StateImpact Texas
1:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Why We Still Don’t Know Where Exactly The Keystone XL Pipeline Will Go

Courtesy the Keystone Mapping Project. ©Thomas Bachand 2012.

In Texas, the Keystone XL pipeline is a forgone conclusion. Every day, up to 700,000 barrels of oil (both domestic crude and heavy oil commonly known as “tar sands,” extracted from Canada) make their way from Cushing, Oklahoma through the Gulf Coast segment of the Keystone XL pipeline to refineries in Texas. This section of the controversial project went ahead while the northern leg awaits presidential approval — despite objections by some landowners and environmental groups.

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1:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Michigan Charges Oklahoma City-Based Chesapeake In Land Leasing Case

The corporate campus of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Charges have been filed by Michigan against an Oklahoma-based energy company in what authorities say was a land-leasing scheme.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday says he chargedChesapeake Energy Corp. with conducting criminal enterprises and false pretenses.

Schuette's complaint in Cheboygan District Court says land options in northern Michigan were obtained to keep competing companies from leasing. The leases later were canceled when competition for land ended.

A June 25 arraignment is scheduled.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Legal Challenge To New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions

A legal challenge to a recently signed bill authored by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman could have wide-ranging effects.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A controversial bill setting the effective tax rate on new oil and gas wells was one of the capstones of the 2014 legislative session.

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11:26 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Faces Behind The Burgers

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The New York Times' "The Way North" project on immigration has made it to the Sooner State (h/t to Oklahoma Watch).
A day-by-day journey up I-35 continues at Lopez Foods in Oklahoma City, an example of intersecting shifts in food processing and immigration.
10:30 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Three Family-Friendly Festivals In OKC

A shot from a recent Red Earth Parade in downtown Oklahoma City.
Credit Red Earth Festival / Flickr Creative Commons

Look no further than Oklahoma City if you and your family have yet to make plans this weekend as our state’s capital hosts three festivals and a parade.

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Oklahoma News
9:48 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Prisons Board To Discuss Oklahoma Execution Probe

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections at an April 25, 2013 meeting.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections is expected to meet behind closed doors to discuss an ongoing investigation into the botched execution of a death row inmate.

The board is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.

An agenda item says the board will meet in executive session to discuss the investigation and "possible litigation" regarding the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett.

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State Capitol
9:01 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Oklahoma House Members Want To Explore State Revenue

Credit Nicholas Henderson / Flickr Creative Commons

Two House members have requested interim studies that would examine Oklahoma’s revenue streams. 

The requests come after Gov. Mary Fallin and her top budget advisor, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Services Preston Doerflinger, who serves as the governor’s top budget advisor, began stressing in December the impact allocation of state revenues to specific purposes has on General Revenue Fund collections.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:42 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Oklahoma School Shelter Advocates Launch New, Slightly Different Petition

Civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson told parents and storm shelter supporters Wednesday protecting students from destructive tornados is "a moral obligation."
Kate Carlton Greer The Oklahoma Tornado Project

For the past nine months, school shelter supporters have fought to get a $500 million dollar bond issue to fund safe room construction on a statewide ballot. Attorney General Scott Pruitt revised the original proposal, adding what Take Shelter Oklahoma called “biased” and “unfair” language.

But the advocacy group announced a new version Wednesday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Norman Narrows Its Options For How To Have Enough Water in 2060

A water tower in Norman, Okla.
Credit Melissa Megginson / Flickr Creative Commons

At a public meeting on Tuesday, residents in Norman — where the water system is stressed due to population growth and age, and drought has taken a toll on already troubled Lake Thunderbird — heard about the city’s two options for water sustainability through 2060.

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no cashing in unused leave for state workers
6:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Governor Fallin Vetoes Five Bills

Credit Serge Melki /

Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed five bills, including one that would have allowed state workers to cash in their unused leave.

Fallin delivered the vetoes late Wednesday. She signed two other measures into law.

In her veto message, Fallin said annual leave encourages a healthy work-life balance and that the bill "transforms leave time into a commodity."

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