TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that a loophole in federal regulations allows Oklahoma power plants to exceed emissions standards.
The environmental group claims that power plants are permitted to exceed emissions standards during certain phases of operations.
An EPA spokesman tells the Journal Record that the agency is still reviewing the lawsuit.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says the state's total revenue collections are resuming their upward trend despite the impact that low natural gas prices are having on state finances.
Miller released figures on Wednesday that show total collections for April were $1.16 billion, an increase of 7.7 percent over the same month last year. He reported that every major source of revenue was up over the same month a year ago, with the exception of taxes on oil and natural gas production, which dropped by more than 20 percent.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Climatological Survey reports that the average daily temperature from January through April is the warmest on record in the state.
The four month stretch includes the warmest March ever recorded in Oklahoma in records that date to 1895.
Associate state Climatologist Gary McManus says the average daily temperature for the four months was 52.3 degrees — 5.5 degrees above normal — to break the previous record of 51.4 degrees set from January through April 1986.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A recent survey of supply managers suggests growing economic strength in a nine-state region of the Plains and Midwest.
The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.0 in April, compared with 58.6 in March and 58.4 in February.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says in a report released Tuesday that heavy manufacturing continues to be propel economic growth for the region, with export-oriented manufacturers leading the way.
MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma — but officials say there are no reports of injuries or serious damage.
Meteorologist Rick Smith with the weather service in Norman says the tornadoes touched down near Medford in north-central Oklahoma on Monday night. Meteorologist Bart Haaky with the weather service in Tulsa says at least one twister also touched down near Nowata.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A United Nations official plans to visit the University of Tulsa on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from across the region about their concerns and what challenges they face in years to come.
Tribes will meet with James Anaya, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.
Anaya has made several stops in the U.S. in recent weeks and eventually will report his findings to the Human Rights Council. He's also a professor at the University of Arizona.