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Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma oil and gas companies are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by members of an environmental group that seeks to reduce production waste that could be fueling a spike in earthquakes.

Oklahoma state Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, talks with a colleague on the Senate floor during a committee meeting in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

When Oklahoma’s $6.8 billion spending plan was unveiled in late May, it was greeted with a mixture of sharp criticism over its cuts and revenue patches and, in some sectors, relief that the reductions were not more severe.

From all sides, however, there was one common reaction to the 114-page budget bill: surprise.

State Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, right.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

There's a lot of work that needs to be done before a bill intended to reduce the number of uninsured drivers can go into effect.

The House gave final approval May 27 to Senate Bill 359, which would allow law enforcement to use cameras and automated license plate readers to enforce the state's compulsory insurance law. It's currently on Gov. Mary Fallin's desk awaiting her signature.

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City, gestures on the House floor on the final day of the Legislative session, in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 27, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

A report commissioned by the Tulsa Regional Chamber estimates the final two weeks of the 2016 legislative session was worth $50.9 million of bad publicity.

The Tulsa World’s Randy Krehbiel reports that's based on what's known as the advertising value equivalency of news coverage of a transgender bathroom bill, public education funding, and the state budget crisis:

Jazz in June Is Coming!

Jun 5, 2016
Artistic drawing of the Jazz in June Jazz Cat for 2016
Jazz in June, Inc.

June 5, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

It is Jazz in June season in Norman and the festival is ready to go. There is a Jazz Jam this Friday night, June 10th at the Depot in Norman, starting at 6pm. The Zac Lee Quartet is the host band.

Kids play at Harrah Church and Early Learning Center in Harrah.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Recent state budget cuts could affect whether some families can afford childcare. Parents who apply for childcare subsidies through the state Department of Human Services face an institutional freeze that took effect Wednesday.

DHS communications manager Debra Martin told The Journal Record’s Christie Tapp the money from the program simply ran out:

Swarm Season Has Beekeepers Hunting For New Hives

Jun 4, 2016
A swarm of bees looking for a new location to build a hive land in Kara Krothe’s Indiana backyard.
Kara Krothe

Late spring is swarm season, the time of year when bees reproduce and find new places to build hives. Swarms of bees leave the nest, flying through the air, hovering on trees, fences and houses, searching for a new home.

Victor / Flickr.com

A group wanting criminal justice reform measures on November’s ballot submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office Thursday.

The two state questions complement new laws passed during the 2016 legislative session.

The Dutch Queen Juliana signs the document transferring sovereignty to the United States of Indonesia in The Hague,December 27, 1949.
Information Ministry / Republic of Indoneisa (Public Domain)

World War II left the Dutch Empire in flux.

Queen Wilhelmina fled to London, and Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia cut the Netherlands off from the Dutch East Indies, an expansive colony stretching from the tip of mainland Asia to the northern edge of Australia.

Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller speaks during a news conference n Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State Treasurer Ken Miller gave the 2016 legislative session a grade of “C” in his annual Oklahoma Economic Report out Tuesday.

Miller said lawmakers faced a difficult budget challenge this year as they tried to figure out how to close a $1.3 billion gap. But he says House and Senate members also left an opportunity on the table to make significant structural reforms to Oklahoma’s budgeting process, something Gov. Mary Fallin outlined in her State of the State address earlier this year.

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