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Caused by lone star tick bite
4:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Heartland Virus - No Treatment, No Cure

Female Lone Star Tick
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The Oklahoma Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case and death of Heartland virus.

The Health Department says a Delaware County resident recently died from complications of the virus.

Heartland virus was first identified in Missouri in 2009. The virus is found in the Lone Star tick and is likely spread through tick bites.

The Oklahoma case is only the tenth person confirmed with the virus and the second person to die from it. Other cases have occurred in Missouri and Tennessee.

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City Council approved liquor license
4:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Gun Range Will Serve Alcoholic Beverages

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The Oklahoma City city council has approved a liquor license for a new gun range expected to open this spring.

KOKH reports that councilors approved the liquor license for Wilshire Gun Range on Tuesday.

The 40,000-square-foot establishment includes 24 firearm lanes, 10 archery lanes and a cafe where food and alcohol will be served.

Wilshire Gun co-owner Jeff Swanson says customers' driver's licenses will be flagged once they order a drink, preventing them from drinking alcohol before entering the shooting facilities.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:04 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Attorney General’s Challenge To Federal Haze Rule

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule is meant to clear the air at national parks and wildlife refuges by reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Oklahoma Pipeline Company Seeks To Protect Prairie Chicken

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The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is partnering with a private oil and gas pipeline company to help protect the habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

The association announced on Tuesday its plans to work with OklahomaCity-based Access Midstream Partners.

The plan calls for Access Midstream to donate funds that will be used to provide incentives to landowners to preserve the bird's habitat in western Oklahoma.

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Energy
12:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Governor Fallin Urged To Reject Oil Production Tax

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An attorney who has successfully challenged the constitutionality of legislation in the past is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to reject a tax incentive for oil and gas production that he claims is unconstitutional.

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent hand delivered a letter to Fallin's office Tuesday urging her not to approve the bill. Fent says it was passed during the last week of the legislative session in violation of a constitutional requirement.

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Health
7:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Statewide Meetings To Focus On Oklahoma Residents' Health Needs

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

The Oklahoma State Department of Health wants to know what residents in communities around the state believe are their most critical health needs.

The OSDH plans a series of meetings throughout the state through the month of June. Public feedback will be used to update the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, which first launched in 2009.

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Inside vehicle being hauled to Memphis
6:15 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Deputies Find Marijuana Worth $650,000 At Truck Stop

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The Canadian County Sheriff's Office found about 115 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle being hauled from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tenn.

Local media report that deputies talked to a driver at a truck stop about 6:15 a.m. Sunday and searched the vehicle the driver was hauling.

Inside, deputies say they found several bundles of marijuana. The estimated street value is about $650,000.

Deputies interviewed the driver and do not believe the driver knew about the drugs inside the car.

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Alphonzo "Al" J. Jennings went into films
4:15 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Old West Outlaw's Possessions To Be Auctioned Off

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A pistol and other possessions belonging to a one-time Old West outlaw who later ran for governor of Oklahoma and became a film actor are going up for auction next month.

Auctioneer Ira Smith thinks the .45 Colt revolver owned by infamous outlaw Alphonzo "Al" J. Jennings could go for as much as $30,000 during an auction June 5 in Woodward.

Bob Blackburn with the Oklahoma Historical Society says Jennings was not successful at his get-rich-quick schemes or his political attempts. He says he was probably most successful at getting into the movie business.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Where Did Freedom Come From? A Case For Coincidence In U.S. History’s Defining Conflict

Our Banner in the Sky
Frederic Edwin Church Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The nation pauses Monday to mark Memorial Day and honor the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country’s freedom. The holiday started in the late 1860s to honor Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the four brutal years of the American Civil War.

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State Questions
10:14 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Unlike Previous Years, Only Two Questions On Oklahoma Ballot In 2014...For Now

The state questions on Oklahoma's 2012 ballot.
Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

After deciding 17 state questions in the past two general elections, Oklahoma voters this year currently will have only a couple of items to consider in November.

This year's pared-down ballot reflects what some political strategists say is a temporary shelving of social issues that boosted conservative turnout at the polls. Republicans have strengthened their grip on state government since 2010.

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