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9:11 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Inhofe Says He Will Run Again

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe
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Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe says he's running for another term in the U.S. Senate.

The senator announced his plans Wednesday to seek his fourth term representingOklahoma. In an interview Wednesday with Tulsa radio station KRMG Inhofe said he made his decision to run again after President Barack Obama was re-elected last November.

Inhofe would be 80 if re-elected next year to another six-year term in the Senate.

Democrat Matt Silverstein has filed to run against Inhofe.

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Politics and Government
5:53 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Inhofe Accuses President Of Trying To "Disarm The Armed Services"

Maintenance Personnel service E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS)
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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma says the nation's military is taking more than its fair share of budget cuts due to federal sequestration.

 

The Republican senator made the comments Tuesday to the Air Force Association, a group of active duty and retired Air Force personnel that advocates air power.

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Weather and Climate
4:14 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Four States And Six Tribes Send Firefighters To Pacific Northwest

Fire In Oregon
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Officials say 100 firefighters from Arkansas, Louisiana,Oklahoma and Texas are in Oregon to fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

  

The agency said Tuesday that moist and relatively cool conditions in the Southwest have diminished the fire danger in the region. That enabled the firefighters to be free to help out in the Northwest.

Officials say the firefighters left from Fort Smith on July 24 to begin the two-week mission. They're being housed in tents at Redmond, Ore., and sent as needed to wildfire sites.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Oil and Gas Helped Fuel Record Year for Oklahoma Tax Revenue

Oklahoma's economic recovery continues with oil and gas revenue.
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Over the last 12 months, the state has collected $11.3 billion in tax revenue — an all-time high, State Treasurer Ken Miller said Monday.

The record tax receipt — $12.6 million higher than the previous record set in December 2008 — is an indication that Oklahoma has recovered from the Great Recession, Miller said.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:04 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Oklahoma Moves Up, Now No. 6 in Wind Power Generation

Wind turbines near Woodward in northwest Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma remains one of the top states for wind power generation, U.S. Department of Energy officials said Monday.

Oklahoma ranked No. 6 in wind power capacity in 2012, an improvement from the No. 8 position the state held in 2011, according to an update of the agency’sWind Technologies Market Report.

A press release from the U.S. Department of Energy highlights Oklahoma’s importance in the growing trend toward a greater reliance on wind power:

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Business and Economy
1:40 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems Leaving Oklahoma

Inflatable Spirit AeroSystems Airplane
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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings says it plans to shed its operations in Oklahoma and postpone filing its second-quarter earnings report.

Shares of the Kansas-based aircraft parts maker fell 8 percent following the announcement before regaining some of the loss.

Spirit says it has started a process to divest its Oklahoma operations, which includes sites in Tulsa and McAlester. That's part of a broader strategic and financial review it announced in May. The company has hired a financial adviser to help with the process.

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Weather and Climate
1:19 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Certified Wheat Seed Scarce Due To Drought Conditions

Wheat Field
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Exceptional drought conditions and untimely freezes that have left some southeast Colorado winter wheat fields with nothing to harvest have also limited the certified seed supply for next season.

The Colorado Wheat Research Foundation predicts there will be enough seed available if farmers get in touch with dealers early.

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Moore Tornado
10:02 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Moore Receives First FEMA Debris Payment

Survivors of May's tornado look at a car damaged in the storm.
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The Moore City Council has approved more than $32 million to pay for cleanup costs related to the deadly May tornado. 

Moore Finance Director Jim Corbett says the city foots the bill for the cleanup costs, then is reimbursed by the state and federal government. Corbett says the city received its first payment last week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Twenty-five people died after the EF5 tornado tore through Moore, including a 90-year-old woman who died last week after suffering a fractured skull in the twister. 

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Homelessness
8:24 am
Tue August 6, 2013

"Street Paper" Makes OKC Debut

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Students from Vanderbilt University and the University of Oklahoma have launched a newspaper written and sold by homeless or low-income individuals.

The Curbside Chronicle is a bi-monthly general interest publication. It includes stories written by homeless people and other reporters about urban issues.

Called a "street paper," The Curbside Chronicle seeks to offer employment to homeless and low-income individuals and give them a voice. It also hopes to cut down on panhandling.

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Affordable Care Act
6:42 am
Tue August 6, 2013

State Leaders, Workers Enjoy Ample Health Benefits

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When Gov. Mary Fallin and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb go see their primary-care doctors, they pay $30 out of pocket. Their prescriptions cost $10 if they get generics, more if they get name-brand drugs.

Oklahoma taxpayers pick up the entire cost of their insurance premiums, which total $18,113 per year for each of their families.

In fact, the health allowance they receive from the state totals $19,717 a year. They can use the surplus to pay for other state benefits or roll it into their take-home pay.

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