Corporation Commission Dismisses $16 billion Refund Case involving Bribed Vote

“If they think bribery is good, that’s not Oklahoma law.” Ret. Gen. Richard Burpee   The 2-1 vote by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to dismiss the efforts of consumers for nearly $16 billion in refunds from Southwestern Bell did not come as a surprise to those making the challenge. Commissioners Todd Hiett and Dana Murphy voted …

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Sam Noble Museum Hosts Earthquake Exhibit

The Sam Noble Museum on the campus of the University of Oklahoma will hosts the traveling exhibit “When the Earth Shakes” from September 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017. “This really is an exhibit that will fascinate people of all ages, especially those who have a special interest in the science behind earthquakes,” said Morgan …

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Gasoline Prices Keep Falling…..New State Average of $2.06

The Labor Day weekend brought a drop in gasoline prices in Oklahoma with a new statewide average of $2.06, a drop of 5 cents a gallon according to AAA Oklahoma. “The statewide average is down seven cents from where it was on August 30, said Chuck Mai, spokesman for the group. “But the drop is …

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Oklahomans Show Support for Native Americans Fighting North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Some Oklahoma Indian tribes are supporting the protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that is being built across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma recently sent volunteers as well as donations of food, water and other supplies to the protesters who include a large population of Native …

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Oil and Gas Downturn Opens Door to Recession in Oklahoma

The energy downturn in Oklahoma is being blamed again as the latest gross receipts at the State Treasury were down for an 18th consecutive month in August, according to State Treasurer Ken Miller. Some quoted him as calling it a recession in Oklahoma. Miller said one thing is clear—the state’s jobless numbers were greater than …

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State Insurance Department to Offer Earthquake Help Thursday in Pawnee

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is committed to helping those affected by one of the strongest earthquakes in state history. Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County, the area rocked hardest by Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude quake. OID representatives toured the damaged areas and met with local officials Tuesday. …

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400 Seismometers Being Added to Pawnee County Following Weekend Quake

Days after the historic magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Pawnee County, officials are installing hundreds more seismometers. Scientists from Cornell University started delivering the 400 instruments this week with the intent of monitoring the newly-discovered geological fault line that had previously been unknown to researchers. Oklahoma State University scientists will help in the project of burying …

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Energy Companies Accuse Sierra Club of Wanting Federal Court to become “Seismicity Czar” in Earthquake Fight

Four energy companies sued in Oklahoma City federal court by the Sierra Club in a fight over earthquakes and who or what is causing them contend the Sierra Club is asking the court to be a “backseat driver” while painting itself into a corner. The responses come from Chesapeake Operating LLC, Devon Energy Production, SandRidge Exploration …

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Corporation Commission to Hold Possible Vote on 1989 Bribed Rate Hike Case

The efforts of some consumers to force the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reopen a 1989 bribed vote that granted a rate hike to then-Southwestern Bell could end on Wednesday. It’s when the Commission has scheduled a vote on the case that consumers want to see an estimated $16 billion returned to ratepayers. The issue came …

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USGS Warns of Strong Aftershocks from Pawnee Quake

While the U.S. Geological Survey officially put the Pawnee earthquake at magnitude 5.6, it could actually have been stronger, according to experts. News 9’s Tiffany Liou reports the USGS is still analyzing the data from the Saturday morning event that was felt in several states including Tennessee to the east, Minnesota to the north and …

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