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1:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

US Running Out of Room to Store Oil; Price Collapse Next?

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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude oil that it's running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

The Energy Department reported last week that for the past seven weeks the United States has produced and imported an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it's using. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, and pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years.

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12:47 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Drought Grants Approved for 3 Rural Oklahoma Communities

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three rural Oklahoma communities have received about $1 million in grants for water system improvements that will save about 16.7 million gallons of water a year.

The grants announced Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will come through the state's Water for 2060 Drought program to promote the responsible use of water.

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12:39 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Online Courses Sought for Oklahoma Firearms License

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans who want to carry a firearm will be able to take the required gun safety course online under a bill approved by the House of Representatives.

The House voted 88-7 on Tuesday for the bill by Republican Rep. Casey Murdock of Felt, who says he expects it will lead to an increase in the number of Oklahomans who get a license to carry a gun.

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12:15 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Nitrogen Gas Executions Approved by Oklahoma House

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.

The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.

Christian says the nitrogen would be administered to the inmate either by a "tent or some kind of secure mask."

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7:03 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Oklahoma House Clears Bill to Scale Back Wind Tax Credits

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would reduce the amount of tax subsidies paid to wind producers in Oklahoma has been unanimously approved by the House of Representatives.

The House voted 89-0 on Monday for the bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Earl Sears. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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11:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Mom of Dead Oklahoma State Coach Gets Bulk of Settlement

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — The parents of an Oklahoma State University assistant women's basketball coach killed in an Arkansas plane crash settled a wrongful death claim for $250,000, according to Kay County records.

The Oklahoman reported Monday the parents of Miranda Serna reached a confidential settlement with the pilot's insurance company, but details became public when her divorced parents disagreed on how to split the money.

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11:42 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Bill Gives Oklahoma Governor Sweeping New Powers

The Governor at last month's State of the State Address.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor would have broad new powers to appoint the directors of ten different state entities under a bill being considered by a Senate committee.

Broken Arrow Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm is expected to present the bill Monday in the Senate General Government Committee that he chairs. It calls for the heads of ten different state agencies and boards to be fired effective Jan. 1 and allows the governor to name their replacement.

Dahm did not return telephone messages seeking comment about his bill.

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9:13 am
Mon March 2, 2015

February report: Economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the regional growth is likely although areas "linked closely to the energy sector, including ethanol, are experiencing pullbacks in economic activity."

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7:59 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Oklahoma County, Hospital Fight Over Inmates' Medical Bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to decide a legal dispute between Oklahoma County and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center over who should pay for emergency medical care for county jail inmates.

The Oklahoman reports the hospital is seeking roughly $3 million from the county to cover unpaid medicals bills. It's the third time in the past 10 years that the hospital has asked the courts to help resolve a dispute with Oklahoma County. The county settled two prior lawsuits with OU Medical Center, in 2005 and 2010, for a combined $8 million.

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7:55 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Calculations Make Oklahoma, US Earthquake Numbers Differ

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Records indicate that the Oklahoma Geological Survey reported half as many magnitude 4.0 and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma last year as the U.S. Geological Survey did.

The Tulsa World reports that the differences are due to the way the agencies calculate earthquake magnitudes.

While OGS reports six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher last year, the USGS reported 14 earthquakes in that range. This year, 13 earthquakes in that range have been reported by OGS while 21 have been reported by the USGS.

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