Former Chesapeake Energy employees leave the building with their belongings after the Sept. 29, 2015 buyouts.
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Layoffs, Mergers, And Stock Scares In A Volatile Week For Oklahoma's Energy Industry

It's been a rocky five days for Oklahoma's energy sector, with downsizing, buyouts, and even a possible de-listing from the New York Stock Exchange. On Tuesday Chesapeake Energy announced its second round of mass layoffs in two years, letting go a total of 740 employees, including 562 at the Oklahoma City campus. That figure represents nearly 20 percent of the workforce at the intersection of NW 63rd Street and Western Ave. The company is a significant driver of Oklahoma City's economy. "I...
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The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $12.5 million to 13 Oklahoma tribes to improve public safety and programs for crime victims.

They grants are among 206 national awards totaling more than $97 million announced Wednesday for American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees.

In the five years since earthquakes first began blitzing Oklahoma, state officials have been hesitant to agree with scientists who blamed the oil and gas industry.

The shaking doesn't appear to be slowing, but the regulatory response is ramping up as more state officials acknowledge the link between increased seismic activity and waste fluid pumped into the disposal wells of oil fields.

To show how an oil and gas boom fueled a massive surge of earthquakes, scientists used algorithms, statistics and computer models of fluid flow and seismic energy.

Court Halts Oklahoma Execution

Sep 16, 2015

1 p.m. Update: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Richard Glossip a two-week stay of execution.

Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip at 3 p.m. Central time today, despite new evidence that suggests he may be innocent.

Glossip was convicted in the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese, based on testimony from Justin Sneed, who claimed Glossip hired him for the murder. Sneed was a convicted murder who struck a plea bargain to avoid execution himself.

Supporters of Richard Glossip celebrate outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary after they learned he was granted a stay of execution.
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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted a last-minute stay of execution Wednesday to Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, a little over three hours before he was set to die by lethal injection.

Updated 3:03 p.m.

Standing outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, anti-death penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean said the two extra weeks will give Richard Glossip’s lawyers time to present what they say is new evidence that will clear his name.

Alton Nolen in a 2011 photo from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
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An Oklahoma judge has ordered a jury trial to determine whether a man charged in the beheading death of a co-worker is mentally competent to be tried for first-degree murder.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley scheduled an Oct. 26 competency trial for 31-year-old Alton Nolen, who is charged in the Sept. 25, 2014, slaying of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at a food processing plant in Moore.

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The Oklahoma City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to introduce an ordinance that prohibits panhandlers on medians.

Tucker Tower is an 80-year-old landmark along the shores of Lake Murray.

State tourism officials are considering plans for an outdoor sports shooting complex at Lake Murray State Park, the oldest, largest and most popular state park in Oklahoma.

The proposal has generated some complaints that a gun range could disturb the ambiance of the park.

The shooting range, modeled after one being built in South Carolina, would be located next to a new state lodge now under construction in the 12,500-acre park.

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At least three people want to be the next chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.

The Tulsa World reports that party Vice Chairwoman Estela Hernandez, Robert Hubbard of Yukon and Pam Pollard of Midwest City are seeking the post that became vacant when former state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso stepped down as chairman.

Hernandez is serving as interim chairwoman. The 38-year-old Hernandez, who owns a small business with her husband, says she wants to build relationships within the party and will be an effective fundraiser.

Three earthquakes have shaken parts of central and northern Oklahoma in less than one hour.

The U.S. Geological Survey said all three quakes were recorded Monday between 12:10 p.m. and 1:08 p.m.

The first was recorded about six miles north-northwest of Perry in Noble County, about 60 miles north of Oklahoma City. Geologists say the 2.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of about three miles.