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Oklahoma GOP Chairman Plans To Step Down After Brief, Contentious Leadership

Oklahoma Republican Party officials say state chairman Randy Brogdon plans to resign his position. GOP Vice Chair Estela Hernandez told The Associated Press Brogdon called her yesterday to confirm he is stepping down before he sent an email announcing a state committee meeting next Saturday to elect a new state GOP chairman. “This is an official call from Chairman Randy Brogdon for a State Committee Meeting to be held on Saturday September 12th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hope Community...
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Last year was a banner year for earthquakes in Oklahoma, but the state has recorded more magnitude-3.0 temblors in nine months than it did in 2014, Energy Wire’s Mike Soraghan reports.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announces a pilot program to pay for ACT exams for all Oklahoma 11th graders - August 19, 2015.
Oklahoma State Department of Education / Twitter

The State Department of Education wants more Oklahoma kids to go to college, so it’s launching a pilot program that would make it easier for all students to apply.

This year, high school juniors in the state won’t have to pay to take the ACT college entrance exam because the Department of Education is picking up the tab.

Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in American history, has been found guilty of violating the rules at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

Geoff Livingston / Flickr

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first federal limits on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to cut the methane levels recorded in 2012 by at least 40 percent by 2025.

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

There is a slight risk of severe storms late this afternoon and tonight across parts of northern Oklahoma. Primary threats will be hail to the size of golfballs and winds up to 70 mph.
Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Northern Oklahoma could see severe weather Tuesday evening, although it's possible hail and strong straight-line wind gusts could make their way into the Metro.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of the western third of the state. That was later expanded into several counties in central Oklahoma.

State Sen. Bryce Marlatt (R-Woodward)
Oklahoma Senate

A Republican state senator from Woodward is proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to raid money from Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust fund to pay for a teacher pay raise. 

Sen. Bryce Marlatt announced on Tuesday his plan to introduce a resolution that would submit the proposal to a vote of the people.

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The execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma County was once among the top 2 percent of counties nationwide that accounted for 56 percent of the people sitting on death row as of 2012, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Even before the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan was finalized, politicians in Oklahoma were already fighting it in the court of public opinion, and in real court, too. And Gov. Mary Fallin has vowed that Oklahoma will not submit a state compliance plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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