Politics and Government
6:02 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Bingman Sets Up The Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman named the members Friday who will serve as chair and vice chair of Senate committees and subcommittees during the 55th Legislature.

Unlike the House where House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, altered the committee structure from the prior legislative session, Bingman’s appointments reflect no changes in the structure.

Some members who previously served as chair or vice chairs of committees, however, are no longer filing those roles and in most cases have moved to other positions.

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Politics and Government
5:47 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Agriculture Department Requests Legislation To Better Respond For Animals In A Natural Disaster

Those impacted by the Moore tornadoes were reunited with their animals. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service within an Incident Command structure to triage animals and place them in shelters so that they could be reunited with their owners.
Credit The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has requested multiple pieces of legislation for the upcoming legislative session, said Legislative Liaison Blayne Arthur at a board meeting on Tuesday.

Arthur said General Counsel Teena Gunter has been working on putting together the correct language for these bills to submit them by the Jan 22 deadline, though they have already officially requested legislation.

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Oklahoma News
5:07 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Adopts Wind Tower Rules

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Credit Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has adopted emergency rules designed to protect low-flying aircraft from towers used to measure and record wind speed.

The rules are a result of legislation passed by state lawmakers earlier this year. They must be approved by Governor Mary Fallin before they go into effect.

The legislation directed the commission to promulgate rules requiring the marking of anemometer towers to ensure their visibility to pilots in order to minimize the risk of collisions.

Anemometer towers can reach heights of about 200 feet and are regularly used by the wind power industry to help determine locations for future wind farm development.

Towers under 200 feet are not regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and can be left unmarked and difficult for pilots to see during the day.

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Indian Times
8:06 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Native News Week In Review

Credit Susan Shannon

Two Tribal Attorneys General Join The Northern Oklahoma District Indian Prosecution Unit

Two Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, one each from the Osage Nation and Cherokee Nation, were sworn-in at an investiture ceremony Thursday and will assist with improving public safety in tribal communities, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District.

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Politics
6:12 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Speaker Jeff Hickman Sets Up His House

Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

House Speaker Jeff Hickman has restructured the House committees and appropriation subcommittees and announced the various chairs and vice chairs.

Hickman named longtime ally Earl Sears of Bartlesville to replace Norman Rep. Scott Martin as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Martin takes over as chairman of a new appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for education.

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Small Business Administration
4:12 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Jan. 14 Deadline To Apply For Drought Disaster Loans

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Small businesses in 12 Oklahoma counties and two counties in Kansas have one month left to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration drought disaster loans.

Tanya N. Garfield, director of the SBA program, says businesses have until Jan. 14 to seek a federal disaster loan for economic injury.

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World Views
2:43 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Looking At The International Reaction, Condemnation Of The CIA 'Torture Report'

U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention facility on Jan. 11, 2002.
Photographers Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy U.S. Department of Defense

On Tuesday the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 525-page report detailing the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against detainees in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This so-called torture report describes the CIA’s extensive waterboarding, rectal feeding, and up to 180 hours of forced sleep deprivation.

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Oklahoma Executions
11:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Death Row Inmate John Grant Asks Parole Board For Clemency

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Attorneys for an Oklahoma inmate scheduled to die for stabbing a prison worker to death in 1998 are asking a state board to recommend sparing his life.

A clemency hearing is scheduled Friday for 53-year-old John Marion Grant, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killing corrections worker Gay Carter, who was stabbed 16 times at Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy.

Grant is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 19, but his attorneys are asking the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to recommend to the governor that she spare his life.

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Native American
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Pot Sales Unlikely In Oklahoma Despite Federal Announcement About Tribes

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The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Native American tribes can grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

But pot sales likely won't be coming to Oklahoma anytime soon.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:07 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mapped: Oklahoma’s Dams And The Potential Hazards They Pose

Explore Oklahoma’s dams with StateImpact’s interactive map detailing their age, type, owner, hazard classification and reported failures.

Oklahoma has the fifth-largest dam inventory in the United States. Ownership of the 4,700 dams is largely split between government agencies and private entities, including individual owners and other organizations like homeowner’s associations.

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