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As Communities Prepare For New State Fracking Rules, One City Will Wait And See

Gov. Mary Fallin signed controversial legislation in May outlawing municipal bans on fracking and other oil and gas activities. Officials in some communities are re-examining their local drilling ordinances to comply with the law, which goes into effect later this summer. One city in southeastern Oklahoma, however, isn’t budging.
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As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment.

When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn't complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside.

The Newt Graham Lock and Dam near Inola, Okla.
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Slow moving storms that dumped record amounts of rain on Oklahoma in April and May killed the five-year drought, but damaged wheat crops in western Oklahoma. This after one of the worst wheat harvests on record in 2014.

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The Oklahoma Employment and Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's unemployment rate in March increased to 4.3 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

This marks the second consecutive month Oklahoma's unemployment rate has risen, but it still remains well below the national rate of 5.5 percent.

The commission reports about 80,000 Oklahomans were classified as unemployed last month.

Statistics show the oil and gas industry continues to shed jobs, with about 1,200 jobs lost from April to May in the mining and logging sector.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections currently has 99 offenders categorized as fugitives, but most of those are from work-release programs, halfway houses or GPS monitoring.

Several Oklahoma fugitives, however, have escaped from medium- or maximum-security facilities, and some have been living on the run for decades.

Those include:

Kenneth Cook, now 85, convicted of first-degree manslaughter, who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite on Nov. 24, 1986;

Thursday's rock slide along Interstate 35 northbound in Murray County near Davis
Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials are cautioning drivers to avoid Interstate 35 in the southern portion of the state after severe flooding caused a rockslide that blocked the highway this week.

The agency urged drivers instead to take US-81 or US-69 as alternate routes while construction continues.

Officials say southbound I-35 is narrowed to one lane at the rock slide location at the Arbuckle Mountains.

While construction continues, the agency says drivers should expect heavy congestion and delays for the upcoming weeks.

Capitol Steps
Capitol Steps

June 21, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we barrel towards KGOU’s fiscal year end, we are not over the barrel because of your financial support. Thank you very much. June 30 is the last day to make your gift at KGOU.org before the fiscal year ends.

Verna Foust, CEO of Red Rock Behavioral Health Services in Oklahoma City, said people with mild depression, anxiety and other problems are "falling through the cracks," not getting treatment.
Lindsay Whelchel / Oklahoma Watch

Every year, thousands of Oklahomans with mental-health or addiction problems call or show up at state-funded treatment centers and get little or no care.

The message is: Until you get sicker, you will get minimal help from the state.

That’s because Oklahoma’s mental-health system relies on a “triage” approach that limits most subsidized treatment to the seriously ill.

Bob Barry, Jr.
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Updated June 22, 8:01 a.m.: Funeral services have been set for longtime Oklahoma City sports personality Bob Barry, Jr., who died Saturday in a motor scooter accident in Oklahoma City.

Barry’s family says Crossings Community Church in northwest Oklahoma City will hold a public memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday.

Civil Rights Group Seeks Grand Jury Probe Of Tulsa Sheriff

Jun 19, 2015
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  More than 8,800 people have signed a petition asking that a grand jury investigate an Oklahoma sheriff and whether some reserve deputies received special treatment.

The civil rights group "We the People Oklahoma" submitted the signatures at the Tulsa County clerk's office Friday. The group wants to know whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz favored deputies who gave his agency money or goods.

One wealthy reserve deputy, Bob Bates, is charged with second-degree manslaughter after killing a suspect in April and has pleaded not guilty.

Matthew Lane Durham
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An Oklahoma man has been convicted of illicit sexual conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage.

Jurors returned the guilty verdict Friday against 20-year-old Matthew Lane Durham. He was convicted on multiple federal sexual misconduct charges after a trial in Oklahoma City and faces decades in prison at sentencing.

Durham was acquitted on charges alleging he left Oklahoma with the intent to abuse children.

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