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6:09 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bill Passes U.S. House That May Help Reduce Gasoline Prices

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin says he is pleased that the U.S. House has passed a bill intended to expand energy production in the United States.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that its sponsors say is aimed at reducing gasoline prices nationwide. Mullin is a co-sponsor. He says the bill is important for oil- and gas-rich states like Oklahoma.

The vote Thursday was 229-185.

A provision of the bill would also restructure the leasing process for federal lands.

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4:12 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Central Oklahoma Residents Meet With Officials About Earthquakes

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Central Oklahoma residents are voicing concern about a swarm of earthquakes that has shaken the region in recent months.

Residents will meet with state lawmakers and regulators Thursday night to discuss what is causing the earthquakes and what can be done to stop them.

Rep. Jason Murphey of Guthrie says earthquakes regularly shake the area, including a magnitude 3.6 earthquake that the U.S. Geological Survey says was recorded southwest of Guthrie early Thursday morning.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Census Data: Oklahoma Younger, More Hispanic

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma is one of only seven states that grew younger last year, thanks in part to an influx of 20-something oilfield workers, newly-released Census Bureau data shows.

The Sooner State also became slightly more Hispanic, as a higher birthrate within that population group more than offset a leveling-off of new arrivals from Mexico and other countries, Census officials said.

Oklahoma barely made the list of states that managed to reverse the aging process. The median age ticked down to 36.2 years on July 1, 2013, a minuscule 0.007-year reduction from a year earlier.

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World Views
11:22 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Keeping The Neighbors In Line, But At What Cost? Latin America’s “Invaded” Nations

United States Marines on patrol in 1915 during the occupation of Haiti. A Haitian guide is leading the party.
A.R. Harrison United States Marine Corps

Eighty years after President James Monroe announced his opposition to any European intervention in Latin America, President Theodore Roosevelt expanded on the idea and justified the United States’ aggressive pursuit of its own economic and political interests in the region during his 1904 State of the Union address.

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OneSix8
10:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With LibertyFest, OKC Fest And Les Misérables

A horse-drawn wagon rolls through the 2013 LibertyFest Parade.
Kool Cats Photography Flickr Creative Commons

With Independence Day just around the corner conventional wisdom might lead you to take it easy this weekend, but central Oklahoma has other ideas. 

Named by USA Today and CNN as one of the ‘Top 10 July 4th Festivals in the United States,’ Edmond’s LibertyFest returns for its 42nd year this weekend. 

The festival is one of Oklahoma’s largest Independence Day celebrations as organizers anticipate more than 125,000 attendees alongside some 500 volunteers.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:36 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Why Norman Is The Only Oklahoma Town Where Citizens Control the Price of Water

Harold Heiple, chairman of Norman's charter review committee, addresses the city council in Norman June 17.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where utility rates are determined by a vote of the people — who aren’t always willing to charge themselves more for water.

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OHLAP
8:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Fallin-Led Panel Seeks Fix For Legislative Budget

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin will decide how to handle a $7.9 million hiccup in the state budget that was approved by lawmakers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Oklahoma Board of Equalization will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss a recent opinion by Attorney General Scott Pruitt that says the Legislature's decision to divert about $7.9 million from a college scholarship program was unconstitutional. The diverted revenue was part of a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that funds most state government functions for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Study: Climate Change Challenges Oklahoma’s Temperature-Sensitive Economy

Future temperature changes pose serious risks to the climate-sensitive agricultural and energy industries in Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, a new study on the business and economic effects of climate change concludes.

Oklahoma's average summer temperature range is expected to increase from 81.7-83.58°F to 87.0-93.51°F from 2020 to 2099, the report predicts.

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Native American
5:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Last Native American Survivor Of Bataan Death March Dies

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A 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oklahoma who received his Prisoner of War Medal and other honors last fall after a decades-long wait has died.

The Muscogee Creek Nation says tribal member Phillip Coon died Monday in Tulsa. Coon traveled to Japan in October and received an apology from Japanese government officials for treatment he received during the war.

Coon was the last remaining Native American survivor of the Bataan Death March, where tens of thousands of soldiers were forced on a 65-mile trek by the Japanese military.

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Death Penalty
4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

21 Death Row Inmates Sue To Not Be Executed Under Current Procedures

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A group of Oklahoma death row inmates are asking a federal judge to halt their executions, claiming in a lawsuit that the state's death penalty procedure is unconstitutional and that state officials are experimenting with inmates' lives.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, 21 death row inmates asked a judge to disallow any attempt to execute them under the current procedures. The lawsuit contends the state's current lethal injection protocol presents a risk of "severe pain, needless suffering and a lingering death."

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