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10:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Feds Accuse OG&E of Violating Clean Air Act

The OG&E plant at Muskogee
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The federal government has filed suit against Oklahoma Gas & Electric, alleging that the utility violated the Clean Air Act at its power plants in Muskogee and Sooner.

The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that OG&E increased the output of its coal-fired units without installing effective pollution controls.

At issue are renovations done to the Muskogee and Sooner plants between 2003 and 2006.

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Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Fallin's Environmental Secretary to Resign Post

Credit www.environment.ok.gov

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer is resigning.

Sherrer says in a letter to Fallin dated Friday that he plans to resign by Monday, the start of the new fiscal year.

Fallin says she plans to consolidate the secretary of environment and energy positions into one cabinet post and Sherrer said he didn't feel like he had the knowledge and expertise to handle both positions.

Fallin described Sherrer as a "strong voice for sensible, commonsense policies."

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Local & Regional
3:09 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Panel Certifies Revenue to Fund Okla. Government

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state board led by Gov. Mary Fallin has approved the final certification of general revenue available to fund state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The amount certified Monday by the Oklahoma State Board of Equalization is part of the $7.1 billion lawmakers appropriated to fund state government for the coming fiscal year. The board is required to meet after the legislative session ends to consider any bills that may have had an impact on the amount of revenue available for appropriation.

Local & Regional
3:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

OKC Police, FBI Announce Drug Trafficking Arrests

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police and the FBI have announced the arrests of nine people on charges that include drug trafficking and money laundering.

The arrests made Friday of Oklahoma City, Moore and Altus residents were announced on Monday after the unsealing of a federal indictment charging the nine and several others with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana and money laundering.

At least four of the others charged were already in custody on other charges.

Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Survey: Well-being of Okla. Children Improves

Credit oklahoma-map.org

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States shows improvement in Oklahoma.

The state's ranking improved from 40th to 36th among the 50 states in the Kids Count report released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The foundation ranks states based on four areas — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.

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Local & Regional
2:40 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Okla. Death Penalty Group Urges Halt to Execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group opposed to the death penalty is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to stop Tuesday's scheduled execution of a Kay County man convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend's mother nearly 12 years ago.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is meeting at the state Capitol Monday and urging Fallin to grant clemency to 39-year-old Brian Darrell Davis. The group also is planning a "pray-in" and demonstration on Tuesday, when Davis is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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2:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rare Snow Leopard Born at Tulsa Zoo

Credit tulsazoo.org

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Zoo says an endangered snow leopard cub has been born.

The zoo said Monday that the cub was born on May 10 and is now 7 weeks old.

The animal had two siblings but neither survived. One died when being born and the other died nine days later from an infection.

Zoo officials say the surviving cub, Nico, is doing well.

Nico is being hand-raised by zoo staff because the mother, Sherab, had birth-related complications and the two had to be separated.

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2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

No Tuition Hike for OSU In-State Undergrads

Credit okstate.edu

The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents has approved a $1.17 billion budget that includes no tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students.

The board met Friday in Tulsa.

Tuition for OSU undergraduates who are not from Oklahoma will rise 2.9 percent — or about $570 per year. In-state graduate student tuition is going up 1.8 percent, about $120 per year, while nonresident graduate students will pay 3 percent more, about $576 per year.

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Local & Regional
1:39 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Tulsa Airport Runway Reopens After Reconstruction

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa International Airport's primary commercial runway has reopened following a six-month reconstruction project.

The $20.3 million project is the third phase of a four-phase program to completely reconstruct the nearly 10,000-foot runway. The final phase is to reconstruct the intersection of two runways at the airport and is to begin next year.

Airport officials say the total project is estimated to cost $55 million and is being largely funded by Federal Aviation Administration grants.

Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Citizens to Give Input on Needed Tulsa Fixes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa leaders are asking for citizens to visit any of five public meetings throughout the city and weigh in on what capital improvement projects they want to see funded first.

The meetings begin July 16.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and city councilors will present a draft funding package, which includes capital improvement projects selected from among needs presented by city departments earlier this year.

After public comments are received, the package will be placed on a ballot for voter consideration in November.

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