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12:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Oil And Gas Tax Breaks Leaving Millions On The Table In Oklahoma

An oil rig in Edmond, Okla.
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It's not looking good for Oklahoma's budget.

State leaders expect a $170 million shortfall. This year's budget was just half a percent larger than five years ago, without adjusting for inflation. And projections estimate a deficit of up to $2 billion by 2035.

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U.S. House
11:19 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Congressman Lucas Draws Republican Primary Challenger

Robert Hubbard
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A Canadian County rancher and business owner says he will challenge 10-term U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma's 3rd Congressional District.

Robert Hubbard told The Associated Press on Monday: "We need to make some changes."

The 69-year-old Republican will formally announce his candidacy Monday afternoon at the Oklahoma History Center.

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U.S. Senate
7:38 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Will They Run? GOP Eyes Focused On Shannon, Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa)
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The dust still hasn't settled on Oklahoma's 2014 political landscape after U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn triggered a landslide within the state Republican Party with his announcement that he planned to forego his final two years in office.

All eyes are focused on whether Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon and first-term U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine decide to enter the race for Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wildlife After Tornadoes: To Rehabilitate Or Not, That Is The Question

Wildcare founder Rondi Large
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In the eight months since a series of severe storms battered the state, much of the recovery has been focused on people repairing their homes and putting their lives back together. But the tornados also displaced and injured hundreds of wild animals, and one organization took steps to help those animals even after it was hit by a storm itself. 

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Indian Times
2:20 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Native Americans Are The Most Stalked Group

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a crime, and the most stalked group of people is Native Americans.

The National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center at the University of Missouri at St. Louis defines stalking as "the willful, malicious, and repeated following and harassing of another person that threatens his or her safety."

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64% Of Oklahoma Remains In Drought
6:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fallin Says Keep Up Water Conservation Practices

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Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahomans should implement water conservation practices as drought and dry conditions continue in the state.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 64 percent of Oklahoma remains in a drought. Those conditions will affect water availability throughout the state, particularly in southwestern Oklahoma where sustained, exceptionally dry conditions have led to record low lake levels along the Red River.

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Former Governor "Exploring All Options"
6:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Return Of Frank Keating?

Senate Chamber
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 A spokesman for the American Bankers Association says former Okla. Gov. Frank Keating is "exploring all options" with respect to a possible run at Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

Spokesman John Hall released a statement Friday indicating Keating will "make a decision soon." Keating is the president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based American Bankers Association. Hall said Keating was not available for comment.

The 69-year-old Republican served two terms as Oklahoma's governor from 1994 to 2002.

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BancFirst Of Oklahoma City Will Take Responsiblity
5:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Bank Of Union Closed

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Regulators have closed a small lender in Oklahoma, the second U.S. bank failure of 2014 after 24 closures last year.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over The Bank of Union. BancFirst, based in Oklahoma City, has agreed to assume Bank of Union's deposits and to buy $225.5 million of the failed bank's assets.

Bank of Union has one branch in Oklahoma City and another one about 30 miles away in El Reno, Okla. It had $331.4 million in assets and $328.8 million in deposits as of Sept. 30.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:07 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

West Virginia Chemical Spill Prompts Oklahoma Officials To Examine Storage Locations

Freedom Industries storage tanks along the Elk River in West Virginia.
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The West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without water has spurred Oklahoma environmental regulators to examine chemical storage locations.

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World Views
2:09 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, gavels open the Geneva II conference in Montreux, Switzerland, on January 22, 2014.
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A United Nations mediator announced Friday a Syrian government delegation and the Western-backed opposition will meet Saturday “in the same room.”

Joshua Landis, the author of the widely-read blog Syria Comment and the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says this week’s peace conference in Switzerland shows both sides understand there has to be a political solution.

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