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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on the state to cancel its Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood, citing what she called a "high rate of billing errors."

The governor announced Thursday that she's asking the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to terminate contracts with two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Fallin says the OHCR found the clinics had billing error rates of about 20 percent and 14 percent, though no improper use of state Medicaid funds.

A report released the oil and gas industry suggests only 0.5 percent disposal wells throughout the U.S. have been linked or suspected as a possible cause of earthquakes, the Tulsa World reports. “However, a spokeswoman for the group acknowledges that many of the studies cited in the report use models rather than actual wells, making such figures ‘speculative.’”

University of Oklahoma President David Boren wrote an op-ed for TIME Magazine regarding OU's experience with a viral racist video this spring. Boren writes about what he learned and how the campus reacted.


Republican state Rep. Charlie Joyner of Midwest City says he will not seek re-election next year.

Joyner said in a statement Thursday that he wants to spend more time with his wife and family. He will serve out the remainder of his term that includes the upcoming legislative session.

“It has been an honor to represent the people of House District 95,” said Joyner, R-Midwest City. “I’m really grateful for the trust voters have placed in me over the years, but it’s time for new leadership in the Legislature.”

Despite claims of transparency and accountability, Oklahoma gets a failing grade in a new report focusing on state integrity. As Cary Aspinwall reports The Center for Public Integrity, Oklahoma is one of 11 states to receive a failing grade.

Oklahoma's medical board was looking into the medical license of a Tulsa surgeon who was accused of botching operations that left patients paralyzed, in perpetual pain — or dead. But, shortly after a 2013 phone call from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a three-year, $600,000 investigation abruptly ended.

President Obama has “no intention of bowing to a request from the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline to delay a decision on the project, saying he wanted to take action before his tenure ends,” the New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports.

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State health officials say Oklahoma's adult smoking rate is continuing to decline, dropping nearly 20 percent over the past four years to a new all-time low.

Survey results released Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health show the number of Oklahomans who smoke dropped to 21 percent in 2014, the state's lowest rate ever. The decline moved Oklahoma's ranking from 46th out of 50 states in 2013 to 40th last year.

Area residents are showing their respects for those hurt at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade by placing cards, flowers and stuffed animals at the corner of Hall of Fame Avenue and Main Street.

“These materials created and left by Stillwater residents, OSU students and our many visitors are important to all of us,” said Ammie Bryant, director for the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. “They are a physical representation of how our community has pulled together in this crisis.”

Oklahoma State University and the City of Stillwater will host a memorial service honoring victims, survivors and first responders of Saturday's homecoming parade crash that killed four people and injured dozens more.

The school and city announced the service would be Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Stillwater campus.