Oklahoma Politics
1:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma City Democrat Announces U.S. Senate Bid

State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City)
Credit Provided / Oklahoma Senate

A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City who has been a leading liberal voice in the Senate has announced her plans to run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.

Flanked by family and friends, Sen. Connie Johnson announced her candidacy on Tuesday and said: "It's time for a change."

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State Capitol
12:18 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmakers Honor Oklahoma National Guard Soldier Paralyzed During May Tornado

Gov. Mary Fallin State lawmakers honor Oklahoma National Guard Sgt. E. H. Pittman for his actions during the Moore tornado last May during a Tuesday ceremony at the state Capitol.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

The Oklahoma Legislature has honored a soldier with the 45th Infantry Brigade who was seriously injured while trying to protect others when a massive tornado struck Moore in May.

Sgt. E.H. Pittman was honored with the Oklahoma Star of Valor Tuesday during a joint session of the Legislature to honor members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

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Corrections
9:34 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Tulsa Halfway House Once Again Getting Oklahoma Inmates

Oklahoma corrections officials are once again sending inmates to the Avalon Center in Tulsa, Okla., two months after removing all state prisoners from the halfway house due to an investigation into organized fighting at the facility.
Credit Avalon Correctional Services

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has begun repopulating a halfway house in Tulsa, about three months after the facility was temporarily shut down because of violations.

About 200 inmates were moved out of the Avalon Correctional Services halfway house in January after a corrections department investigation found "serious infractions" that affected inmate safety.

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Native American
8:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Fallin, Anoatubby Encourage House Republicans To Approve Native American Museum Funding Bill

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near the intersections of I-40 and I-35 in Oklahoma City.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Gov. Mary Fallin and the leader of one of the state's most powerful Indian tribes are trying to convince House Republicans to support a $40 million plan to complete a Native American museum in Oklahoma City.

Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby met behind closed doors Monday with members of the House GOP caucus and urged them to support the proposal that would take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to help complete the project.

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Opposition Says Leave it up to communities
5:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

State House Votes To Deny Cities Wage Setting Power

State Rep. Randy Grau
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 68-22 in favor of a bill to prohibit municipalities in the state from establishing a mandatory minimum wage or number of vacation or sick days.

Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond said the legislation prevents higher minimum wages in different parts of the state, which he said could harm consumers and businesses and could drive up inflation.

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Fallin Will Join Bush In School Visit
3:54 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Jeb Bush To Visit School In Oklahoma City

Credit The World Affairs Council / Flickr.com

Former Florida Gov. and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush is planning to visit a college-preparatory middle school in Oklahoma City.

Bush is to join Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday to meet with teachers and students from the KIPP College Preparatory School in Oklahoma City.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Anadarko’s $5 Billion Environmental Settlement: Four Things Okies Should Know

A Kerr-McGee service station and refinery in Wynnewood, photographed in 1974.
Credit Kerr-McGee Corporation Collection / Oklahoma Historical Society

Anadarko Petroleum on Thursday agreed to pay more than $5 billion for an immense environmental cleanup that includes U.S. sites contaminated by nuclear fuel, rocket fuel waste and wood creosote.

The case was brought by a trust representing the U.S. government, 11 states, Indian tribes and individuals affected by the contamination, and sought funds for cleanups at 2,700 sites in 47 states.

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Earthquake
12:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Earthquake Shakes Central Oklahoma Monday Morning

Magnitude 2.0 and greater Oklahoma earthquakes from 1990-2014.
Credit EQ Charts

The Oklahoma Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked central Oklahoma.

The quake struck shortly after 11 a.m. Monday and was centered near Langston. It was felt widely through the central part of the state, including Oklahoma City. There are no immediate reports of damage.

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary depth of 3 miles.

The U.S. Geological Survey, however, reported that the quake had a 4.0 magnitude. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.

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Transportation
9:06 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Roads Or Schools? Oklahoma Transportation Commission Gets Ready For Less Money

Credit Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Vs. AG Scott Pruitt Results In "Mixed Bag" Ruling

Credit benchilada / Flickr Creative Commons

About a month ago, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court heard the case of Take Shelter Oklahoma vs. Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The school shelter advocacy group filed suit against Pruitt, claiming he tried to sabotage their effort to put a $500 million bond issue on an upcoming ballot. 

The high court ruled last week, and the decision seemed to be a compromise, but not everyone was happy. 

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