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7:01 am
Sun February 22, 2015

National Tornado Summit Attendees To Tour Operations Center

2015 National Tornado Summit
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Dozens of people attending this year's National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City will tour the state's Emergency Operations Center for a simulated disaster response.

More than 150 people will visit the center on Monday as if a disaster has occurred. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security's Command One trailer will also be on display.

The tour comes ahead of this year's tornado summit, which will draw about 1,000 emergency managers, insurance company representatives and city leaders from across the country.

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Arts and Entertainment
6:45 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Toby Keith Selected For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Keith at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, April 18, 2010.
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Oklahoma native and country music superstar Toby Keith has been selected for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Keith said in a statement that he writes songs every day and that songwriting is what he takes the most pride in. He said the award is the only one that he'll display on his desk.

An induction ceremony is scheduled for June 18 in New York City.

Others to be inducted are Cyndi Lauper; the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter; Linda Perry; Bobby Braddock; and Willie Dixon.

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Health
6:33 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Oklahoma Receives $10.6 Million In US grants For Program To Help Pregnant Women

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More than $10.6 million in federal grants has been awarded to support home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children in Oklahoma.

The grants were announced Thursday by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Burwell says home visits by a nurse, social worker or early childhood educator during pregnancy and in the first years of life can make a tremendous difference in the lives of children and their families.

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Washington
5:59 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Some Republican Governors Back Homeland Security Showdown

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
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Several Republican governors, including Mary Fallin, are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm against legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if the bill doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Governors in both parties in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security concerns should Congress fail to resolve its latest budget standoff. 

Homeland Security's $40 billion budget runs out Feb. 27, giving federal lawmakers only a few days to reach an agreement once they return from recess next week.

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Politics and Government
7:01 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Legislature Steps Up To Deal With Budget Shortfall

State agencies are being asked to return to the Capitol to have an in-depth discussion about their budgets, the leaders of the House and the Senate said Thursday. The meetings to discuss budgets are a result of the $611 million dollar shortfall authorized by the State Equalization Board last Tuesday.

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Oklahoma News
6:33 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Oklahoma's Black History And Culture Showcased In New Guide

Long Road To Liberty brochure from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.
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The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has released a 75-page guide highlighting the state's black history and culture.

The brochure, "Long Road to Liberty: Oklahoma's African American History and Culture," explains the influence black history had in shaping the culture of Oklahoma dating back before statehood.

Copies of the brochure are free and can be ordered online.

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Energy
6:04 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Oil Company Closes Oklahoma City Office, 100 Jobs Lost

A rig hand on a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla.
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Range Resources Corp. has closed its Oklahoma City office, resulting in the loss of 100 area jobs.

The Texas-based oil and natural gas producer closed its Oklahoma office Tuesday, the latest casualty of falling oil prices. Employees were placed on 60-day paid leave before their employment officially ends April 20, according to a notice sent to state and local officials.

Range Resources said the opportunity to transfer to other locations was offered to some employees. Those who did not receive an offer will get severance packages.

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Oklahoma News
5:34 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Oklahoma Conservation Districts To Hold Annual Meeting

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) is the keynote speaker.
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The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is getting geared up for its annual meeting this weekend.

The statewide group's 77th annual meeting begins Sunday and runs through Tuesday in Midwest City.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is the meeting's keynote speaker.

During the meeting, conservationists are expected to discuss subjects such as improving soil health, water quality and maintaining upstream flood control dams.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Science Of Oil And Gas-Related Earthquakes Is ‘Ready For Application,’ USGS Says

"Coping with earthquakes induced by fluid injection," was published Feb. 20, 2014 in the journal Science.

new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Science urges greater partnership between industry, government agencies and researchers in responding to the consequences of earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.

The paper, authored by the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal scientists, as well as state seismologists, including the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s Austin Holland, also endorsed more transparency:

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Business and Economy
4:00 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cushing Oil Storage Hub Nearing Capacity

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An Oklahoma town known as the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" is again the focus of the global energy industry.

The Oklahoman reports that Cushing is home to the nation's largest oil storage facility, a complex capable of holding more than 80 million barrels of crude oil. As oil prices have plummeted over the last several months, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said companies have stockpiled about 2.2 million barrels a week at Cushing. Companies hope to sell the oil at higher prices when prices rise again.

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