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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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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.


The scene in front of clinics where abortions are performed is often tense, with clinic workers escorting patients past activists waving signs and taking photographs.

But increasingly, another drama is unfolding out back. There, abortion opponents dig through the trash in search of patient information.

Headlines for Thursday, August 28, 2015:

  • An investigation into the death of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello shows the attack was planned. (NewsOK)

  • The mass slaying of a Broken Arrow family might have been videotaped. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma’s teacher shortage means larger class sizes. (News9)

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According to data recently released by the ACT, or American College Test, only 22 percent of Oklahoma students were ready for college courses in math, English, social science and biology when they graduated from high school.  Nationally, 28 percent of students met the benchmark scores in all four subjects.

Oklahoma students have maintained an average score of 20.7 on the test for the past five years. Nationwide, scores have gone down slightly since 2011. The national average for 2015 was 21.0

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Two journalists for Virginia TV news station WDBJ were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.

Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring Vicki Gardner, the head of a local Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed. Gardner is now in stable condition, hospital officials say.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

  • A judge denies the bond for the man accused of killing Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. (Tulsa World)

  • The issue of mental health is coming up following the death of the Labor Commissioner. (Journal Record)

  • An Oklahoma Representative’s Facebook post is causing controversy. (KFOR)