A new study says the United States is spewing 50 percent more methane than the federal government estimates. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Scientists say that means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than they thought. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.
A jury is deliberating the case of an Oklahoma police captain charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.
Jurors began deliberating about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the trial of Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison. Harrison is charged in the March 14, 2012, death of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. A 23-year veteran officer in an Oklahoma City suburb, Harrison has pleaded not guilty.
Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage says he won't run for re-election next year.
The Democrat from Claremore says he wants to focus his attention on his family and legal career. Burrage has served in the Oklahoma Senate since 2006, and went unchallenged in his re-election bid in 2010.
In November 2011, he was elected Senate Democratic leader. Burrage would have been term-limited in 2018 had he run for re-election next year.
Native American cultures are getting a helping hand from a surprising source…tourism. The stereotypes of insensitive non-Indians picking through baskets and turquoise jewelry, while still alive and well, is not what the American public, or the world, looks for in a vacation. They want an experience, and often as not, they want to learn.
Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 9:07 am
Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.
When a series of tornadoes battered Central Oklahoma last spring, close to 4,500 houses were damaged or destroyed. Six months later, many organizations are helping rebuild these homes and restore normalcy to the affected families. One of those organizations, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, has just finished its first home for one couple affected by the storms.
In the past week, this street market in Tacloban has grown exponentially as people try to earn money to rebuild their lives.
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Mark Lakaba, who was a construction worker before the storm, now sells candles, energy drinks and shampoo from a tarp in the market. He says about 90 percent of the goods in the market were looted in the frenzy that followed the typhoon.
Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.
Jimbo Tampol, who works for a local Coca-Cola distributor, drives across Tacloban selling ice-cold sodas from coolers. In a city where there is no electricity and little refrigeration, a cold soda is a big deal, a symbol of normalcy.