Burn ban prohibits any outdoor burning
6:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Fallin Declares State of Emergency, Issues 36-County Burn Ban

Credit Oklahoma Forestry Services

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state emergency across Oklahoma after several wildfires broke out across the state, including a blaze north of Oklahoma City that destroyed at least a half dozen homes and left one man dead.

Fallin also on Monday issued an executive proclamation for a burn ban in 36 counties for about the western half of the state.

Besides a massive wildfire that burned nearly four square miles in Logan County on Sunday, other blazes have been reported near the communities of Altus, Jennings, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward.

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Accused of blackmail and computer crimes
4:20 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jury Selected For Co-Founder Of The Sooner Tea Party Trial

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A 12-member jury has been chosen for the blackmail and computer crimes trial of the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party.

An eight-woman, four-man jury was seated Monday for the trial of Al Gerhart, who was charged in Oklahoma County District Court in April 2013 after he allegedly sent an email intended to intimidate Republican Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:53 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Three Of Oklahoma’s Largest Oil Companies’ Plan For How The State Should Tax Them

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Executives at Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources and Devon Energy have proposed a plan for Oklahoma’s taxes on oil and natural gas production.

The proposal comes as legislators are debating state oil and gas taxes, which include an incentive for horizontal drilling that expires next year. The Oklahoman‘sAdam Wilmoth reports:

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Business and Economy
1:26 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Miller: Kansas Downgrade Should Serve As A 'Wake-Up Call' To Oklahoma

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller is warning state policymakers that a reduction in Kansas' bond rating should serve as a "wake-up call" that a potential downgrade could happen in Oklahoma, despite the state's growing economy.

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Oklahoma Politics
12:27 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Hickman Elected To Full Two-Year Term As Oklahoma House Speaker

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) at Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address - February 3, 2014.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman has solidified a new two-year term as the leader of the House and rebuffed a challenge from a four-term state representative from Guthrie.

The 72-member House Republican caucus met behind closed doors on Monday and selected Hickman as the speaker-designate for the upcoming two-year legislative session that begins next year.

The caucus will vote again for speaker in November after the general election, but that vote is typically a formality.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Abraham Lincoln's 'Four Roads to Emancipation'

General Records of the United States National Archives

Historian Allen Guelzo calls the Emancipation Proclamation “the single most sweeping presidential action in American history.” It dealt with slavery in a way the Framers during the Constitutional Convention never did, and decidedly outlined a key goal of the Union during the Civil War.

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Indian Times
10:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Native Americans Protest Christina Fallin And Her Band Pink Pony At The Norman Music Festival

Christina Fallin on stage during the 2014 Norman Music Festival in a cape that read "SHEEP".
Credit Christina Owen

In March, Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Instagramed a promotional image of herself wearing an elaborate, albeit imitation Natuve American headdress. The tagline on the image read, “Appropriate Culturation,” which seemed an obvious play on the term “cultural appropriation” - the practice of adopting elements of one culture by another. The fallout from this promotional photo shoot sparked a series of events which culminated with a heated war of words and signs during the 2014 Norman Music Festival.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Oklahoma Looks To Kentucky As Prescriptions Fall In States With Required 'Doctor-Shopping'

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When the state of Kentucky decided two years ago to require doctors to check their patients’ drug-taking histories before writing new narcotic prescriptions, some physicians were adamantly opposed.

The doctors said mandatory checks would cause them to waste valuable time and money running checks on patients with legitimate pain and anxiety problems. They said they didn’t need an online database to help them spot “doctor-shoppers” who might be obtaining prescriptions from more than one doctor.

Then, a funny thing happened.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience

A sunflower grows in a field in Moore, Okla. months after the May 20 storm.
Tanya Mattek

The month of May has a somber significance for many Oklahoma residents. It’s one of the busiest months for tornados, averaging 22 cyclones in 31 days. And after last year’s series of devastating storms that killed 25 people, it now also marks a sad anniversary. The Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center teamed up to remember the events that took place one year ago.

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Oklahoma News
10:12 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

One Dead, Thousands Evacuated As Fire Burns In Oklahoma

Smoke billowing from the wildfire that started in Logan County near Guthrie Sunday afternoon.
American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma

Updated Monday, May 5 at 8:03 a.m.

About 1,000 people have been evacuated as a massive wildfire burns in a town north of Oklahoma City.

The Guthrie Fire Department says six homes have been destroyed but that number is expected to increase as more assessments are conducted Monday morning.

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