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9:23 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Oklahoma AG asks Judge to Lift Health Care Suit Stay

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on Oklahoma's lawsuit challenging federal health care overhaul legislation.

Pruitt made the request Friday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee, where the lawsuit was filed on January 21st, 2011. U.S. District Judge Ronald White stayed the case while the U.S. Supreme Court decided a lawsuit filed by Florida and 25 other states involving the law.

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Local & Regional
9:20 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Pipeline Cleared

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HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta's tar sands region to Texas refineries now has a final permit for the Gulf Coast portion of the project.

TransCanada announced Friday that construction on the 485-mile section of pipeline would begin in the coming weeks.

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Local & Regional
9:18 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Oklahoma Rig Count Drops

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 11 this week to 1,924 from the previous week.

Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Friday that 1,416 rigs were exploring for oil and 505 were searching for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas and Wyoming each gained four rigs, California two and Louisiana one.

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Local & Regional
9:16 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Tulsa Firm to Design new OSU Halls

The library on the OSU Campus at Stillwater
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ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents has selected an architect to design a new residence hall on the Stillwater campus.

The regents meeting Friday in Ardmore chose KSQ Architects of Tulsa to design the up to 900 bed residence hall on the northwest side of campus. The building will replace Kerr-Drummond Hall — which is to be demolished.

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Election
11:51 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Dems to be on Ballot Top

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The names of Democratic candidates in Oklahoma will appear above Republicans on the November ballot.

A public drawing on Thursday at the State Election Board determined that Democrats will get the top spot, followed by the Republican Party and the Americans Elect Party.

State law requires a public drawing be held every general election year to determine the ballot order. The law also requires the names of independent candidates to appear after the nominees of recognized political parties.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Crews Have Largely Contained Wildfire in SW Oklahoma

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COOPERTON, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have a wildfire that's charred about 15 square miles in southwestern Oklahoma 90 percent contained and most people who left their homes have been allowed to return.

Officials say three homes remained evacuated late Thursday as crews tried to control the blaze in the western part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge north of Indiahoma. No homes have burned.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Storms Leave Some Damage in Oklahoma, Arkansas

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Severe thunderstorms brought much-needed rainfall but unwelcome wind damage in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Winds gusting over 70 mph blew through parts of southern Oklahoma and winds of at least 60 mph were reported in western Arkansas Thursday. Authorities say there were no immediate reports of injuries, but some homes and trees were damaged.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

New Report: Drought Getting Much Worse

Drought is getting worse over Eastern Oklahoma, including portions of Tulsa County
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the severity of an ongoing drought is expanding across Oklahoma.

The Drought Monitor's report released Thursday shows parts of northwestern Oklahoma in exceptional drought. The western one-third of the state, the Panhandle and parts of east-central to southeastern Oklahoma are in extreme drought while most of the remainder of the state is in severe drought.

Last week's report showed drought conditions in Oklahoma were intensifying and there has been little rain in the state since then.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu July 26, 2012

State House Panel to Continue Probe of Tax Breaks

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Millions of dollars in tax credits and incentives handed out by the state each year to businesses and industries will once again by scrutinized by a special House committee.

House Speaker Kris Steele on Wednesday announced the formation of the bipartisan House Tax Credit and Economic Incentive Oversight Committee. The panel will conduct several hearings in the coming months to analyze some of the dozens of tax credit and incentive programs the state offers.

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Local & Regional
7:41 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Missing Man Found Dead

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) — Mayes County authorities say a missing 85-year-old man has been found dead inside his crashed car in north Texas.  County Sheriff Frank Cantey told reporters that the body of Ralph Smith was found Wednesday morning inside the car in Grayson County, Texas, — near Sherman, Texas. Smith had been reported missing Tuesday afternoon and authorities said they believed he might have been trying to visit his wife in a Tulsa hospital. Cantey says it appears Smith had been dead for several hours when his body was found about 8:30 a.m.

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