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10:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Oklahoma Election Board Unveils Online Voter Tool

Sample ballots for the June 24 elections in Oklahoma County.
Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma voters will be able to look up their registration record, polling location and sample ballots with a new online voter tool being launched by the State Election Board.

Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the new online tool will give residents "unprecedented online access to their voter information."

Polling locations already had been available on the site, but new enhancements include allowing voters to view sample ballots, track absentee ballots and confirm their voter registration.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With OKC’s Hungryman, The Strong Run 5K

A group picture after the 2013 OKC Hungryman 10K.
Credit OkcHungryMan.com

Local businesses and restaurants partner for a charity event benefiting the homeless and working poor in downtown Oklahoma City this weekend. The Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) blocks off a portion of Northwest Ninth Street on Saturday, May 17 to present the third annual OKC Hungryman competition.

OKC’s Hungryman falls somewhere in between the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and Boston Marathon.

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Taxes
7:16 am
Thu May 15, 2014

House Passes Tax Measure For Oklahoma Military Bases

Logawi Wikimedia Commons

A measure that would allow private businesses to charge sales tax on military installations narrowly received approval Wednesday from the House.

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plane diverted due to mechanical issue
4:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Tulsa

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An American Airlines flight going from Arkansas to Dallas has made an emergency landing in Tulsa after the pilot reported mechanical issues aboard the plane.

Tulsa International Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins says the MD-80 carrying 142 passengers landed at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Tulsa International Airport. Higgins says the plane is being towed to the terminal so passengers can disembark.

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Depicts Bud And Temple Abernathy
4:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Portrait Unveiled At Capitol

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr.com

A portrait by artist Mike Wimmer depicting the Abernathy boys of southwestern Oklahoma has been unveiled in the Oklahoma House.

The portrait, titled "Bud and Me," was unveiled Wednesday. It depicts the Abernathy boys, Bud and Temple, who lived with their father, U.S. Marshall Jack Abernathy, in the town of Frederick. They were famous for taking unaccompanied trips on horseback cross-country.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Environmental Groups Ask EPA To Regulate Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Wells

An oil well near a neighborhood in Yukon, Okla.
Becky McCray Flickr Creative Commons

An alliance of national and state environmental groups on Tuesday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set air pollution limits on oil and gas wells and production equipment.

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World Views
11:48 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Using Management Theory To Get Inside The Minds Of Terrorists, 'Dark' Networks

The opening of a tunnel discovered by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, February 2002
Lance Cpl. Nathan E. Eason United States Marine Corps

University of Arizona political scientist H. Brinton Milward spent the early part of his career studying corporations, non-profit organizations, and how to create more efficient mental health networks.

“Then after 9/11, I was asked to apply that kind of knowledge to what it would be like if I were Osama bin Laden,” Milward says.

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Oklahoma News
10:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Energy Giant's Gift To Help Tornado-Damaged City Park In Moore

The Little River Park in Moore has been cleared for rebuilding after sustaining heavy damage in the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Kate Carlton Oklahoma Tornado Project

Devon Energy announced a $200,000 gift Tuesday to help the City of Moore rebuild the Little River Park that was damaged by the May 20, 2013 tornado.

Reconstruction of the park along Southwest Fourth Street just west of Telephone Road will also be funded by the PATH 2022 master plan's dedicated sales tax.

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Energy
9:01 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Average Price Of Gas Falling In Oklahoma

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AAA Oklahoma reports that the average price for a gallon of self-serve gasoline is falling in Oklahoma.

The agency said Tuesday that the statewide average for regular gas is now just less than $3.40 per gallon — a drop of seven cents per gallon since about a month ago and down just more than three cents from last week.

Prices in selected cities range from $3.30 per gallon in Bartlesville and Grove to $3.49 per gallon in Guymon. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying just less than $3.39 per gallon while the average cost in Tulsa is $3.33.

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Business and Economy
8:32 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Declining Corporate Tax Collections Biggest Contributor To Oklahoma’s Revenue Slump

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma is one of only seven states in the nation where revenues available for appropriation are falling below expectations despite growth in the broader economy, according to a newly released survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The conference, in its spring 2014 state budget update, attributed Oklahoma's revenue shortfall primarily to an unanticipated decline in corporate tax collections. It said the same problem is creating budget difficulties in Delaware and Tennessee.

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