development in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Permits to build apartments in Oklahoma are up 150 percent over last year.

That’s a stark contrast to national construction numbers, which Federal Reserve economist and Oklahoma City branch executive Chad Wilkerson says fell by almost 10 percent.

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

Delta flights around the world were delayed this morning because of a "computer outage," the company says.

A power outage in Atlanta around 2:30 a.m. ET was responsible for the problem, the company said in a statement.

State Treasurer Ken Miller
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The current economic downturn has now lasted longer than the Great Recession in Oklahoma.

State treasurer Ken Miller said the downturn in gross receipts has now lasted for 17 months, based on July figures released Friday. The gross receipts shrinkage after the financial crisis eight years ago lasted from December 2008 to February 2010.

Expansion of Michelin's tire manufacturing plant in Ardmore and Goodyear's plant in Lawton are being subsidized by the state for nearly $89 million over 13 years.
Laura Estes / Oklahoma Watch

When a state commission examining business incentives voted in June to review 53 of them over four years, one did not appear by name on the list: a subsidy for big tire manufacturers in Oklahoma.

Lyle Roggow, chairman of the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission, said when the group voted, members weren’t familiar with the little-known incentive, which is costing the state nearly $89 million over 13 years. Roggow said he learned about it after Oklahoma Watch asked the Office of Management and Enterprise Services why the incentive wasn’t named on the list for review.

Karen Holp, KGOU General Manager.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

August 7, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I have something very personal to tell you. After 28 years at KGOU, and 41 years in the public radio business, I have decided to retire later this fall.

Together we have grown KGOU to a significant service. There are many to thank – from the administration of the University of Oklahoma and OU Outreach, to the marvelous staff of KGOU who work hard every day, to you who have listened and supported KGOU these many years.

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