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8:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma's Gas Price Falls For 27 Straight Days

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Gasoline prices are down in Oklahoma — and they keep falling.

AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the retail price for regular gasoline in the state has fallen for 27 consecutive days.

The average pump price for regular gasoline was about $2.61 on Tuesday, down 41 cents from $3.02 on Oct. 29, the last day Oklahomans saw a day-over-day price increase.

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Oklahoma News
5:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Two Men Sentenced In Federal Meth Case

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A federal prosecutor says two leaders of a drug trafficking organization have been sentenced to federal prison on a variety of charges, including possession with the intent to distribute 15 kilograms or more of methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of Tulsa said Tuesday that sentences were headed down to 36-year-old Samuel Garcia-Escalera and 34-year-old Joel Deloera-Escalera, who were convicted following a five-day jury trial. Garcia-Escalera was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and Deloera-Escalera received more than 11 years.

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Politics and Government
4:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

AG Scott Pruit Joins 16 Other Attorneys General To Comment On EPA Rules

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 17 attorneys general from across the U.S. that are commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for power plants emissions.

The proposed guidelines would require coal and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of various toxic air pollutants. But the attorneys general's letter says rule picks winners and losers in the energy context by elevating renewable energy sources at the expense of fossil fuel-fired electric generation.

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Politics and Government
1:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma Is Now Truly A Red State, With More Republicans Than Democrats

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For the first time in Oklahoma history, Republicans have surpassed Democrats in voter registration, following a trend in state politics that has been taking place for decades.

Figures released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Election Board show Republicans with an 806-voter edge over Democrats in registration. Of the more than 2 million registered voters, Republicans and Democrats both top 43 percent, with about 13 percent registered as independents.

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Energy Diversity
1:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Farm Energy Going To Arkansas

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A southeastern Oklahoma wind farm is providing Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation with 150 megawatts of potential wind energy through a long-term power purchase agreement.

The wind power is being generated by the Origin Wind Farm in Murray and Carter Counties in southeast Oklahoma. The expected annual output from the 75 turbines on the 17,600 acre farm is 650,000 megawatt-hours, about enough energy to serve 50,000 homes. AECC is the sole recipient of the electricity generated by the wind farm.

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Energy
10:29 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Enbridge Considers Oil Train Line From Cushing

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A company that stores more than 20 million barrels at the Cushing crude oil hub is considering construction of a rail line from the town.

The Journal Record newspaper of Oklahoma City reported Tuesday Enbridge Energy Partners is looking to partner with Savage Services to operate a 120,000-barrel-per-day facility. Watco Cos. would provide the rail line.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:06 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New York Times: A ‘Blue Light Special’ On Wind Power In Oklahoma

Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

The cost of producing and providing electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines has plunged in recent years, and are on track to meet — and in some markets are already beating — the generation costs of conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

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State Capitol
7:38 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Echols To Propose Legislation For Research Of Cannabinoid Extract

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In a joint interim study on Monday regarding the use of Cannabinoid (CBD) extract for the treatment of severe seizure disorders, Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, stated that he expects to propose legislation in the upcoming session to allow for medical trials of non-intoxicating CBD with low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels. 

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Amy Stauffer stated that there are no good human studies as of yet, though some animal models have shown a positive effect.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

EPA Rejects Texas’ Plan To Reduce Haze At Oklahoma Wildlife Refuge

Meers area resident Bill Cunningham looks for haze over the Wichita Mountains from the top of Mt. Scott.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s largest utility companies will spend more than $1 billion to upgrade coal-fired power plants or retire them in favor of natural gas, all to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule, which is meant to improve visibility at national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Water
6:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Guthrie Declares Moratorium On New Building Permits

Logan Country Courthouse
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Guthrie city leaders have declared a moratorium on new building permits in some rural areas after losing a $1.27 million lawsuit brought by a rural water district.

The Rural Water District 1 of Logan County filed a lawsuit against Guthrie nine years ago, alleging the city was not allowed to install water lines and sell water outside city limits that were set in 1972. A jury on Nov. 14 agreed and awarded the water district $1.27 million to cover lost revenue.

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