Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Study Shows GOP Health Care Plan Could Cost Oklahoma Millions

A Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system shows health care could become unaffordable for many poor Oklahomans and the state could be forced to subsidize health care costs for Native Americans, according to an early analysis of …

Oklahoma, EPA Shut Down 32 Wells Near Newly Discovered Fault Line

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller aftershocks in Oklahoma led to the discovery of a new fault line and stoked fears among some scientists about activity along other unknown faults that could be triggered by oil and gas …

Changing Directions, Oklahoma Eyes Medicaid Expansion

Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do …

NBA’s Thunder Among Groups Opposing Oklahoma Gun Bills

Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state’s business community, including the NBA’s Oklahoma City …

Earthquakes May Be the ‘800-Pound Gorilla’ in Oklahoma Legislature

The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater. That could change …

Oklahoma Governor OKs $1.4M in State Funds for Earthquake Research

Gov. Mary Fallin approved the use of nearly $1.4 million in state emergency funds for state agencies working to reduce the increasing number of earthquakes that have been linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in Oklahoma. Speaking …

Oklahoma Officials Avoid Tough Measures Despite More, Stronger Quakes

In Oklahoma, now the country’s earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they’re feeling on firmer ground though no one …

Hundreds of Oklahomans Turn Out for Earthquake Hearing

Oklahoma residents concerned with a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes called for more regulations on the oil and gas industry on Jan. 15 and urged state leaders to take action to stop the quakes. About 200 people tried …

4.3 Magnitude Quake Knocks Out Power in Central Oklahoma

A strong, 4.3-magnitude earthquake woke many people in the Oklahoma City area early on Dec. 29 and knocked out power to thousands of homes, the latest in a series of temblors that’s prompted state regulators to call for more restrictions …

Oklahoma Disposal Well Plan Expected Following Recent Quakes

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is working to finalize a plan for wastewater disposal well operators to shut down or reduce volume in north-central Oklahoma, which has been rattled by a swarm of earthquakes. Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said the agency’s …