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1:11 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Broken Arrow Blue Bell Plant Closed Amid Ice Cream Recall

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One of the country's largest retailers has decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from its shelves as a precautionary measure after Blue Bell announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant.

Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski confirmed Sam's Club has joined H-E-B in halting sales. The dairy company based in Brenham, Texas, last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital.

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Oklahoma News
12:10 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Treasuer Ken Miller Points To Low Oil Prices For Decline In State Revenues

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Oklahoma's treasurer says low crude oil prices have pushed state revenues below levels recorded a year ago.

Treasurer Ken Miller said Monday that state revenue collections in March were almost $28 million less than in March 2014, in large part due to a 48 percent drop in oil and natural gas gross production receipts.

March sales tax collections also fell below the prior year, down by 2.3 percent. That marks the first time in two years that monthly sales tax receipts have not shown growth over the prior year.

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Oklahoma News
5:51 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Two Earthquakes Rattle Perry Area In Central Oklahoma

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A pair of earthquakes has rattled parts of Noble County in central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says each of the quakes was recorded early Sunday northwest of Perry.

The first temblor was recorded shortly after 5 a.m. about 12 miles north-northwest of Perry at a depth of about three miles. The USGS says the earthquake was a magnitude 3.1.

The second quake was recorded about two hours later about seven miles northwest of Perry, also at a depth of three miles. Geologists say that quake was magnitude 2.8.

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Oklahoma News
7:27 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Oklahoma Poultry Owners Urged To Increase Health Safety

Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture Food and Forestry
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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is encouraging owners of domestic bird and poultry to take additional biosecurity precautions after two new strains of avian influenza have been found in wild waterfowl and domestic poultry.

In the past month, cases have been found in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and South Dakota.

No humans have become ill from these strains and health officials say there is no danger to humans from eating poultry products.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:07 am
Sun April 5, 2015

State Revokes Roland Clinic Doctor’s Prescribing License

The Wellness Clinic in Roland.
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The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous drugs has revoked the narcotic prescribing license of Dr. Ronald V. Myers Sr., a physician in Roland, Okla., who prescribed 4.6 million dosage units of addictive drugs over an 18-month period in 2013 and 2014.

In a document filed Thursday, the bureau said Myers' record as medical director of the Wellness Clinic in Roland provided "clear and convincing evidence" of multiple instances of overprescribing activity.

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Oklahoma News
3:49 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Numerous Earthquakes Recorded In Oklahoma, Including 4.2

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More than a dozen small to moderate earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma since Friday afternoon, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 that also was felt in Kansas and Texas.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake occurred at 8:21 a.m. Saturday 12 miles north of Crescent, about 45 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Residents about 270 miles north in Topeka, Kansas, and about 240 miles south in Dallas reported feeling the quake.

Logan County Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Valencia says there are no reports of damage or injury.

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Oklahoma News
7:01 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Group Wants To Stop Elephant Move From Seattle To OKC Zoo

Bamboo at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
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Update:   A judge in Seattle has declined to block the transfer of Woodland Park Zoo's two elephants, putting them closer to a new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Animal welfare activists vowed to continue their fight to have the aging female elephants moved to a sanctuary.

King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson said she didn't think activists could win a court case contending that the city of Seattle — and not the Woodland Park Zoo Society — owns the animals.

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Oklahoma News
4:35 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Former Rival Jari Askins To Run Foster Care Plan

Former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins
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Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has named former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins as a special adviser on child welfare and implementation of a plan to improve the state's foster care system.

Fallin said Thursday that Askins, a former lieutenant governor who lost the 2010 gubernatorial election to Fallin, will oversee implementation of the Pinnacle Plan. The plan is the Oklahoma Department of Human Services' five-year effort to reform the child welfare system.

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Oklahoma News
5:09 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Right To Try Bill Passes Senate Health Committee

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Legislation that would give terminally ill patients in Oklahoma access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been approved by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-0 Monday to send the measure to the full Senate for a vote. It has already been approved by the state House.

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Oklahoma News
4:26 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Federal Suit Alleges Transgender Discrimination At SOSU

Seal of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school in Durant discriminated against a transgender professor and then fired her after she complained.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City, the department alleges the university denied assistant professor Rachel Tudor a promotion despite a recommendation from her department chair and other tenured faculty from her department.

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