3 Dead, Suspect Held In Shootings At Colorado Planned Parenthood

Updated 2:30 a.m. ETA suspect is in custody in shootings at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colo., the city's mayor announced at a press conference Friday, and officers are actively checking the building for any additional suspects or devices."The situation has been resolved; there is no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs," Mayor John Suthers said.Several media outlets reported that a Colorado Springs law enforcement official has identified the suspected gunman as...
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan address lawmakers at a legislative study on water Monday, November 2, 2015.
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This spring, Oklahoma faced a problem it hadn’t in a while: too much water. Much of that floodwater flowed into rivers and out of Oklahoma — and that’s sparking big new ideas at the state capitol, and rousing an old fight.


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Updated 1:21 p.m.: The National Weather Service has canceled the Tornado Watch for Grady and Oklahoma counties, but it remains in effect until 8 p.m. for the rest of eastern Oklahoma.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City in May.
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A report in The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday raised questions about whether Gov. Mary Fallin and then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry improperly colluded in 2013 to pressure the Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners to drop an investigation into a spinal surgeon accused of bungling operations.

Oklahoma Democrats are now asking for an investigation since Perry had political ties to Dr. Steven Anagnost.

The scene at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Ave. in Stillwater following Saturday's car crash into the parade.
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Prosecutors are asking for a gag order in the case of the Stillwater woman charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of four people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade last month.

Defense lawyers started to present their case to the public the day after Adacia Chambers’ arrest. Attorney Tony Coleman held a press conference the night after the car crash, and told reporters about his client’s mental health history and mindset at the time of the incident.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry wasn't happy when Oklahoma authorities wanted to revoke the medical license of a surgeon who was accused of botching operations that left patients paralyzed, in perpetual pain - or dead. So he made a phone call.

25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers
Stillwater Police Department

Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas formally filed charges Wednesday against the woman accused of crashing her car into a crowd during Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade nearly two weeks ago. Four people died and more than 40 others were injured.

Stillwater resident Adacia Chambers faces four counts of second-degree murder, and 46 counts of felony assault. She’s been held in the Payne County Jail on $1 million bond.

From left, Oklahoma Corporation Commission members Todd Hiett, Dana Murphy and Bob Anthony hear arguments in the Jim Thorpe Building in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to determine whether the agency should reopen a two-decade-old telephone rate case.
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On Tuesday the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is delayed a decision to reopen a 25-year-old telecommunications rate case

In 1989, the commission voted 2-1 to allow then-Southwestern Bell (what’s now AT&T) to invest $30 million dollars in infrastructure instead of offering customers a refund.

Tobacco Use Reaches New Low In Oklahoma

Nov 3, 2015
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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced Tuesday that the smoking rate among adults has reached a new low.

According to a  press release, the number of adult smokers dropped by almost 78,000 between 2013 and 2014. The 19 percent decrease in the last four years has moved Oklahoma’s ranking from forty-seventh in the nation to fortieth.

Adrienne Rollins, OSDH tobacco use prevention manager, said the decrease shows Oklahoma’s success in prevention and protection against smoking and helping people quit.

In response to NPR's investigation into once-classified U.S. military experiments with mustard gas, we've been hearing from people who learned about their loved ones' experiences in the testing.

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Environmental groups are threatening to file a federal lawsuit against four Oklahoma energy companies over earthquakes linked to oil and gas activity.

Scientists say the industry practice of pumping oil and gas waste fluid underground is likely responsible for Oklahoma’s earthquake boom.