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Agriculture
7:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wheat Crop Worst In Nearly Half Century

Fred and Wayne Schmedt say the drought has withered their wheat plants down from an average height of 24 to 30 inches to just 6 to 8 inches.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma agriculture officials say ongoing drought during the start of spring followed by a late freeze and untimely late spring rains produced the worst wheat crop in nearly a half century.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission director Mike Schulte says the current projection is for about 51 million bushels of wheat in the state — the lowest total since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957.

Schulte says the harvest is considered 97 percent complete as of Monday but says he knows of no farmers still trying to collect the crop.

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Home Repair Fraud
6:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Attorney General Gets His Man

Credit Office of the Attorney General

After a four-year pursuit, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says it has secured $42,158 in restitution from a Texas man for Oklahoma victims of home repair fraud.

The office said Thursday that Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged in 2010 with four felony counts of home repair fraud. Prosecutors say Madewell accepted more than $42,000 from seven homeowners for home repair and roofing work, but never started the projects. The projects were in Midwest City, Edmond and OklahomaCity.

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National Seismic Hazard Map
3:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Federal Earthquake Map Puts Oklahoma In Top Two Hazard Zone

USGS Map of Oklahoma
Credit US Geological Survey

A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.

The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

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Execution Methods
1:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

State Denies Claims That Execution Methods Violate Death Row Inmates' Rights

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Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma deny there is any risk that the drugs and procedures used to execute a death row inmate in April violate the constitutional rights of other prisoners awaiting execution.

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Politics and Government
9:17 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Century-Old Oklahoma Capitol Artifacts On Display

Barricades surround the south steps of the State Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Century-old artifacts from the groundbreaking of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be on display as state officials outline their plans for renovating the structure.

The 100th anniversary of the Capitol's July 20, 1914, groundbreaking falls on Sunday. The Oklahoma Historical Society will display artifacts from the event Thursday at the Capitol.

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Sports
6:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder Signs Free-Agent Anthony Morrow

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The Oklahoma City Thunder say they have signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow.

Morrow's agent, Wallace Prather, wrote in a text message to The Associated Press on Saturday that the deal is for three years and $10 million. The Thunder did not disclose terms of the deal Wednesday.

Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons. He helps fill a void created when starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha became a free agent and ended up with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Politics And Government
4:17 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma's Chief Justice Warns Judges To Talk To Their Constituents

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Dozens of bills introduced in the state Legislature this year would have had a "lethal and devastating" effect on Oklahoma's judiciary if enacted into law, the state's chief justice warned judges Wednesday.

Chief Justice Tom Colbert told judges to talk to their constituents — especially local lawmakers — about the impact that some of the proposed changes could have on their ability to carry out the rule of law, such as how judges are selected and retained.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma Teacher Of The Year Nominees Announced

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has named the 12 finalists for the annual Teacher of the Year award.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi made the announcement Wednesday. The winner will be announced this fall.

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Oklahoma News
8:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Hearing Set In Lawsuit Over Oklahoma DUI Arrests

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A judge has set a hearing on whether to grant class-action status to a lawsuit involving drivers whose licenses were revoked because of a faulty affidavit once used by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The lawsuit seeks refunds for an estimated 40,000 drivers cited for alcohol-related offenses whose licenses were revoked between 2008 and October 2013.

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Goes Into Effect Nov. 1
6:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New State Gun Law Could Affect Licensing This Year

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a new state law could affect people who are applying for gun licenses this year.

The agency said Tuesday that the law going into effect Nov. 1 modifies the state's Self-Defense Act, making certificates expire after three years. Previously, the certificates did not expire.

OSBI says residents who have completed a gun safety training course should begin the application process for a license as soon as possible.

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