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EPA chief Scott Pruitt blatantly violates the Hatch Act to raise funds for Oklahoma Republicans.

It may seem ridiculous when looking at the crew now filling the administrative offices of the executive branch, but government employees are not supposed to be partisan. Under the Hatch Act, passed way back in 1939, only the president, vice president, and a handful of others in the executive branch are free to be involved ...

- Daily Kos - US

Oklahoma AG says state moving forward with execution plans.

Oklahoma is moving forward with new protocols for executing death row inmates, despite a unanimous recommendation from a bipartisan study group that a moratorium on the death penalty remain in place, the state's new attorney general said Wednesday.

- FOX News - US

EPA Pledges To Correct ‘Error’ In GOP Fundraiser Invite Featuring Pruitt.

The Environmental Protection Agency pledged to correct what it called an “error,” after a Democratic senator asked for an investigation into whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law by appearing in his official capacity on an Oklahoma GOP fundraiser invitation. Though government officials are ...

- TPM News - US

Why Russell Westbrook and the Thunder lost to the Rockets in 3 charts.

The first-round series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets came to a sudden end with the Rockets' Game 5 win on Tuesday night. Like several of the earlier games in the series, the key moment of Game 5 came late in the game when Russell Westbrook was on the bench. In that 2:45 stretch at the start of ...

- Business Insider - US

The Thunder's ugly flame-out of the playoffs shows how far Kevin Durant's decision set them back.

Christian Petersen/GettyThe Oklahoma City Thunder's season ended in the exact way anybody could have expected — with Russell Westbrook exhausting himself as he tried to will his team to a win. Despite Westbrook's 47 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, the Thunder still fell short, losing 105-99 to the Houston Rockets, ...

- Business Insider - US

Democratic senator accuses EPA administrator of violating federal law.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse filed a Hatch Act complaint over an invitation to the event promoting Pruitt's political actions.CREDIT: AP Photo/Teresa CrawfordNext Friday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt — former Oklahoma Attorney General — will give the keynote address at the Oklahoma ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens for Opioid Abuse.

In a lawsuit filed last week in the District Court of the Cherokee Nation, located within the state of Oklahoma, the tribe's attorney general is alleging Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens, along with 3 major prescription drug distributors, have caused great harm to the Cherokee Nation. The lawsuit claims the defendants......

- FindLaw - US

The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today.

MLB.com Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Wednesday: The Houston Rockets owner just couldn't wait. In a bizarre scene during Game 5 of the Rockets' playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander left his seat in the middle of a play to go scold one of the ...

- Business Insider - US

Pipeline Company Cleaning Up Oklahoma Oil Spill.

A Houston-based pipeline company is cleaning up an oil spill northwest of Oklahoma City. The 19,000 gallon spill affected about 70 acres of farmland and reached one small creek.         

- USA TODAY - US

What the century-old murders of Osage people say about the U.S.

To this day, Oklahoma descendants of the victims live side-by-side with descendants of the killers The post What the century-old murders of Osage people say about the U.S. appeared first on Macleans.ca.

- Macleans.ca - CA

Rockets advance to West semis.

The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. James Harden had 34 points while Westbrook piled up 47 and ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Cherokee Nation Sues Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens Over Tribal Opioid Crisis

The tribe says these companies regularly filled large, suspicious prescriptions within the Nation's 14 counties in northeastern Oklahoma, leading to hundreds of tribal members' deaths.

- NPR - US

Oklahoma Death Penalty Commission Recommends Extending Moratorium

300-page report identifies variety of problems with current application of the death penalty and makes dozens of recommendations.

- Reason.com - US

Rockets owner left his seat in the middle of a play to go yell at a ref

TNT A bizarre scene unfolded during Game 5 of the first-round NBA playoff series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder when a fan approached a referee while the ball was in play. The incident occurred late in the first quarter. The fan was identified by several NBA insiders as Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. ...

- Business Insider - US

The Houston Rockets owners left his seat to go yell at a ref in the middle of a play

TNT A bizarre scene unfolded during Game 5 of the first-round NBA playoff series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder when a fan approached a referee while the ball was in play. The incident occurred late in the first quarter. The fan was identified by several NBA insiders as Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. ...

- Business Insider - US

Citing flaws, Oklahoma group calls for extended execution moratorium

Oklahoma should extend its moratorium on executions indefinitely until "systemic flaws" in the state's capital punishment system are repaired, a bipartisan group said on Tuesday after a year-long review prompted by problems with prior lethal injections. The state put executions on hold in October 2015. The 11-member ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Panel to release detailed report on Oklahoma's death penalty

OKLAHOMA CITY " An 11-member commission of prominent Oklahomans that's been conducting a comprehensive review of Oklahoma's use of the death penalty is expected to release its findings.Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Converging possibilities: Oklahoma City's innovation district

Cities rise above international competitors not just through their ability to innovate within single industries—say, auto, steel or energy—but also by identifying new points of convergence across them. Pittsburgh's renewal, for example, has been spurred by its research in new technologies—robotics, artificial ...

- Brookings - US

Indian territory oil history

Most Oklahomans know the history behind the title given to the city of Tulsa: Oil Capital of the World. Major oil strikes were made before the surrounding territory was even granted statehood.

- OGJ - US

Williams Partners to shed Geismar olefins plant

Williams Partners LP, Tulsa, has entered a deal to sell its indirect ownership interest in the recently rebuilt and expanded Geismar, La., olefins plant and complex to Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, .

- OGJ - US

Movie News: Scorsese, DiCaprio, De Niro Touted for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'; Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth

Killers of the Flower Moon: Director Martin Scorsese might team up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to make Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Academy Award winner Eric Roth wrote the screenplay based on David Grann's book, which tells the true story of more than two dozen ...

- Movies.com - US

Can we design a better fuel economy label?

Everyone looks for price, but there are smarter ways to communicate fuel efficiency on car labels. Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.comTransportation contributes approximately 26 percent to greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, governments around the world are looking for ways to increase consumers' use of fuel-efficient vehicles. ...

- The Conversation - UK

Skip Bayless Knocks Russell Westbrook for Presser Meltdown After OKC Loss: He's 'Been So Spoiled'

Following his team's pivotal Game 4 playoff loss on Sunday, all-world Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook lashed out at a reporter who asked a question of teammate Steven Adams that Westbrook saw as an attempt to divide the team.

- Mediaite - US

Sean Hannity: Sexual harrassement charges against O'Reilly are '100% false'

CBS NEW YORK — Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News contributor are "100% false and a complete fabrication." Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his ...

- Business Insider - US

U.S. Supreme Court snubs Chesapeake Energy in bonds dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by natural gas company Chesapeake Energy Corp to avoid having to pay $438.7 million to investors in a bonds dispute. The justices refused to hear the Oklahoma City-based company's appeal of a September 2016 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Libs Thrilled Over Hannity's 'Sexual Misconduct' Accusation, Yawn at the Evidence against Bill Clinton

A Tulsa Radio program accused Fox's biggest news personality of sexual misconduct" after supposedly rejecting his sexual advances:

- TruthRevolt.org - US

The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today

Francisco Seco/AP Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Monday: The Oklahoma City Thunder did what? With just under 22 seconds to go, the Thunder trailed the Rockets by five. Steven Adams made a free throw and then bizarrely indicated to Russell Westbrook that he was going to intentionally miss ...

- Business Insider - US

Former Fox News contributor accuses Sean Hannity of sexual harassment

On the heels of Bill O'Reilly being let go from Fox News amid allegations of sexual harassment, another Fox News host, Sean Hannity, is being accused of asking a former network contributor to go back to his hotel room with him; after she declined, he allegedly retaliated by never inviting her back to appear on Fox News. In ...

- The Week - US

Thunder lose critical game to Rockets after complete mental breakdown moments after pulling off awesome trick play to get back into the contest

The Oklahoma City Thunder's season is on the brink after losing a critical Game 4 to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. The final moments of the game were one of the most bizarre of the postseason so far. After the Rockets trailed for much of the game, they clawed back into the contest by successfully utilizing the "hack-a" ...

- Business Insider - US

Oklahoman author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles'

TULSA, OKLAHOMA—Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of kilometers into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes. The post Oklahoman author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles' ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Affordable Care Act: A Tale of Two Red States

In Oklahoma, which has raged against the law, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has some of the lowest.

- New York Times - US

Bibles flown to moon stir ownership dispute

Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes.

- FOX News - US

Oklahoman author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles'

TULSA, Okla. — Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma...

- Townhall.com - US

Thunder survive Rockets, claw back in series

Russell Westbrook's latest triple-double came with plenty of help from his teammates, and translated to a 115-113 NBA playoff victory for the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday

- The Daily Star - LB

Scott Pruitt came to Earth Day Texas, and the whole thing was pretty weird

Business Insider/Rebecca HarringtonDALLAS — Scott Pruitt has emerged as an unusually controversial Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a Cabinet-level position that historically hasn't held the name recognition that other top posts have. As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt sued the agency he now leads 14 ...

- Business Insider - US

Woman convicted of charges in Oklahoma corpse-slashing trial

An Oklahoma woman has been convicted of burglary and four other charges after she slashed the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend.

- FOX News - US

Westbrook fined $15,000 for profanity after loss

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for using inappropriate language during a post-game interview session, the league announced.

- The Daily Star - LB

11 Republican AGs file on behalf of Exxon, claiming climate investigation is a 'witchhunt'

On behalf of the public, they want to stop an investigation into a corporation.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has come to Exxon's defense — again. AP Photo/Eric Gay, FileCiting Exxon Mobil's right to free speech,' 11 state attorneys general — all Republicans — filed in court this week to stop an ...

- ThinkProgress - US

How G.O.P. in 2 States Coaxed the Health Law to Success or Crisis

In Oklahoma, which has raged against the Affordable Care Act, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has one of the lowest average premium costs.

- New York Times - US

Exxon probe is unconstitutional, Republican prosecutors say

A group of 11 Republican state attorneys general are protesting an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. violated consumer protection laws when selling fossil fuel products, according to a court filing. Top prosecutors for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, ...

- Yahoo! News Finance - US

Study Shows Four-Day School Week May Be Ineffective

A study conducted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education suggests that four-day school weeks may not be as cost effective as previously thought.

- Education Week - US

Donation prevents elimination of Oklahoma science fair

- Education Week - US

Ritenour named executive vice-president, CFO for Devon Energy

Jeffrey L. Ritenour has been named executive vice-president and chief financial officer for Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City.

- OGJ - US

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma deputy.

GUTHRIE, Okla. " A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma deputy.

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

The Latest: Man charged in fatal shooting of Oklahoma deputy

GUTHRIE, Okla. " The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma sheriff's deputy :2:40 p.m.A man suspected of fatally shooting an Oklahoma deputy is now charged with first-degree murder.Online court records...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Man charged with murder in fatal shooting of Oklahoma deputy

MULHALL, Okla. " A man suspected of fatally shooting an Oklahoma deputy is now charged with first-degree murder.Nathan LeForce, 45, was charged Thursday in Logan County with murder, larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery, court...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Clothes, knife found could be linked to body in duffel bag

OKLAHOMA CITY — Investigators have found clothing and a knife that could be linked to the 2011 death of a 19-year-old Oklahoma woman whose...

- Townhall.com - US

Westbrook's 51 not enough for Thunder

Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers on Wednesday night. The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. “It wasn't ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Survivors, family gather for Oklahoma City bombing memorial

OKLAHOMA CITY " Survivors and family members of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing will gather for a remembrance service Wednesday, the 22nd anniversary of the attack.The explosion killed 168 people. It was the deadliest...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded outside a federal office building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring several hundred others.

- UPI - US

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