OU’s baboon breeding program is ending, but the animals will still be bred for medical research

OU’s baboon breeding program has been transferred to the Michale E. Keeling Center near Bastrop, Texas.
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Bill to rename lake named for Tulsa Klansman sinks

SB 937 would have changed the name of Lake Hudson in Mayes County to Lake Markham, in honor of a family that helped settle the area around the Grand River in the 1840s.
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As legislative deadline nears, poultry house regulation bill declared ‘dead’ by author

The bill requiring poultry house setbacks had been assigned to the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, which was scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon. But the meeting was cancelled by the committee's chairman Rep. Dell Kerbs, R-Shawnee, before the bill could be heard.
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State water board approves water quality variance rule opposed by environmental groups

A separate rule that would have lowered the permitted amount of the chemical selenium in most rivers and stream was withdrawn after the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality opposed the stricter requirements.
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Agriculture board sets new poultry house setback rules

The rules, which are less strict than those that had been put out by ODAFF for public comment, must now get the approval of the Legislature and governor.
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Missed connections leave questions in Oklahoma oil worker’s death

Investigators suspected Dennis Mason was killed by toxic vapors from the oil. But they weren't able to prove it, because state medical examiners didn't test Mason's blood for petroleum chemicals
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Grand River Dam Authority plans to build, own and operate multimillion dollar water park on Illinois River

The Walton Family Foundation is offering to pay GRDA for most of the estimated $15.6 to $18 million cost of the proposed whitewater park on the Illinois River in Adair County.
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Legislature to take up set-back requirements for new poultry operations

While one of the bills currently has requirements that are more stringent than those proposed in December by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the other currently has requirements that are much less stringent than those proposed by the department.
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Effort underway to change name of lake named for Tulsa Klansman

State officials first investigated changing the name of Lake Hudson after The Frontier reported on its namesake's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
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Environmental groups tell water board proposal would gut scenic river protections

Meanwhile OWRB staff members said they plan to bring back a set of proposed limitations on more than three dozen toxic chemicals already found or likely to be found in drinking water supplies and fish after abruptly pulling the standards from consideration when an industry-backed group raised technical issues about the proposal.
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