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7:28 am
Wed May 13, 2015

They're Here! A Month After Leaving Seattle, Elephants Finally Arrive In Oklahoma City

Photos and brochures from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle showing Chai and Bamboo, two elephants that will now reside in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden Facebook

After a 30-hour final leg of their road trip that started more than a month ago, Chai and Bamboo finally pulled into Oklahoma City around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The two Asian elephants from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo had been in San Diego since April due to a storm that diverted the pachyderms to California.

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Oklahoma News
5:50 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Allowing Armed Staff In Schools

Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK)
Credit ok.gov

Oklahoma school districts could allow teachers and staff with certain firearms training to carry handguns on school property under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill is one of 27 measures the governor signed Tuesday. It allows local school boards to designate school employees to carry a handgun on school property if they've attended either an armed security guard or reserve peace officer training program. Supporters say the new law provides some protection from an armed intruder, especially for rural districts.

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Oklahoma News
3:55 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

OKPOP Museum's $25 Million Bond Issue Clears Senate Committee

An artist's rendering of the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa.
Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

A proposal to issue $25 million in bonds to build the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa has passed its first legislative hurdle.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 27-13 Tuesday for legislation that would authorize funding for the museum, known as OKPOP. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman of Sapulpa introduced the legislation on Monday. He says the $25 million in bonds will be matched with private funds and the proposed museum will be built in Tulsa on donated land.

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Oklahoma News
1:44 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Top Tulsa Sheriff's Office Official Set To Resign After Covering Up Inadequate Training

Tulsa County reserve deputy Bob Bates (center) stands outside the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center with his attorney, Clark Brewster, after turning himself in Tuesday morning.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

A top administrator in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is set to resign after an internal memo was leaked indicating he had covered up the inadequate training of a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a restrained man.

Sheriff's office attorney Meredith Baker said Tuesday that Maj. Tom Huckeby plans to resign on Aug. 1. Baker did not explain why.

Huckeby didn't return requests for comment by the Associated Press. Baker says Huckeby is on vacation.

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Transportation
6:46 am
Tue May 12, 2015

New Oklahoma Rideshare Law Omits 'Sexual Orientation' In Anti-Discrimination Policy

Marcus Prince drives his Jeep Liberty for the rideshare company Lyft
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week regulating the rideshare industry. The so-called “Uber” bill clarifies insurance requirements and creates a “zero tolerance” drug and alcohol policy. But the new law intentionally leaves out sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination clause.

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Oklahoma News
5:55 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Speaker Hickman Unveils $25 Million Bond Issue Plan For Native American Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman is unveiling a plan for a $25 million bond issue to complete a long unfinished Native American museum near downtown Oklahoma City, while a separate proposal has been released for a $25 million museum in Tulsa.

Hickman revealed details of the plan late Monday, while Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman introduced a bill for a separate $25 million bond proposal to build the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, or OKPOP, in Tulsa.

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Oklahoma News
4:45 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Former State Lawmaker Files Lawsuit Challenging Appropriations Bills

Oklahoma Capitol Building
Credit ana branca / Flickr Creative Commons

A former state lawmaker is challenging the constitutionality of legislation that has been the principal source of funding for state agencies and services for the past three years.

Former Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court Friday. It challenges the constitutionality of annual general appropriations bills adopted by the Legislature to fund state services in three fiscal years dating back to 2012.

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Oklahoma News
1:36 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Oklahoma Group Wants Moratorium On Wastewater Disposal Wells

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations is calling for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in areas where they may trigger earthquakes.

Members of the coalition traveled to the state Capitol Monday to deliver 1,500 signed petitions to Gov. Mary Fallin's office seeking a moratorium on the use of high-volume, high pressure disposals wells in 16 Oklahoma counties.

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Oklahoma News
3:43 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

U.S. Drilling Rig Count Falls Under 900

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. declined by 11 this week to 894.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 668 rigs were seeking oil and 221 explored for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the current price, 1,855 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma lost six rigs, Louisiana was down three, New Mexico declined by two and Arkansas, California, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Utah and West Virginia were off one each.

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Oklahoma News
3:48 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Listeria Bacteria Found At Blue Bell's Oklahoma Plant In March 2013

Credit Blue Bell Creameries

Listeria bacteria was found in Blue Bell ice cream's Oklahoma plant as far back as March 2013. That's according to test results released Thursday by the government.

The company continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the FDA said was inadequate cleaning.

Three deaths are now linked to the ice cream, and the company recalled all of its products last month.

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