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Oil company geologist to talk Okla. earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A geologist with one of the country's largest independent oil producers will talk about the recent uptick in earthquake activity in Oklahoma.

Continental Resources' Vice President of Geology Glen Brown will deliver a luncheon address Wednesday to members of the Oklahoma Geological Society.

Brown theorizes that the increase in seismic activity across the state may be related to larger worldwide earthquakes. He says unusual earthquake activity has been observed in recent years in other states where there is no oil and gas activity.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma has recorded about 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January.

A study published earlier this month in the journal Science suggests water being pumped into wastewater injection wells is responsible for many of the quakes.


Amateur radio enthusiasts hosting event in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Amateur radio operators from across central Oklahoma are gathering this weekend for the 41st annual Ham Holiday event.

The non-profit Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs host the event, which will run Friday and Saturday.

Joel Harrison, the past president of the National Association of Amateur Radio, will be the special guest speaker.

Anyone interested in ham radios is invited to attend.




Okla. legislator doctor wants minors quarantined

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined.

Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow said Tuesday he wants the federal government to provide documentation that all of the children at Fort Sill have been medically screened and don't pose a health risk.

More than 860 minors are currently being housed at the southwest Oklahoma Army post near Lawton.

During a media briefing at the facility earlier this month, a U.S. Public Health Service official said all the children there had been medically screened.

In a letter to Ritze on Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin says she doesn't believe the current health concerns at Fort Sill have met the threshold for quarantine.


Heat advisory issued for much of state

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through late Wednesday for much of the state as stifling heat and humidity continue to affect Oklahoma this week.

An excessive heat warning is in effect also until late Wednesday for Tulsa County, where temperatures are expected to climb into the high 90s.

Heat index values in all of the affected areas will make it feel like it is between 105 degrees and 110 degrees.

Forecasters say people exposed to the extreme heat for a prolonged period of time may get sick.

People who work or spend time outside are being advised to take extra precautions, such as rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

People should also wear light, loose-fitted clothes and drink plenty of water.


34 OSBI agents graduate investigative academy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thirty-four agents are graduating from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Advanced Investigative Academy.

The agents graduated Tuesday from the academy.

Agents hired since 2007 attended the six-week academy to learn advanced skills in areas such as blood stain pattern analysis, investigative interviewing and advanced interrogation techniques and crime scene investigations.

The Bureau planned an academy a few years ago, but budget constraints would not allow for it.

The agents are assigned to regions across the state. Six officers from police departments and sheriff's offices are also graduating from the academy.


Okla. AG says health care ruling bolsters case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's attorney general says a decision by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., against a provision of the federal health care law bolsters the state's lawsuit that challenges a similar provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 decision on Tuesday that the law authorizes health care subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states - not by the federal government.

Oklahoma is one of 36 states that did not establish its own exchange, and instead residents purchased coverage through a federal exchange.

Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a pending lawsuit in federal court in Muskogee that challenges an IRS rule on the subsidies and the assessment of tax penalties.

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