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OSU President Steps Down from Chesapeake Board

Mar 7, 2013
Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis has been replaced on the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy. A news release on the company's website says the board accepted Hargis' resignation effective immediately.

Board Chairman Archie Dunham announced Thursday that Louis A. Raspino has been elected to fill the vacancy and has been appointed chairman of the audit committee. He will stand for election at the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders in June.


Attorney General: Let Oklahoma Clear the Air

Mar 7, 2013
Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

  Oklahoma's attorney general has told a federal appeals court the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority in creating regional haze guidelines for the state.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt was in Denver Wednesday to argue the state's case before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Soggy Weekend

Mar 7, 2013
National Weather Service Norman

Showers and thunderstorms are expected Saturday as a storm system moves in from the Southern Rockies.

Latest Earthquake May Link to Disposal Well

Mar 7, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 3.4 magnitude  earthquake has been recorded near Prague in central Oklahoma. The Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management says there were no injuries  or damage reported.

The USGS says the quake was recorded at 12:24 p.m. yesterday about 6 miles  northwest of Prague. That's about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Anti-Horse Slaughter Groups Lobby Lawmakers

Mar 7, 2013
nicodeux / Flickr Creative Commons

 A legislative plan to pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma is drawing fierce opposition from animal  rights groups.

Several animal protection groups plan to rally at the state Capitol Thursday for "Humane Lobby Day" and urge legislators to oppose the bill to allow horse  slaughtering in the state.

OneSix8: Entertaining the Hours of Your Week

Mar 7, 2013
Performing Arts Studio of Norman

Norman steals the spotlight on this week’s OneSix8 with numerous performances and family-friendly activities.

Fallin Accepts CNG Vehicles

Mar 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -_ Gov. Mary Fallin has accepted delivery of more than a dozen compressed natural gas-fueled pickup trucks that are being added to Oklahoma's fleet of vehicles.  Fallin said Wednesday that the CNG vehicles will cut the state's vehicle fuel costs and help reduce harmful exhaust emissions.  The trucks were delivered by John Vance Motors of Guthrie and Chrysler executives.

E-Cigarette Bill Passes Senate

Mar 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes has been approved in the Senate.  The Senate voted 26-15 on Wednesday for the bill that also limits the taxes that can be levied on the so-called ``e-cigarettes.''  An alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that users inhale. Under current law, there is no age restriction on the purchase of these products.  The bill would prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing any vapor or tobacco-derived products.  The measure

Pinnell Won't Seek Third Term

Mar 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell says he won't seek another term in office when his term expires next month.

Pinnell said Wednesday he would not run for a third term at the Oklahoma Republican Party Convention on April 20. First elected in 2010 when former Chairman Gary Jones ran for Oklahoma auditor and inspector, Pinnell was re-elected to a full two-year term in 2011.

Low-Performing Schools Bill Passes Senate

Mar 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Parents of children in low performing Oklahoma public schools could petition to have them converted to charters school and, in some cases, have a principal and other administrators fired, under a bill approved by the Senate. 

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address, flanked by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Chesapeake Energy has been pushing for a new law to undo a previous law the company helped write.

On Tuesday, the new law was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin — the first bill signed by the Governor during the 2013 legislative session.

On Our Way to “Waterworld” In Less than 40 Years

Mar 6, 2013
NASA Goddard Photo and Video / Flickr

A new study out this week finds that ice-free passage from North America to Asia directly over the North Pole could be possible after 2049.

UCLA geographers Laurence Smith and Scott Stephenson published the study Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

State House Passes Pension Bill

Mar 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - New state employees would have the option of a traditional pension or a defined contribution plan under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 65-22 on Tuesday for the bill that would give state employees hired after July 1, 2014, the new option. The bill would make it a requirement for statewide elected officials elected after July 2014 to be a member of the new defined contribution plan.

Most Democrats opposed the measure, arguing it was the first step toward abolishing public pensions in Oklahoma.

Pruitt Appeals Abortion Ruling

Mar 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that invalidated a state anti-abortion statute.

The state's highest court ruled in December that the anti-abortion law was ``facially unconstitutional'' and that a lower court judge was right to prevent its enforcement. The law restricted the off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU-486.

OK Senate Approves Drought Relief Fund

Mar 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Senate has approved the creation of a special drought-relief fund to aid the state's agricultural community during times of drought emergency.

The full Senate voted without objection to create the fund that would be overseen by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. However, there was no funding mechanism included in the bill, and any money deposited into it would come from direct appropriations from the Legislature.

School Security Group Submits Recommendations

Mar 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Members of a state task force created after the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school have submitted five recommendations for legislative action to help prevent similar attacks in Oklahoma.

well site
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Earthquakes have been increasing in Oklahoma and other states throughout the mid-continent, and many seismologists think this increased seismicity is linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

Person on bench at bus stop
Ed Shadid

The Oklahoma City metro is used to receiving top rankings in a number of areas, including unemployment, business climate and affordable housing, but there are other areas where the community falls short.

One of those is public transit. Of the top 50 cities in the nation, Oklahoma City is dead last in the quality and sustainability of public transportation.

40th anniversary of Wounded Knee '73

Mar 2, 2013

This week on Indian Times...last Wednesday was the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee ‘73, it was the last armed conflict between Native Americans and the United States Government... and for many, their coming of age.  We'll talk with a participant, Louis Gray.

O. Louis Guglielmi /

On March 2, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art opened a recently-reassembled exhibit of modern American art the U.S. State Department recalled from an overseas tour in the 1940’s.