Illegal Immigration
8:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Cole: Fort Sill Not The Place To House Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

Infantry barracks at Fort Sill, Okla.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Homeland Security expects as many as 60,000 unaccompanied child immigrants will illegally enter the United States in the coming year.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says he's disappointed Fort Sill will house about 600 of those unaccompanied minors. The six-term Republican's Fourth Congressional District includes the Lawton military installation.

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6:02 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Common Core Education Standards Repealed

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to repeal the Common Core education standards, getting rid of the new guidelines for math and English scheduled to go into effect in Oklahoma schools in the upcoming school year.

Fallin on Thursday signed the bill that was overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate on the final day of the 2014 session. The bill requires the state to return to old standards in place before 2010 and directs new ones to be developed by 2016.

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Met for 45 minutes behind closed doors
5:01 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Board Of Corrections Meets But Botched Execution Questions Remain Unanswered

Credit Mack Alford Correctional Center

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections met behind closed doors for a briefing on an investigation into the botched execution of a death row inmate — but later took no action.

The board met for about 45 minutes with the prison director and the agency's top attorney Thursday at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.

Director Robert Patton declined comment on anything related to the execution of Clayton Lockett until the ongoing investigation is complete.

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Oklahoma News
2:47 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Oklahoma Wildfire Risk Website Available To Public

Credit Oklahoma Forestry Services

Oklahoma Forestry Services has rolled out a new website to help homeowners and communities determine their wildfire risk and eliminate potential hazards.

The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or SouthWRAP, allows users in Oklahoma and 11 other states to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain. It also routes users to resources that can help them implement practices to address the threats and reduce risks.

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Here & Now
2:14 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

John Fullbright Plays From New Album ‘Songs’

Marcel Houweling Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma musician and singer-songwriter John Fullbright, 26, is out with a new album called “Songs.”

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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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