Latest One Was Magnitude 4.0
7:14 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Five Earthquakes Recorded In Oklahoma Friday...So Far

Seismic graph.
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The U.S. Geological Survey reports five earthquakes — including one of magnitude 4.0 — in Oklahoma.

Authorities say there are no reports of injury or damage from the Friday quakes.

The 4.0 quake was recorded at 5:35 p.m. near Medford — about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City. A 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded in the same area at 3:18 p.m.

The other three quakes were record near Langston — about 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

They included a 3.9 magnitude quake at 10:09 a.m., a 3.2 magnitude quake at 7:36 a.m. and a 3.4 magnitude quake at 2:10 a.m.

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new hearing will be on sept. 12
6:32 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Technicality Postpones Decision On Ten Commandments Lawsuit

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An Oklahoma County judge has postponed deciding whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments located on the grounds of the state Capitol.

District Judge Thomas Prince ruled Friday there are technical problems with a motion to dismiss the case. Prince ordered that a new motion and legal briefs be filed and rescheduled the hearing for Sept. 12.

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to be taken over by Alva state bank
6:15 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Freedom State Bank Closed Today

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Oklahoma banking commissioner Mick Thompson has closed The Freedom State Bank in Freedom.

The state banking department says the bank was closed at 4 p.m. Friday due to exhaustion of capital funds and that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has reached an agreement with Alva State Bank & Trust Company to take the deposits and some assets of the bank.

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State Testing
3:37 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma To Change Standardized Test Provider

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Oklahoma education officials are preparing to solicit bids for a new state testing vendor after back-to-back years of disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for Oklahoma students.

Oklahoma Department of Education spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton said Friday the agency was drafting a request for proposals after the Board of Education voted this week to terminate the agency's contract with the state's current testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill. The company is in the second year of a five-year contract with the state.

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Governor Fallin
2:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Asked To Reconsider Open Records Ruling

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The American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma has asked an Oklahoma County judge to reconsider her ruling that Gov. Mary Fallin has the legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma'sOpen Records Act.

The ACLU filed the motion on Friday, 10 days after District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled that the "deliberative process privilege" cited by Fallin in withholding the documents is recognized by Oklahoma law. The ACLU's motion says the decision "is plainly contrary to law."

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Fees And Tuition
2:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Most Oklahoma Colleges And Universities Raise Tuition

The University of Oklahoma's tuition raise is lower than the state average, but it's still the most expensive university per credit hour in Oklahoma.
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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for 23 of 25 Oklahoma's colleges and universities. School presidents presented their proposed increases before the regents Wednesday.

The average percentage increase for undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees is 5.8 percent, according to data provided by the Regents.

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Health
9:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma Health Authority OKs Copay Increase

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Citing a $104 million budget shortfall, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board has voted to increase copayments for Medicaid participants.

Leaders at the organization, which administers Oklahoma's Medicaid program, cited decreases in federal funding and a drop in tobacco tax revenue for the shortfall. The panel approved several rule changes Thursday, including a plan that increases most Medicaid copayments from $3 to $4.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Town Hall Turns Testy As Oklahomans Seek Action And Answers On Earthquakes

Shaken residents line up inside Edmond's Waterloo Road Baptist Church to voice concerns and ask representatives from the Corporation Commission and the state Geological Survey questions about recent earthquakes.
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Oklahomans rattled by a surge of earthquakes on Thursday packed a contentious town hall meeting in Edmond and demanded answers and action from public officials.

There was booing and shouts for regulators to impose a moratorium on wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, which scientists have linked to Oklahoma’s exponential increase in earthquake activity.

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Sports
6:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder Selects Michigan's McGary, Stanford's Huestis In NBA Draft

The Oklahoma City Thunder took Michigan forward Mitch McGary with the 21st pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

McGary, at 6-foot-10 and 255-pounds, averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, but he played just eight games after electing to have back surgery. He tested positive for marijuana last season and faced a suspension, so he left after his sophomore year.

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co-sponsored by Markwayne Mullin
6:09 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bill Passes U.S. House That May Help Reduce Gasoline Prices

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin says he is pleased that the U.S. House has passed a bill intended to expand energy production in the United States.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that its sponsors say is aimed at reducing gasoline prices nationwide. Mullin is a co-sponsor. He says the bill is important for oil- and gas-rich states like Oklahoma.

The vote Thursday was 229-185.

A provision of the bill would also restructure the leasing process for federal lands.

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