TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A group responsible for managing Oklahoma's floodplains says bills moving through the Legislature that prohibit cities from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations could prevent the state from participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association has sent a letter to lawmakers warning that the local control legislation might prevent flood insurance policies from being written and renewed.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, 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.
CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — 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 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 Sergeant Greg Valencia says there are no reports of damage or injury.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — SandRidge Energy said Thursday it plans to lay off 132 employees from its Oklahoma City headquarters.
According to a statement issued by company CEO James Bennett, declining oil and natural gas price have forced the company to adjust its workforce to align with "the realities of a lower commodity price."
The layoffs would cut headquarter staffing by about 20 percent. SandRidge currently employs 661 in Oklahoma City.
Authorities say the Reserve Tulsa County Deputy involved in this week's fatal shooting of a suspect in a string operation, mistook his service weapon for a taser. Deputy Robert Bates is 73-years-old. You may read the Sheriff's Department's initial report below:
Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Investigators are continuing an investigation into yesterday’s shooting involving a reserve deputy assigned to the Tulsa County Violent Crimes Task Force.