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  • Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in...

  • US places 5 countries on trade monitoring list

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has placed five countries — China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan — on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States. The action was disclosed in a report the...

  • Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background...

  • First drug for delusions in Parkinson's patients approved

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder. The drug from Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the first drug for the condition, which...

  • Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress headed out of Washington on Friday, accomplishing relatively little in a short work period and missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis. It left few clues about how lawmakers, when they return next month, would address...

  • First widely-available Zika test OK'd for emergency use

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first commercial test for Zika virus has been granted emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week. The Food and Drug Administration gave the authorization Thursday to test developer Quest Diagnostics, which said it could be available to doctors early next...

  • Appeals court: Amtrak can't have regulatory role

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has once again ruled that Congress can't give Amtrak power to impose rail standards on other private railroads. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday it is unconstitutional to give a "self-interested" company...



State Political Coverage


  • Schools, students expect tuition hikes

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Students can expect to pay more next fall to attend Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities following $112 million in cuts to higher education this fiscal year and expected future cuts.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 30

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 30, 2016

  • Council says new Oklahoma license plates would improve safety

    From Staff reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Dave Koeneke, director of the nonprofit council, said he wants Oklahoma to issue new license plates to improve safety and increase compliance of insurance and vehicle registration laws.

  • '89er Day parade excludes Indian history, protesters say

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Reports jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The organizers of Norman's '89er Day Parade say it will be renamed next year in response to concerns expressed by indigenous people that its current name implies celebration of the Land Run. A group representing American Indians plans a peaceful protest.

  • Oklahoma governor vetoes vaccination bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Oklahoma House Bill 3016 would have required doctors to give parents written material about vaccinations at the time children receive these injections.

  • Cornett's development event to feature Louisville mayor

    William Crum | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer is lined up to deliver a keynote address at the 15th annual Mayor's Development Roundtable next month. Fischer is a past chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Metro Economies Committee and will talk about "Transformation Through Vision." Related...

  • Board OKs reductions that will limit mental health care access

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board approved cuts Thursday that limit how much therapy Medicaid members can receive. The board also approved provider rate cuts to behavioral health professionals.



Politics articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman


  • Secretary of State heads to Switzerland for talks on Syria

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Switzerland this weekend for urgent talks on Syria. His trip comes amid escalating violations of a fragile truce around the city of Aleppo. The State Department says Kerry would leave Sunday for Geneva, where he would hold meetings...

  • Supreme Court trying to find its way after Scalia

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight? The answer varies with the issue. But arguments last week in the corruption case against a former Virginia governor...

  • Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in...

  • 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response...

  • Schools, students expect tuition hikes

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Students can expect to pay more next fall to attend Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities following $112 million in cuts to higher education this fiscal year and expected future cuts.

  • Council says new Oklahoma license plates would improve safety

    From Staff reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Dave Koeneke, director of the nonprofit council, said he wants Oklahoma to issue new license plates to improve safety and increase compliance of insurance and vehicle registration laws.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 30

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 30, 2016

  • '89er Day parade excludes Indian history, protesters say

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Reports jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The organizers of Norman's '89er Day Parade say it will be renamed next year in response to concerns expressed by indigenous people that its current name implies celebration of the Land Run. A group representing American Indians plans a peaceful protest.

  • Oklahoma governor vetoes vaccination bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Oklahoma House Bill 3016 would have required doctors to give parents written material about vaccinations at the time children receive these injections.

  • US: China rejects Hong Kong port call by US aircraft carrier

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China recently denied a request from a U.S. aircraft carrier for a port visit in Hong Kong, the State Department said Friday, in an apparent sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Philippine counterpart visited the...

  • US places 5 countries on trade monitoring list

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has placed five countries — China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan — on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States. The action was disclosed in a report the...

  • Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background...

  • First drug for delusions in Parkinson's patients approved

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder. The drug from Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the first drug for the condition, which...

  • Republicans beginning to make peace with Trump as nominee

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They thought it was impossible. Some still fear it. Others can barely believe it. But leading Republicans are beginning to accept the idea that Donald Trump will be their party's presidential nominee. In the wake of the businessman's commanding wins in five Eastern states this...

  • Senior Pentagon official criticizes House Benghazi probe

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Pentagon official criticized the House Republican-led investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, saying the panel has made a "crescendo" of costly, duplicative and unnecessary requests, including some based on claims made on Facebook or talk radio....

  • Cornett's development event to feature Louisville mayor

    William Crum | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer is lined up to deliver a keynote address at the 15th annual Mayor's Development Roundtable next month. Fischer is a past chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Metro Economies Committee and will talk about "Transformation Through Vision." Related...

  • Board OKs reductions that will limit mental health care access

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board approved cuts Thursday that limit how much therapy Medicaid members can receive. The board also approved provider rate cuts to behavioral health professionals.

  • Boathouse District park promises to make Oklahoma City a destination for river sports

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Oklahoma City's new whitewater rafting and kayaking park officially opens to the public next week. Events will include U.S. Olympic Trials and the Team USA "Road to Rio" tour featuring athlete meet-and-greets and virtual-reality sports simulations.

  • VW and Shell try to block EU push for electric cars

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    VW and Shell have united to try to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead. The EU is planning two new fuel efficiency targets for 2025 and 2030 to help meet promises made at the Paris climate...

  • Oklahoma governor signs civil asset forfeiture law

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 1113 that says judges can award attorney fees to people who contend their assets have been unjustly seized by law enforcement.



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