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This is What Ten Years of Oklahoma Earthquakes Sounds Like

Years worth of data transformed into a unique soundtrack of increasingly frequent seismic activity affecting the Sooner State.

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Over the last several years, Oklahoma has seen a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes rocking the Sooner State. According to one study, Oklahoma’s seismic activity leaped an astonishing four thousand percent between 2008 and 2013, due, the study concludes, to hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of ground oil collection, or as it’s more commonly known: “Fracking.” While the exact nature of the relationship between fracking and earthquakes is one which science is still struggling to define (questions of proportionality, predictability, and perhaps most importantly, prevention, still linger), there is no doubt that something serious is happening underneath Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma State Bans Oklahoma Towns From Banning Fracking

An 80-year-old staute allowing local control of drilling was just overturned by state legislators.

Mixing water with hydraulic fracturing fluids to be injected into the ground. Image by Joshua Doubek via Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma residents have been looking for ways to protect themselves after an alarming and unprecedented number of earthquakes—widely believed to be a direct result of oil and gas drilling operations—have rocked the state over the last year. But now, Reuters reports, state lawmakers are finalizing legislation to actually block towns and cities from enacting their own local bans or regulations on drilling activity.

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Oklahoma Anti-Gay Bill Hits Snag With Dem. Representative’s Ingenious Amendment

State Rep. Emily Virgin thinks businesses that plan on refusing service to gay customers should come right out and say so.

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“They don’t have a right to be served in every single store. People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions"

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Teachers Are Awesome: Educators as Heroes in Oklahoma Tornado

Teachers in Moore threw their bodies over their students to rescue them. They deserve our gratitude.

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With dozens of fatalities and hundreds injured, a day after a tornado obliterated Moore, Oklahoma, it's easy to understand why Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin said that our "hearts are broken." Yet what gives us hope in the aftermath of tragedies like this are the heroic stories of everyday people going above and beyond to save lives. In particular, those teachers from two elementary schools in Moore, Plaza Towers and Briarwood, gave their all to protect their students.

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Where Is Four Loko Banned?

Four Loko is finally drawing the attention of the authorities. Where can you still get it?

Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic beverage that is putting people in the hospital around the country, is finally drawing the attention of the authorities. This is where it is banned, or will be banned. If you're interested in (responsibly) experimenting with it, avoid these states.

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