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Record Rains Leave Oklahoma’s Inland Seaport Damaged And Dangerous

The McClellan-Kerr Navigation System that connects the Port of Catoosa — the nation’s furthest inland seaport — to the Gulf of Mexico is “a hell of a mess” after the area got nearly 20 inches of rain in May and June, port director Bob Portiss tell’s the Tulsa World. As the Tulsa World‘s Casey Smith reports, shipping barges couldn’t get in or out of the port between May 9 and June 28: That’s 51 days with no barge activity, and by extension no movement of cargo via the waterway. “It’s the...
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Beekeeper Tim McCoy pries a hive of European honeybees out of an electrical box on Ed Crall's property near Weatherford, Okla.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate across the country, but no state lost a greater percentage of its bees than Oklahoma over the last year. When it comes to the general public, there’s a lot of mystery around this issue, but the reasons are becoming more clear.

Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after the ruling that Affordable Care Act subsidies are constitutional.
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Thursday morning the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of federal tax subsidies for the federal Affordable Care Act. The 6-3 ruling affects 87,000 Oklahomans who receive the insurance subsidies designed to make access to health care cheaper.

Subsidies were also at risk in 33 other states that didn't established a state-run marketplace. Instead, residents had to purchase their insurance through a federally run program.

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

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

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says it’s working to remove nearly 20,000 tons of rock that fell in a June 18 landslide that’s kept Interstate 35 partially shut down for the past week.

Nearly 20 roads remain closed from previous storms dating to early May.

The tragic events in Charleston this month have released years of racial and political tension in the South, and the pressure is being felt by Republican officeholders across the region.

Why the Republicans? Because it is increasingly difficult to find officeholders in the region who are not Republicans.

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Updated June 25, 8:40 a.m.: The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party says a top-level staffer who pleaded guilty three years ago to a domestic violence charge has resigned his position.

Chairman Randy Brogdon confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Thomas Clint "T.C." Ryan submitted his resignation from his position as state political director for the party.

Gov. Mary Fallin earlier in the day said she supported a resolution calling for Ryan's ouster, and Brogdon said Fallin's position weighed heavily in his decision to accept Ryan's resignation.

Heavy flooding at the intersection of Main Street and Lahoma Ave. in Norman on May 19, 2015.
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The U.S. Small Business Administration says more than $5 million in disaster loans have been approved in Oklahoma for residents and businesses affected by storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding in 24 counties. 

The SBA said Wednesday that $72,400 in business loans and $4.9 million in individual loans have been approved as a result of storms that struck southern and eastern areas of the state from May 5 through June 4.

The 14 flags at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The Confederate "Stars and Bars" flag occupies the third pole from the front.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Oklahoma Historical Society executive director Bob Blackburn says he doesn’t think the calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from state Capitols in South Carolina or Alabama – or the move by retailers like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Sears to stop selling merchandise featuring the symbol – will impact one of the 14 flags flying at the Oklahoma History Center.

Jaimee Flinchbaugh / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Oklahoma City Zoo announced the birth of a giraffe Tuesday. The five-foot-tall ungulate born Monday is the fourth offspring of 15-year-olds Ellie and Bogy.

“Both mom and calf are doing well,” hoofstock supervisor Jaimee Flinchbaugh said in a statement. “Ellie is an experienced, doting mom, and her calf is full of energy and personality. We are excited to watch her grow.”

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With the number of registered independents on the rise in Oklahoma, the state Democratic Party is considering whether to open its traditionally closed primaries to independent voters.

New Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons says the proposal will be considered when the state party convention reconvenes on July 25 in Oklahoma City.

Hammons says the Democratic Party wants to focus on issues that matter to Oklahomans, regardless of party, and provide more opportunities for citizens to be active and involved in politics.

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