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Power Outages, Flooding Hit State As Ice Storm Continues

Updated Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. Downed power lines and broken tree limbs continue to be prevalent across the metro. OG&E is working to restore power to more than 75,500 customers currently without electricity across the state. Central and western Oklahoma are currently under a winter weather advisory until noon on Sunday. Caddo, Canadian and Oklahoma counties continue to be under an ice storm warning until noon on Sunday, including the cities of Anadarko, Yukon, El Reno,...
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Aftermath of an attack by a group of AKP supporters on the Hürriyet newspaper headquarters in September 2015.
Hilmi Hacaloğlu / Voice of America

On Sunday, Turkey’s ruling AKP party surpassed expectations and regained its majority in the country’s parliament. But the elections have been marred by violence and suppression of the media, and Turkey has been dealing with external problems along its Syrian border as refugees continue to flood into the country to escape the civil war.

A sign advertising job opportunities is displayed at the entrance of a Target store at 1200 E. Second St. in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It seems hard to believe, but November 6 marks three weeks until Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and (depending on who you ask) the official launching point of the holiday season.

But retailers across Oklahoma are already starting to hire their seasonal workforce to keep up with the sharp spike in demand for goods and services.

Nationwide, big box retailers like Target say they’ll hire about 70,000 people, and Wal-Mart plans to bring on 60,000 new workers, according to Journal Record managing editor Adam Brooks.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan address lawmakers at a legislative study on water Monday, November 2, 2015.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

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.


Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

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.
Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons

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.
Geoff Eaton / Twitter

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.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

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.