CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — The massive oil storage complex at Cushing is nearing its operational capacity as oil inventories nationwide continue to rise.
The Oklahoman reports that as of March 6th, Cushing's sprawling tank complex held more than 51.5 million barrels of oil.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says oil inventories have grown for eight consecutive weeks as of February 27th. The buildup has averaged 7.7 million barrels a week over the eight-week period, marking the largest such increase since at least 1982.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator James Lankford has returned from a visit to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility that he took with four fellow freshman Republican senators.
Lankford joined Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas; Joni Ernst of Iowa; Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Mike Rounds of South Dakota who returned Friday night from the trip that included seeing detention operations and meeting with military commanders.
The National Transportation Safety Board has arrived on the remote scene of last Thursday night's EagleMed helicopter crash and have started the investigation into what cause the helicopter to go down.
The chopper crashed near Lake Eufaula in McIntosh County. The area is so remote that it is only accessible by foot or an All-Terrain Vehicle. Even with an ATV, the crash site is a half-hour ride into the woods.
The pilot, Matt Mathews died in the crash. Two other crew members were injured. The helicopter was in route to its base at McAlester, from Tulsa, when it went down.
DALLAS (AP) — Officials at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital say five people who fell ill with listeriosis after consuming a Blue Bell ice cream product became sick while patients in their hospital. Three of the people died.
A spokeswoman for Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita says five patients became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015.
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A state district attorney and judge are at legal odds over the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County.
Rex Duncan, the district attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties, has made claims that Associate District Judge Patrick Pickerill used a "sham legal process" to backdate two administrative orders that appointed a secretary bailiff and created a drug court on October 30th.
The Tulsa World reports that another judge denied Duncan's initial claims and ratified the orders on January 14th.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A high-profile attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma says the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected.
Attorney Stephen Jones said Friday members of the fraternity and their parents also are concerned about the students' safety after some received physical and verbal abuse, even death threats.