USAG Fort Sill

A U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma will soon tighten access for visitors.

The Lawton Constitution reports the change at Fort Sill is a result of assessments made by Maj. Gen. John Rossi, who took command this summer. Officials say the increase of background vetting and access control is for the protection of those living at the base, not because of a response to a specific threat.

We may be in for a nasty flu season. That's the warning out today from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is worried because the most common strain of flu virus circulating in the United States is one called H3N2. In previous years, H3N2 strains have tended to send more people to the hospital than other strains — and cause more deaths, especially among the elderly, children and people with other health problems.

The ONEOK Building in downtown Tulsa.
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A lawsuit against an Oklahoma-based company claiming it and other natural gas companies gouged two Kansas plaintiffs is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

TCU School of Music

The University of Central Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra performs alongside talented guest musicians Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Hall Theater.

The concert features pianist Sallie Pollack, D.M.A., performing Chopin’s “E Minor Piano Concerto” with guest conductor John Giordano, chairman of the jury for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  

Ralph Morris, conductor of the UCO Symphony Orchestra, says the concert is an excellent learning opportunity for his students.

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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A federal judge is expected to hear arguments from attorneys for a group of journalists and news organizations who want to prevent the state from restricting media access to executions.

Arguments are scheduled before a judge Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian US newspapers, along with two journalists, are asking a federal judge to ensure that media witness are able to view the execution of a condemned inmate from start to finish.

NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
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The 2015 session is still months away, but the newly elected Oklahoma Legislature has already started talking about how to divvy up roughly $7 billion in state appropriations.

Some prominent lawmakers are promising to re-examine tax credits and economic incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of those incentives are used for wind energy, which the industry says are working.

Big Wind

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
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mental health
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Oklahoma is among five states that struggle the most with high rates of mental illness and a lack of access to treatment, according to a national report released Wednesday

Secretary Of Commerce Larry Parman Steps Down

Dec 3, 2014
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Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Larry V. Parman announced Wednesday plans to step down at the end of the year. Parman has served as both Secretary of Commerce and director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) since October of 2013. Prior to his service at ODOC, Parman served as Oklahoma's secretary of state. 

Governor Mary Fallin praised Parman's service and his commitment to moving Oklahoma forward.

Lee Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Victoria Tsaras gets active with her students, dancing to “What Does the Fox Say?”
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The number of students in Oklahoma public schools increased for the 2014-15 school year, keeping in line with a steady, long-term trend. 

Total enrollment for 2014 in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is 688,300 students, an increase of 6,722 over last year's total of 681,578. From 2010 through 2014, enrollment grew by 28,685.