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10:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Officials To Study Oklahoma Water Shortage Solutions

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is planning in-depth studies to prevent water supply shortages in western Oklahoma.

Planning specialists will study three of the state's twelve "Hot Spot" basins identified in a 2012 water plan as expected to have the most water supply challenges within the next 50 years.

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World
9:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cole: More Than Sanctions Needed To Stabilize Eastern Europe

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The White House has called for an unimpeded international investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine. 

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says the suspected surface-to-air missile attack on the passenger plane shows that President Obama's announcement this week to impose more sanctions on Russia isn't enough to ease the conflict in Eastern Europe.

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Agriculture
7:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wheat Crop Worst In Nearly Half Century

Fred and Wayne Schmedt say the drought has withered their wheat plants down from an average height of 24 to 30 inches to just 6 to 8 inches.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma agriculture officials say ongoing drought during the start of spring followed by a late freeze and untimely late spring rains produced the worst wheat crop in nearly a half century.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission director Mike Schulte says the current projection is for about 51 million bushels of wheat in the state — the lowest total since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957.

Schulte says the harvest is considered 97 percent complete as of Monday but says he knows of no farmers still trying to collect the crop.

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Politics and Government
8:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Workers Compensation Commssion Adopts Budget And Explains Employee Terminations

Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission
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The Workers' Compensation Commission approved its first full fiscal year budget Thursday totaling $4.5 million.

Executive Director Rick Farmer walked the three commissioners through the income and expenditure sides of the ledger during the commission meeting.

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6:46 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Poll: Oklahomans Support More Regulation of Wind Energy Development; Oppose Taxpayer Subsidies

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Voters want to see the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which currently oversees all other electrical generating facilities in the state except for electricity created by wind, to regulate wind energy as well, with 72.4 percent in support.
Results from the latest SoonerPoll indicate that likely Oklahoma voters, who in other polling typically oppose more regulation, believe there is not enough regulation of wind energy development or oversight of wind tax subsidies in the state. Slightly more than two-thirds (68.4%) of Oklahomans support more...
Home Repair Fraud
6:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Attorney General Gets His Man

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After a four-year pursuit, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says it has secured $42,158 in restitution from a Texas man for Oklahoma victims of home repair fraud.

The office said Thursday that Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged in 2010 with four felony counts of home repair fraud. Prosecutors say Madewell accepted more than $42,000 from seven homeowners for home repair and roofing work, but never started the projects. The projects were in Midwest City, Edmond and OklahomaCity.

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National Seismic Hazard Map
3:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Federal Earthquake Map Puts Oklahoma In Top Two Hazard Zone

USGS Map of Oklahoma
Credit US Geological Survey

A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.

The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

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Execution Methods
1:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

State Denies Claims That Execution Methods Violate Death Row Inmates' Rights

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Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma deny there is any risk that the drugs and procedures used to execute a death row inmate in April violate the constitutional rights of other prisoners awaiting execution.

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With WhistlerFest, Antony & Cleopatra And Steely Dan

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With upcoming events  at Lake Arcadia, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Chesapeake Energy Arena, central Oklahoma shows off a few of its most impressive venues in the week ahead.

Boys and girls have the opportunity for a back country blast with Ma and Pa this weekend.

The conservation group Central Oklahoma Quail Forever hosts its inaugural WhistlerFest at Lake Arcadia Saturday, July 19.  

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Politics and Government
9:17 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Century-Old Oklahoma Capitol Artifacts On Display

Barricades surround the south steps of the State Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Century-old artifacts from the groundbreaking of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be on display as state officials outline their plans for renovating the structure.

The 100th anniversary of the Capitol's July 20, 1914, groundbreaking falls on Sunday. The Oklahoma Historical Society will display artifacts from the event Thursday at the Capitol.

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