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Oklahoma News
6:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Osage Nation Planning For Sovereignty Celebration Events

Seal of the Osage Nation
Credit Osage Nation

Tribal members are preparing for the Osage Nation's Sovereignty Day, which is celebrated annually on March 11 to recognize the ratification of the Constitution of the Osage Nation.

The celebration begins March 11 with a gathering of Osage Nation leadership at the Osage Minerals Chambers in Pawhuska.

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear will provide a welcome address and speech.

The second day of celebration is devoted to tribal youth, while the third is meant to honor tribal elders. The last day offers the most activities for the public.

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Oklahoma News
5:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Seattle Zoo To Send Remaining Elephants To Oklahoma City Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Like the Supersonics, Seattle's two remaining elephants are being relocated to Oklahoma City.

The Woodland Park Zoo announced Friday that it will send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City Zoo so they can be part of a larger social herd.

Critics of the zoo's elephant exhibit have argued for years that the exhibit should be closed and the elephants sent to a sanctuary in California.

Last month, the mayor and some council members also asked the zoo to move the elephants to a sanctuary.

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Business and Economy
5:11 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oklahoma Loses 9 More Drilling Rigs

Crews at work on a Helmerich & Payne drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices.

The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 86 rigs were exploring for oil and 280 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,769 rigs were active.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota's count fell by 11, Oklahoma lost nine, Louisiana seven, Texas six, New Mexico four, Colorado three and Wyoming two. West Virginia, Ohio and Kansas dropped one each.

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Oklahoma News
4:47 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Senate Committee Approves Refrigerated High Point Beer Bill

Credit K. Graham / Flickr Creative Commons

A Senate panel has passed a measure that would allow liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer.

The Tulsa World reports Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, advanced from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 10-0 and heads to the Senate.

Bice was asked if the measure would create an unequal playing field because some liquor stores couldn't afford to put in refrigeration equipment.

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Business and Economy
8:34 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Humane Society Documents From View

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Office of the Attorney General

An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the Humane Society of the United States must turn over one contested document and portions of two others to the attorney general's office, but can keep 21 others secret.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the Humane Society can withhold the documents after the organization sued state Attorney General Scott Pruitt to block their release.

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Business and Economy
5:31 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Exports Valued at $6.3 Billion In 2014

Credit Simon Cunningham / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Commerce says Oklahoma exported $6.3 billion in goods and merchandise last year.

The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration said in a news release Thursday that the exports include $1.7 billion in machinery; $823 million in computer and electronic products; and $798 million in fabricated metal products.

The department said exports from Oklahoma have gone to countries that include Mexico, Canada, Singapore, and Colombia.

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Oklahoma News
4:49 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Wind Energy Regulation Bill Approved By Senate Committee

A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

With wind energy production in full swing in Oklahoma, legislative leaders are looking to impose some new restrictions on the booming industry.

The Senate Energy Committee approved a bill Thursday by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman to require planning for when wind farms are decommissioned and minimum distances from places like schools or airports. The bill also requires wind developers to provide certain public notice before the giant turbines can be erected.

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Politics and Government
4:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

OK Democratic Party Hires New Communications Director

Sarah Baker, Director of Communications Oklahoma Democratic Party
Credit okdemocrats.org

The Oklahoma Democratic Party has announced that Sarah Baker has joined its staff as director of communications.

Baker will join interim executive director David Scott and finance coordinator Kimberley Bishop on the party's staff.

Baker opened a marketing and public relations business in 2010 and has served as vice president of communications for Oklahoma PTA. She most recently ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 43 in Yukon.

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Oklahoma News
3:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

McAlester Police To Wear Body Cameras

Credit cityofmcalester.com

The McAlester City Council has voted unanimously to approve new body cameras for the city's police force.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the council approved the purchase of the cameras Tuesday. The McAlester police plan to buy 39 new "compact wearable video systems," as well as a charging/docking station for a total cost of $31,000. One of the cameras will be given to the city's Criminal investigation Division, and the rest will go to patrol officers.

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Oklahoma News
12:24 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Passes Bill Outlawing Abortions That Dismember Fetuses In Womb

State Rep. Pam Peterson (R-Tulsa)
Credit okhouse.gov

The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in which doctors use clamps, forceps or similar instruments to dismember a fetus in the womb.

House members voted 84-2 on Thursday. The bill, being pushed in several states by a national anti-abortion group, now goes to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Pam Peterson of Tulsa sponsored the bill that would outlaw procedures in which doctors use medical devices to dismember a fetus in the womb to complete an abortion.

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