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Energy Task Force to Include Closed-Door Meetings in House-Approved Bill


A bill creating another new energy-related state task force has won approval in the State House but it would also be exempt from the Oklahoma Public Meeting law.

House Bill 2151 by Tulsa Rep. Weldon Watson was approved on a 68-20 vote despite opposition from Stillwater Rep. Cory Williams.

He argued if …

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Senate Committee Approves Nuclear Power Bill with Inhofe’s Support

Keeping you up to date on what the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is doing, it has passed a Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act.

Called NEIMA, it improves the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s fee structure and lets it regulate and approve advanced reactor designs. The EPW committee, with the support of …

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Bridenstine Successful in New NASA Funding Law


It wasn’t that we intentionally omitted Rep. Jim Bridenstine from a story this week about a White House signing ceremony for funding of NASA programs. We just weren’t aware of it until his office released an announcement indicating the Tulsa Republican Congressman watched as President trump signed S.442, a measure that included …

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Spring Storms Set to Develop in Oklahoma—-Could Produce a Tornado Threat for SE


Spring’s here and that means the first severe weather of the season is developing in Oklahoma.

David Payne, News 9’s Chief Meteorologist says at least four storms could occur in the next 9 days, bringing rain and of course, the threat of maybe a tornado.

“Powerful storm systems are lined up about …

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Chaparral Energy Exits Bankruptcy Protection

Oklahoma City-based Chaparral Energy announced it has completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The company’s reorganization plan was recognized and approved by the U.S. District Bankruptcy Court of Delaware on March 10. It allowed conversion of $1.2 billion of pre-petition debt to equity and elimination of nearly $100 …

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Legislators Want Credit for Funding Education

Maybe Andy Griffith on TV’s Mayberry said it best. “You can change the name of a rose but you can’t do anything about the smell.”

Members of the Oklahoma State House apparently don’t think they’re getting enough credit for funding education. They voted this week in support of a bill that opponents called …

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Legislature Votes to Study Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Nearly three weeks after a State House committee okayed a measure creating a task force to study the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the full House has also given approval.

House bill 1377 would create a “Twenty-first Century Corporation Commission Task Force.” Approval came on a 91-0 vote meaning even those who questioned the measure …

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State House Votes to Continue Aerospace Tax Credit

While the Oklahoma legislature has voted to strip the wind industry of tax credits it bestowed on wind farms several years ago, the State House has okayed continuation of a $5,000 tax credit for aerospace engineers.

House Bill 1839 by Rep. Leslie Osborn (R-OKC) would cost the tax $7 million but she argued …

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Rep. Frank Lucas Attends Historic Signing of NASA Bill by President Trump

District 3 Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) joined Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) along with legislative colleagues and NASA astronauts in the White House Oval Office on Tuesday to witness President Trump sign S.442, the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

“As Vice Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology …

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Pipeline Builder in North Dakota says Line is Being Attacked


The company’s not giving details but the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline protested by Oklahoma environmentalists and Native Americans in North Dakota claims the line has been targeted with “coordinated physical attacks.”

It’s the claim in court filings where the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is still fighting the completion of …

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