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Gary Matli, a field inspector supervisor for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, checks on a Craig Elder Oil and Gas disposal well located east of Guthrie, Okla.
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Oklahoma Oil Regulator Issues New Restrictions After Earthquakes — UPDATED

The oil and gas industry practice of pumping waste fluid into disposal wells is likely responsible for Oklahoma’s exponential surge in earthquake activity. State officials initially were reluctant to publicly acknowledge the link, which was made in numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers. That changed in 2015. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator, is now more frequently ordering plug-backs and issuing quake-related shutdowns and volume limits at disposal...
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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
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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.
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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.

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.

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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.

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