Victor A. Pozadas

A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

Oklahoma U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin is running for a fourth term, despite his campaign promise that he would only serve for three terms.

Mullin says his original decision was due to concerns about the impact of Congress on his family and their business, but now he says his family is doing well, and he has a better understanding of politics.

Mullin says he understands that people may be upset because he didn’t stand by his campaign promise, but he hopes to make a difference under President Trump’s administration.

More than half the oil and gas a typical horizontal well will produce over its lifetime in Oklahoma is pumped to the surface during its first three years, a new report from Oklahoma Watch shows.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 5, 2017:

  • Congressman Markwayne Mullin breaks pledge to run for a fourth term. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma receives an “F” in workplace safety from a National Advocacy Group.(NewsOK)

The New York Times reports on Scott Pruitt's actions on more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the EPA's 47-year history.

Claire Donnelly / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is suing more than a dozen U.S. drug manufacturers.

The lawsuit names Purdue Pharma, Inc., Allergan PLC, Cephalon, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. among other companies. It was filed in Cleveland County District Court Friday morning.

The suit argues the companies were "deceptive" and "misleading" when marketing opioids to Oklahoma doctors, by exaggerating the drugs’ effectiveness and downplaying the danger of opioid addiction.

Victor A. Pozadas

Beginning July 1, a new fee will be implemented to all professional sports tickets sold in the state.

Oklahomans can expect this hike to affect prices on tickets for teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Energy FC, and Dodgers, as well as the Tulsa Oilers, Roughnecks FC, and Drillers.

House Bill 2361 was signed into law earlier this year to help fill the state's almost $900 million dollar budget shortfall. This fee is projected to generate around $2.6 million dollars a year.

Headlines for Friday, June 30, 2017:

  • State Regents approve tuition increases at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. (NewsOK)

  • Health care officials worry about Medicaid disruption. (Journal Record)

  • Lankford criticizes President on tweets. (NewsOK)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the dire situation at the Department of Corrections according to Director Joe Allbaugh, the state faces a lawsuit by car dealers over a tax increase on the sale of new motor vehicles as well as a suit by Republican candidate for Governor Gary Richardson over other issues in the budget passed last month by lawmakers.

MAPS 3 Park To Be Named 'Scissortail Park'

Jun 29, 2017
Storme Jones / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The Scissortail Park will be the newest project to join the MAPS 3 series of renovations.

Community leaders announced the name Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says the 70-acre park will become a source of pride for the city.