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4:53 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Lawton Seeks Permission To Seed Clouds

A Lockheed WC-130B used by U.S. government researchers Stormfury, a cloud seeding research project focused on reducing the strength of hurricanes.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Lawton is seeking permission to hire a cloud-seeding company to increase rainfall in the area.

The Lawton Constitution reports that the city should learn on April 21 if the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will give them permission to go ahead with a contract with a cloud-seeding company. The company uses chemicals to enhance rain clouds' ability to produce moisture.

The contract is slated to run from April 1 to Aug. 31.

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Oklahoma News
12:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

State Senate Approves Nitrogen Hypoxia Bill, Heads To Governor's Desk

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that adds a new execution protocol to the state’s list of approved methods. The Sooner State could be the first in the nation to use nitrogen hypoxia if the governor signs off. 

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Oklahoma News
1:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Federal Judge Declines To Stop Transfer Of Seattle Elephants To OKC Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Two Seattle elephants could soon join the OKC troop.
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

A federal judge has criticized conditions for elephants at both the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Oklahoma City zoo but he refused to block the transfer of two Seattle elephants to Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus To Speak In OKC

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the latest speaker to confirm his attendance at the upcoming Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
12:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

House Votes To Extend Quality Jobs Act To Egg Producers

State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw)
Credit Provided / Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma House has narrowly passed legislation that would extend the state's Quality Jobs Act to chicken egg producers.

House members voted 51-43 on Tuesday for the Senate-passed measure.

Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act provides cash incentives to companies that create jobs that have good salaries and benefits.

The bill's House author, Republican Rep. John Bennett of Sallisaw, says adding chicken egg producers to the program would encourage poultry companies to create new jobs and expand existing operations in and around his eastern Oklahoma district.

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Oklahoma News
4:38 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Senate Health Committee Passes Abortion Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait Time

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Oklahoma would become the fourth state in the country to require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 on Monday for the bill that increases the wait time from 24 to 72 hours after a woman receives required information about the procedure. It now heads to the full Senate.

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Oklahoma News
1:11 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Broken Arrow Blue Bell Plant Closed Amid Ice Cream Recall

Credit Blue Bell Creameries

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

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture Food and Forestry

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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