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People with disabilities unsheltered in tornado alley

Despite experiencing some of the most severe weather events in the nation, there are no state laws requiring storm shelters in Oklahoma. Public shelters have largely been closed leaving people with disabilities without a safe option during storms.

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A Disastrous Disconnect

Kentucky is among the states blocking climate action. As weather gets more extreme, its residents — and U.S. taxpayers — are paying a price.
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Oklahoma dams near expiration dates as scientists predict more extreme weather

At least 30 percent of Oklahoma dams are at the end of their 50-year design life. With climate change expected to bring an increase in heavy precipitation, can they hold up?

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Winter storms to heat waves, how better climate data can make us more prepared

Scientists are getting better data on the earth’s changing climate. Now there’s a push to use the information stream to help us cope with the extremes we know are coming. One leader in this is Oklahoma.

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Group readies endangered species lawsuit to block OKC from pumping water out of river

The Kiamichi River Legacy Association sent a required 60-day notice to city, state, federal and tribal governments that it intends to sue if corrections aren’t made.

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A preview of the big issues StateImpact is watching in 2019

Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest policy issues on deck for the upcoming year and legislative session.

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Governor-elect Stitt picks Pruitt ally for top state energy and environment post

Wagner has close personal and business ties to Scott Pruitt, who ran the EPA until he was forced out in July.

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Conservation groups criticize joint Oklahoma-Arkansas plan for sensitive watershed

Environmental groups want Oklahoma to complete a pollution plan overseen by the EPA, which the backed away from in recent years.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court sides with industry in fight over oil-field water regulation

In a 6-3 ruling, the state’s highest court agreed the state has “exclusive authority” over produced water.

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