Some oppose wind farms for purely aesthetic reasons, or because they feel fields of turbines will hurt their property value. Turbine noise and “shadow flicker” are big complaints, too, and some people have raised safety questions about ice being thrown from turbine blades, and how the turbines would fare in severe weather.
The chairman of the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is asking state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller, Chesapeake Energy.
Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Board appeared in tribal court Thursday for arraignment on charges they misused tribal funds. Osage Nation authorities say they’ve known about $806,000 they say was misused by the board since 2012. That was when an audit showed the public funds could not be accounted for.
The case was first turned over to the U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided not to file charges, so Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones charged the four in tribal court.
A new public-private initiative is working to reduce heart attacks and stroke in a five-county area in southeastern Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Heartland Project combines public health personnel with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals and insurers to help patients reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke and live a longer, healthier life.
Counties participating in the initiative include Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Coal, Atoka and Latimer. The pilot project is funded through a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
A plan to require the Legislature to cover the state's publicly funded pension obligations each year has been approved by the Oklahoma House.
The House voted 69-24 on Thursday for the bill to require the Legislature to meet the actuarially required contribution, or ARC, amount each year. The requirement wouldn't apply if the total amount exceeded 15 percent of the overall state budget.
House author Rep. Randy McDaniel says because the Legislature historically didn't meet the ARC, the systems have grown to have an unfunded liability of nearly $12 billion.
Sallisaw's new police chief won't be picked from a hat after all.
Sequoyah County election officials say a runoff election will be held April 1 after Tuesday's contest ended in a tie. Both Terry Franklin and Sandy Girdner received 837 votes, and election officials initially said they'd draw the winner's name from a hat.
But on Wednesday, Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said the city attorney's office notified the board that a runoff election would be the appropriate response.