After 5 years of drought, Oklahoma’s dwindling water resources have the attention of state lawmakers. There are competing bills to study moving water from southeast Oklahoma to the Altus area, and to encourage self-sufficient, regionally based plans to meet future water needs.
Balancing the interests of Oklahomans who have plenty of water with those who desperately need it is a political fight, but not between Republicans and Democrats
“The town of Clayton lost their economic base [when Sardis Lake was built],” Hutchinson says. “Now they’ve converted over the years to a tourism base because of the lake. Now if they take the water out, they’re going to lose twice.”
Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:09 am
The U.S. surgeon general lists 21 deadly diseases that are caused by smoking. Now, a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine points to more than a dozen other diseases that apparently add to the tobacco death toll.
To arrive at this conclusion, scientists from the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and several universities tracked nearly a million people for a decade and recorded their causes of death.
Two anti-abortion measures have been approved in the Oklahoma House.
The House Public Health Committee on Wednesday approved the "Oklahoma Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act," which would outlaw certain late-term abortions. The bill provides an exception in cases where the abortion was necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the mother. It now heads to the full House.
Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:55 pm
Updated at 5:44 p.m.
The House, in a 270-152 vote today, approved the Keystone XL pipeline project and sent the measure to President Obama who has said he will veto it.
NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit this isn't likely to be the last standoff between the GOP-controlled Congress and the White House on energy issues. They are also likely to clash on the president's climate rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution.
Oklahomans would be prohibited from texting while driving under legislation approved by a state House committee.
The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 11-0 Wednesday to send the measure to the full House for debate and a vote.
The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa would prohibit a motorist from operating a motor vehicle while texting, emailing or using instant messaging on an electronic device while the vehicle is in motion.
Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:26 am
In a move that is sure to set off a new round of debate over how the U.S. should fight ISIS, the Obama administration has sent Congress a request for formal authorization to use military force against the extremist group.