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As Oklahoma Officials Resist, Utilities On Path To Comply With Pollution Cuts

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But Oklahoma’s largest electric utilities have a big head start cutting back on coal, and are already on their way to compliance. ‘RETIRED IN PLACE’ At Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s Northeast Station, near Oologah, workers are climbing all over the massive metal frame of a...
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Advocates for overhauling Oklahoma's civil asset forfeiture laws say the current system is ripe for abuse and should be changed so that innocent people can't have their cash seized by law enforcement.

Several legal experts testified about shortcomings in Oklahoma's current law Tuesday during a hearing at the state Capitol.

But the changes are being fiercely opposed by prosecutors and law enforcement, both of whom directly benefit by receiving the seized proceeds. Supporters of the current law are testifying at a separate interim study at the Tulsa Police Academy.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

Students who get suspended in the Oklahoma City Public School district will now have an option: take the suspension and go home or go through a 10-day remedial program.

In the program, teachers will help the kids keep up with their work, as they go through character development classes and counseling.

“And so, instead of just sending them home, to sit at home, let’s keep ‘em in school, keep up with their academics, and then also teach ‘em some skills that they need to learn,” said Dr. Teri Bell, the district’s executive director of student support services.

Headlines for Tuesday, September 1, 2015:

  • A new study looks at Oklahoma’s law enforcement agencies and property seizures. (News9)

  • Death penalty opponents go on national TV to oppose Oklahoma execution. (Tulsa World)

  • Citizens speak out against prescription drug abuse at the state capitol. (News9)

Stories about how Amazon and Google want to deliver packages using drones have gotten a lot of attention. But in fact, some 1,300 businesses and individuals have already received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for commercial purposes — everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But their operators are worried that recreational drone users who have been flying their vehicles near aircraft may spoil the party.

The greater sage grouse is a peculiar and distinctly Western bird. It's about the size of a chicken and about as adaptable as the dodo bird, which is to say it's not very adaptable at all — at least not in a human-driven time scale.

In biological terms, the greater sage grouse is perfectly adapted for its habitat: the rolling hills of knee-high silver scrub that's sometimes called the sagebrush sea. It's the oft-forgotten parts of the fast-changing West — The Big Empty, as settlers used to call it.

The killings of two journalists in Virginia last week have reignited a national conversation on mass shootings and gun control.

No one wants dangerous people with dangerous guns, but different parties point in different directions when it comes to laying the blame for gun violence or proposing appropriate policies moving forward.

Headlines for Monday, August 31, 2015:

  • A new report show young people who leave the Department of Human Services end up on the street. (NewsOK)

  • Supporters of a new Oklahoma County jail say they need facilities to handle mentally health patients. (NewsOK)

  • Community leaders want to reduce mental ill patients in jails. (Tulsa World)

A state lawmaker says he's withdrawing his request for an interim study on civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma and instead plans a panel discussion on the issue.

Republican Sen. Kyle Loveless of Oklahoma City said Friday the study was scheduled to convene on Tuesday at the Tulsa Police Academy — a location that had drawn criticism from the public, committee members and the media. Instead, Loveless says he will host a panel discussion Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Headlines for Friday, August 28, 2015:

  • Friends and colleagues gather to remember Mark Costello. (NewsOK)

  • The removal of the Ten Commandments Monument is moving forward. (News9)

  • Grand jury calls for the removal of Rogers County Commission. (Tulsa World)

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan enraged many top officials in Oklahoma, who argued the rules were an expensive, unnecessary overreach by the federal government.

But the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create opportunities in Oklahoma, researchers and officials say.