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The KOSU news team curates news of interest to Oklahomans from various sources around the world. Our hope is inform, educate, and entertain.

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Public Service Co. filed an application July 14 “to withdraw its proposed tariff for distributed generation sources such as rooftop solar or small wind turbines,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

Oklahoma had one of the best wheat harvests in years, but “tremendous yields” hit a poor market paying just $3.44 per bushel instead of the $5.48 paid out on the same day last year, The Oklahoman’s Jesse Pound reports.

Oklahoma’s budget crisis has forced the state’s primary environmental regulator to delay cleanup projects across the state, KOCO’s Crystal Price reports.

“The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has fallen 25% in 2016 compared with a year earlier,” the Wall Street Journal’s Erin Ailworth reports.

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KOSU wishes all of our members and listeners a great, happy and safe 4th of July.

Remember that it’s illegal to buy, sell or use fireworks within many cities across Oklahoma. Check your local laws.

We tracked down a couple dozen Independence Day celebrations around the state. We know there are more than what's listed below, but hopefully you'll find a spot to celebrate the weekend and see pretty colors in the sky go boom.

FRIDAY, JULY 1

Bixby - E 121 St & S. Memorial Dr
7pm - 10pm (fireworks at 9:30pm)

NBC News looks at Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as a possible candidate for Donald Trump's running mate.

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Buddy Ryan, a native of Frederick, Oklahoma who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, has died. He was 82.

His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause.

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The Thunder have traded forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis, perhaps tweaking the roster to appeal to soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant.

Ibaka has been one of the league's top defenders, but his offensive production has dipped. He averaged career highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2013-14, but those numbers fell to 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.

Oladipo fills Oklahoma City's need for a two-way shooting guard. He averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season.

Gov. Mary Fallin is directing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to suspend the use of mobile scanners capable of seizing money loaded onto prepaid debit cards by alleged criminals.

Fallin announced her decision late Friday after the use of the cards raised concern among civil libertarians and a number of bipartisan groups and lawmakers. She says she wants to suspend use of the devices until a clear policy for using the new technology can be developed by the Department of Public Safety.

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Oklahoma's governor is criticizing the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust governing board for hiring a new chief executive officer at $250,000 a year.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday said she has instructed Health and Human Services Secretary Terry Cline to reject the salary.

Fallin's office claims the hire violates the spirit of an executive order she issued last year requiring approval from a top statewide elected official or cabinet secretary before making new hires or offering raises or bonuses.

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