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  • Congress averts government shutdown hours before deadline

    WASHINGTON – House members have easily voted to approve a short-term spending bill that would avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight. The measure gives negotiators until next Friday to resolve final differences over a $1 trillion bill financing federal agencies through Sept. 30. That’s the end of the current fiscal year. While the vote was not over, the chamber was on track to overwhelmingly approve the weeklong measure and send it to the Senate. Senators are expected to approve […]

  • Oil company finds hidden trove of oil in Gulf of Mexico

    HOUSTON, TX – British oil company BP has discovered 200 million barrels of oil in a hidden cache in the Gulf of Mexico thanks to advanced imaging of geological formations. The Houston Chronicle reports the oil reserve about 150 miles from New Orleans is potentially worth $2 billion in recoverable oil. The oil reserves were discovered with the help of a new supercomputer and mathematical algorithm to interpret the seismic data, which oil companies use to map features below the earth, […]

  • Saltwater spill adds to water problems in Osage County

    TULSA, Okla. – Environmental tests on an Oklahoma creek have led to the discovery of a saltwater spill into the main source of freshwater for Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The Tulsa World reports that an Environmental Protection Agency inspector working on Bird Creek was shown a broken drainage pipe on a hillside which led to finding the saltwater spill into Sand Creek on Tuesday. Tallgrass Preserve Director Bob Hamilton says pumper trucks are taking water out of a pond below the […]

  • Oklahoma Capitol to be shut down for a week in October

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Capitol will be shut down for more than a week in the fall as part of an ongoing $245 million renovation of the 100-year-old building. State officials announced Wednesday the building would be closed to tenants and visitors from Friday, Oct. 13, until Monday, Oct. 23. Officials with Manhattan Construction say the building will be without power during that time as workers replace the main electrical service, which is more than 60 years old. Crews […]

  • Oklahoma attorney general announces new panel to study opioid abuse

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s new Attorney General Mike Hunter is working with lawmakers to create a commission to study what he says is a growing problem of prescription painkiller abuse in Oklahoma. Hunter joined members of the House and Senate on Wednesday to announce legislation to create the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. Under the resolution, Hunter would chair the nine-member committee composed of members of the health community, law enforcement and lawmakers. The panel would be charged with recommending […]

  • Nonprofit helping officer in Tulsa shooting case is in debt

    TULSA, Okla. – A financial statement shows a national nonprofit raising funds to help an Oklahoma police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man has spent more than it’s taken in. National Center for Police Defense President Jim Fotis tells the Tulsa World that the group has raised nearly $100,000 for Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby since being involved in the case. But an April 11 financial statement shows the group is in debt for more than $46,000. Fotis […]

  • Oklahoma AG says state moving forward with execution plans

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s new Attorney General says the state is moving forward with new protocols for executing death row inmates, despite a unanimous recommendation from a bipartisan study group that a death penalty moratorium remain in place. Mike Hunter said Wednesday that while he respects the independent work of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, he “respectfully disagrees” with the panel’s findings. The commission suggested a moratorium be extended while “systemic flaws” in the death penalty system are addressed. […]

  • Fuel costs to increase for some Oklahoma utility customers

    TULSA, Okla. – Public Service Company of Oklahoma says monthly bills to its customers will be rising because of increased fuel costs, known as the fuel factor. The company says that starting with May billing, a typical customer who uses 1,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see their bills rise by about $6 per month. The fuel factor is based largely on predicted fuel and power costs, and PSO said Wednesday that fuel costs during the past six months […]

  • Report: Former Sooner star Adrian Peterson agrees on contract with Saints

    NEW ORLEANS – Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have not announced a deal, but Peterson tells ESPN in a statement that he’s agreed to play in New Orleans. Peterson has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, surpassing 1,000 yards rushing in a season seven times and 2,000 yards once. However, he played in only three games last season before being sidelined by […]

  • Senator accuses EPA chief Scott Pruitt of violating ethics law

    WASHINGTON –  A Senate Democrat says the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is breaking the law by agreeing to headline a state GOP fundraiser. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over a planned May 5 appearance as the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Republican Party’s annual gala dinner. The Rhode Island Democrat says that would violate the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of executive branch employees. Pruitt served as Oklahoma’s […]

  • Trial underway for Texas man accused of shooting death of 4

    DALLAS, TX. – A capital murder trial is underway for a Dallas-area man who prosecutors say shot and killed four women and wounded four children. Testimony Tuesday in the trial of 48-year-old Erbie Lee Bowser included Dallas County jurors hearing 911 calls made by victims of the 2013 shootings at two separate homes. Bowser pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday, the first day of the trial. His lawyer has argued that military service and repeated concussions from […]