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US Geological Survey records small earthquakes in Oklahoma

RED ROCK, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes across northern Oklahoma. No injuries or damage are reported. The largest quake was a magnitude 3.3 temblor at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday near Red Rock, about 70 miles...

 

Long lines help monitor fish at newest Texas artificial reef

PORT O'CONNOR, Texas (AP) — Sometimes, a lab is a boat and fish are the test subjects. The Victoria Advocate reports researchers with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently put out long...

 

14 more Oklahoma lakes have elevated mercury levels in fish

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State environmental officials say elevated mercury levels in fish have been found in 14 more lakes in Oklahoma than last year. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality plans a public meeting for Tuesday to discuss the...

 

Oklahoma officials, others dispute California climate claim

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states have sent two letters to California's insurance commissioner, asking that he stop pressing insurance companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and divest...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 22, 2017

Studies of Oklahoma's largest earthquake included in journal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's largest recorded earthquake affected geological structures both above and below ground last year, but experts caution there still is much that scientists don't know the 5.8-magnitude temblor that struck near Pawnee....

 

Pair of earthquakes rattle parts of Oklahoma

BLANCHARD, Okla. (AP) — Two earthquakes have shaken parts of north and south central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 3.2 quake Saturday morning about 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Blanchard. Earlier Saturday, the...

 

Sizzling heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US

PHOENIX (AP) — A punishing heat wave has arrived in the Southwestern U.S. and brought temperatures that will approach 120 degrees in Arizona — a number not seen in the desert city in more than 20 years. Arizona is seeing the most stifling...

 

10-foot alligator roped, wrangled off East Texas ranch

HAWKINS, Texas (AP) — A Texas rancher lassoed a 10-foot alligator and wranglers crawled atop the thrashing reptile's back after it got a little too close to the landowner's cattle. Bystanders shot video of the recent takedown near Hawkins, a town...

 

3.5 magnitude earthquake shakes parts of northern Oklahoma

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 2:35 a.m. about 12 miles west of Perry in Noble County. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of...

 

President declares disaster after Arkansas severe weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster for Arkansas and ordered federal assistance for areas affected by recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that struck the state in April and May. The federal...

 

2 years of Kansas wildfires could total $100M

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Back-to-back years of record wildfires in Kansas could end up costing as much as $100 million. Kansas Department of Agriculture and Forest Service reports show that damages so far exceed $80 million. That includes roughly $50...

 

27 Kansas counties get federal disaster declaration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration for more than two dozen Kansas counties hit by storms between April 28 and May 3. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some parts of western Kansas....

 

Mapping project tracks challenges coming to Colorado Plateau

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers are working on a mapping project that will chronicle climate change, population growth, oil drilling and other factors in an area that stretches across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The research team...

 

2 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma. The U.S.G.S. reports a 3.4 magnitude quake at 11:41 a.m. Wednesday near Fairview, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma...

 

Several small earthquakes recorded across Oklahoma

LAMONT, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a dozen small earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma during the past few days. No injuries or damage are reported. The largest quake recorded by the agency was magnitude 3.1 near the town of...

 
 By Stan Finger    Regional    June 2, 2017

Tornado warning times decline everywhere except Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A recent decline in the accuracy of tornado warnings is not as alarming as it may appear, weather officials say. Forecasters are doing well with storms that produce strong tornadoes - those that measure EF-2 or higher on the...

 

Oklahoma regulators, scientists track uptick of earthquakes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Recent earthquakes west of Perry, Oklahoma, have state regulators and scientists investigating whether regulatory action is needed in the area. According to U.S. Geological Survey data, the five earthquakes were at depths of...

 

Kickapoo Tribe, Oklahoma City selected for brownfield grants

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and the city of Oklahoma City have been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive grants to assess and clean up contaminated areas for redevelopment. The EPA says the tribe...

 

Kansas researcher: Environmental activism must evolve

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — On the day President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of an international accord designed to curb greenhouse gases, the co-founder of a science research organization in Kansas said that environmental activism needs to evolve. We...

 

Kansas' Flint Hills Nature Trail open for bikers, hikers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — After 16 years of planning, the Flint Hills Nature Trail is open to hikers and bikers, although they might encounter a few rough stretches on a trail that winds through native grasses, wildflowers, trees, bridges and even a...

 
 By Harvey Rice    Regional    May 31, 2017

Some Texans monitor rising sea levels amid hurricane threats

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Lalo Ojeda has lived with hurricanes all his life. The Houston Chronicle reports he was 14 when Hurricane Carla inundated Galveston Island in 1961. He evacuated as Hurricane Rita barreled toward the coast in 2005, then rode...

 

US Geological Survey records 3 small earthquakes in Oklahoma

COVINGTON, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says three small earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma. The agency says a 3.8 magnitude quake was recorded shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday and a 2.4 magnitude temblor struck about 2½...

 

Severe storms packing hail, strong wind likely in central US

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms packing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible over parts of the central United States during the holiday weekend. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says there is a moderate...

 

EPA head says agency looking for Oklahoma pollution source

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency is looking for the source of pollution at a contaminated creek in Osage County. Pruitt, Oklahoma's former attorney general, visited the contaminated...

 

Explosive weekend storms possible in Oklahoma, Arkansas

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say potentially explosive thunderstorms packing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes could develop this holiday weekend over parts of eastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas. The Storm Prediction Center in...

 

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