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Weather and Climate
4:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tornado Watch Issued Ahead Of Likely Severe Storms In Central, Northern Oklahoma

Thunderstorms are expected to begin isolated, but quickly become severe. It will likely be later in the afternoon before any severe thunderstorm is able to form, likely first in northern Oklahoma then farther south.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 3:44 p.m.: Tornado Watch issued for areas north, west of Interstate 44

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the state north and west of a line that roughly follows Interstate 44.

The Norman Forecast Office says scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move across central and eastern Oklahoma through the afternoon, bringing small hail and occasional lightning.

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Oklahoma News
1:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Federal Judge Declines To Stop Transfer Of Seattle Elephants To OKC Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Two Seattle elephants could soon join the OKC troop.
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

A federal judge has criticized conditions for elephants at both the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Oklahoma City zoo but he refused to block the transfer of two Seattle elephants to Oklahoma.

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Manager's Desk
1:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

You Did It! The Spring 2015 Fundraiser Is Over!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

More than 1100 KGOU listeners did it – you shortened our spring fundraising drive and together, we met the $180,000 goal.  And together, we did it in the shortest amount of program disruption we have ever achieved.

As promised, we ended the fundraiser as soon as we met the goal.  We are back to the regular, scheduled breaks so you don’t miss another minute of your favorite programs. 

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Washington
5:44 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Following In Coburn's Footsteps, Oklahoma Congressman Releases 'Waste Watch' Report

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a Feb. 3 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
Congressman Steve Russell Facebook

New U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City is taking a page out of former Sen. Tom Coburn's book when it comes to highlighting government spending.

The freshman Republican on Tuesday released what he's calling "Waste Watch," which documents what Russell calls excessive public spending. The document is similar to Coburn's annual "Wastebook" that highlighted lavish spending by public agencies.

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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus To Speak In OKC

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the latest speaker to confirm his attendance at the upcoming Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
12:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

House Votes To Extend Quality Jobs Act To Egg Producers

State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw)
Credit Provided / Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma House has narrowly passed legislation that would extend the state's Quality Jobs Act to chicken egg producers.

House members voted 51-43 on Tuesday for the Senate-passed measure.

Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act provides cash incentives to companies that create jobs that have good salaries and benefits.

The bill's House author, Republican Rep. John Bennett of Sallisaw, says adding chicken egg producers to the program would encourage poultry companies to create new jobs and expand existing operations in and around his eastern Oklahoma district.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Oklahoma Oil Revenue Drops To Lowest Level In More Than A Dozen Years

Workers with Shebester-Bechtel at an American Energy Woodford rig site in Payne County, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Tax revenues from oil and natural gas production in March dropped to their lowest level since September 2002, a collapse that’s driving a slide in total revenues used to fund state government, new data show.

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Politics and Government
5:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Gov. Fallin Vetoes Transparency Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation she says would burden state agencies with needless mandates.

Fallin issued the veto on Monday for legislation known as The Governor's Transparency Act of 2015. The bill was previously adopted by the state House and Senate.

The measure would require state agencies to provide legislative committees with copies of any memorandums of understanding entered into during the legislative session.

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Oklahoma News
4:38 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Senate Health Committee Passes Abortion Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait Time

Credit Steve/Flickr

Oklahoma would become the fourth state in the country to require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 on Monday for the bill that increases the wait time from 24 to 72 hours after a woman receives required information about the procedure. It now heads to the full Senate.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:28 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Opponents Launch Ad-Attack To Keep ‘Right-to-Farm’ Off Ballot In Oklahoma

If passed by the Oklahoma legislature, the right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution wouldn’t appear on the ballot until November 2016. But the Humane Society of the United States is trying to kill the controversial issue in its crib.

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