Oklahoma News

Storm Shelter Permit Applications Rise in Moore, Oklahoma

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla. Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March …

Seasonal Tornado Forecasts Being Developed by Oklahoma Researchers

Weather researchers in Oklahoma are working on a method to develop seasonal tornado forecasts that could predict the likelihood of the severe storms weeks in advance. Harold Brooks, senior research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe …

Bill Banning Local Drilling Rules Passes Oklahoma House

Legislation that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations was approved by the Oklahoma House on April 22, one day after the Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that a swarm of recent …

Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

CNA Appoints Cox as Arkansas, Oklahoma Branch VP

Chicago-based CNA announced it has appointed John Cox as vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches. Cox will be responsible for leading both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA’s customers. He will report to Greg Vezzosi, …

Oklahoma Ridesharing Bill Passes Senate Without Discrimination Protections

A bill that sets up a regulatory framework in Oklahoma for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate, but not before a provision protecting gay and transgender passengers from discrimination was removed. The version of the …

Texting While Driving Ban OK’d in Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving under a bill passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate. The Senate voted 38-6 for the HB 1965, which now returns to the House for consideration. The bill makes …

Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today

States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

Texas Grocery Chain, H-E-B, Others Pull Blue Bell Products

Texas grocery chain H-E-B is pulling all Blue Bell Ice Cream from store shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker’s products that were connected to three deaths in Kansas. San Antonio-based H-E-B, with …

Oklahoma Prescription Drug Database Bill Signed by Governor

Doctors in Oklahoma would be required to check a new prescription drug database before prescribing certain addictive drugs under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. After the Senate voted 35-10 on March 31 for the bill, Fallin …