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Oklahoma Woman Killed in Attack by Pack of Small Dachshund Dogs

Oklahoma Woman Killed in Attack by Pack of Small Dachshund DogsTracy Garcia, 52, died after being attacked by seven dogs



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The Latest: Troopers hit in Oklahoma shootout leave hospital

The Latest: Troopers hit in Oklahoma shootout leave hospitalTALIHINA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of several Oklahoma troopers who were serving a warrant in southeast Oklahoma (all times local):



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LGBTQ Groups Call New Oklahoma Adoption Law Discriminatory

LGBTQ Groups Call New Oklahoma Adoption Law DiscriminatoryA new "faith-based" adoption law signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday



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Oklahoma man convicted in 5 killings awaits sentencing

Oklahoma man convicted in 5 killings awaits sentencingTULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 19-year-old Oklahoma man convicted in the fatal stabbings of five family members could learn Friday whether a jury thinks he should spend the rest of his life behind bars.



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Oklahoma wildfires kill hundreds of cattle, blacken pastures

Oklahoma wildfires kill hundreds of cattle, blacken pasturesWind-driven wildfires that began in mid-April, fueled by severe drought, have killed hundreds of cattle and destroyed more than 300,000 acres in Oklahoma, authorities said on Monday. Oklahoma has been grappling with several wildfires this month, including the Rhea Fire in the western part of the state. Oklahoma’s governor, Mary Fallin, recently issued a state of emergency for 52 counties due to the wildfires that blackened close to 350,000 total acres – an area roughly equal to half the size of Rhode Island.



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200,000 acres burned in deadly Oklahoma wildfires

200,000 acres burned in deadly Oklahoma wildfiresAn outbreak of wildfires has most of Oklahoma under a state of emergency, and about 1,400 people have been forced from their homes. CBS News correspondent David Begnaud is in Vici, where the flames have burned farms and killed cattle.



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Hunter burned, homes evacuated in Oklahoma wildfires

Hunter burned, homes evacuated in Oklahoma wildfiresOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma turkey hunter was found alive but badly burned Friday after spending the night trapped by one of two wildfires raging in northwestern Oklahoma that forced about 1,400 people from their homes.



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Latest: Oklahoma wildfires force evacuation of 1,400 people

Latest: Oklahoma wildfires force evacuation of 1,400 peopleWOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in northwestern Oklahoma (all times local):



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'Momentum is on our side,' Oklahoma teachers union leader declares with strike in ninth day

'Momentum is on our side,' Oklahoma teachers union leader declares with strike in ninth dayBy Heidi Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma teachers carried their walkout over school funding and higher pay into a ninth day on Tuesday as the Republican party governor signed school revenue bills that fell short of their demands. Schools in the state’s largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, were shut on Tuesday and planned to close on Wednesday. A non-partisan poll released on Friday showed 72 percent of voters in Oklahoma, where teacher’s pay is near the bottom among U.S. states, supported the walkout.



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This week's earthquake cluster is the new normal in Oklahoma. Here's why.

This week's earthquake cluster is the new normal in Oklahoma. Here's why.A cluster of earthquakes hit Oklahoma over the past few days, unsettling thousands of the state's residents. As of 11 a.m. ET Monday the U.S. Geological Survey says that 2,274 people reported feeling a 4.3 magnitude quake Sunday night. There have been at least 16 noticeable earthquakes (above 2.5 in magnitude) observed by the Geologic Survey since Friday, April 6. While nerve-rattling, the quakes are normal for the area — at least since 2009. That's when the problematic quakes began, Jeremy Boak, Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said in an interview.  SEE ALSO: Hey, how about we helicopter grizzly bears into this remote National Park? "It's not out of the ordinary," said Boak. "In the frame of what’s been going on, it’s normal." Oklahoma's dramatic rise in quakes has been stoked by oil and gas extraction activity in the region.  There have been 8 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 4.6 between Perry and Covington in northern Oklahoma in the past 24 hours. The latest, having a preliminary magnitude of 4.6, occurred at 7:16 CDT this morning. #okquake t.co/JwfpIrHgSb pic.twitter.com/UbqUwya6jX — USGS in Oklahoma (@USGS_Oklahoma) April 7, 2018 This quake activity — associated with the "fracking revolution" that has also propelled historically high U.S. oil exports — comes in two forms. The first is fracking itself, an oil extraction process more formally known as "hydraulic fracking." Broadly, this means injecting millions of gallons of water, sand, and a small percentage of chemicals into a deeply-drilled hole. This breaks apart rocks to release oil deposits, sometimes creating earthquakes. But most Oklahoma quakes aren't caused by fracking itself, but by a secondary process called "wastewater injection." After water is used to fracture apart rocks thousands of feet below, it comes back up as "wastewater," and is usually injected back into the ground nearby (the mixture has to go somewhere). Water is extremely heavy, so, this can put pressure on deep-lying faults. And if enough pressure is applied to these cracks in the Earth's crust, they'll rupture and move, causing sizeable quakes.  While a U.S. Geologic Survey spokesperson said it's too early to officially confirm the cause of the northwestern Oklahoma earthquake burst, Boak said it's almost certainly due to wastewater injection. That's the common cause of quakes in this part of northwestern Oklahoma, and generally, has been the prevailing story for years. Earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or higher measured in Oklahoma as of July 2017.Image: U.S. Geologic survey But, overall, earthquakes have been on the decline in Oklahoma since the especially rattling years of 2014, 2015, and 2016.  The year 2015 saw nearly 900 quakes of 3.0 or higher in Oklahoma (around 2.5 or above is noticeable to most people). For perspective, before 2009, Oklahoma usually recorded one or two quakes of 3.0 magnitude or higher each year. By 2015, earthquake activity peaked for a time at around 4 and a half quakes each day, Boak previously said.  But this year, Boak expects around 200 noticeable quakes to occur in Oklahoma. This recent cluster of quakes, then, is "part of the continuing pattern which in general is declining," he said. There are two major reasons for the decline, said Boak. One is the falling price of oil. This means that oil and gas extraction isn't quite as lucrative as it once was a few years ago (it's a famously boom and bust industry). Accordingly, there's a bit less fracking activity. Oklahoma resident Lisa Griggs believes cracks in her home have been caused by Oklahoma's manmade earthquakes.Image: The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe second reason is mandatory state requirements that oil and gas companies find ways to reduce quaking. The rattled citizens of Oklahoma made quite clear to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the gas industry, that the quakes must stop — or at least be limited. "We needed to shut this down and it actually appears to have worked," said Boak. Oil and gas companies accomplish this reduction in a variety of ways, which includes stopping wastewater injections when seismic activity begins. As for Boak, he has still yet to feel one of Oklahoma's big quakes — even though he studies them. He's too far south of most the activity, in the quieter confines of Norman, Oklahoma.  "I’ve never had the privilege of feeling one of the Oklahoma earthquakes," he said.  WATCH: Scientists found a weird galaxy without dark matter



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