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  • SQ 777 and the OK Pork Cou...

    Oklahoma Pork Council – top contributions, donors & recipients As many Oklahomans are aware, the Oklahoma Pork Council PAC has been leading the charge to pass the ALEC-sponsored State Question 777– the so-called “Right to Farm” bill. What many residents may not realize is just how much money the Pork Council has been pouring into the campaign coffers of state legislators, both...

    Less than 6 months into 20...

    In less than six months, the Norman Police Department has seized more than $108,000 in cash, weapons, vehicles and other assets related to drug and weapons investigations.  The year-to-date total revenue for seizures for Fiscal Year 2016 stands at $175,954. Most of the cases are marijuana related. A Norman Leaks investigation confirmed that only 8 of recorded incidents from June 2015 to present were tied...

    FBI alerted local law enfo...

    Emails from an Open Records Act request reveal that in October 2015, an FBI “master bomb technician,” Barry T. Black sent out a mass email to local law enforcement agencies alerting them to a peaceful protest. The protest action was organized by members of the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance. Download (PDF, 50KB) Two GPTSR members are facing charges of engaging in a terrorism hoax because...

    Plains Pipeline’s Fl...

    On Monday June 20, Plains All American Pipeline asked to delay a City of Norman hearing on their floodplain permit application.  The flood plain permit is a requirement of the City of Norman’s Flood Hazard Ordinance which regulates pipeline crossings for waterbodies. Comments from the committee members were sparse.  However several members of the public asked questions of Plains Representative Derek...

    UPDATE: Norman Storm Water...

    Last week, city staff and council members received an email announcement from Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and Mayor-elect Lynne Miller on the latest proposals for the much-debated storm water utility rate increase.  Members of the public have not had access to these documents until now. Council will finalize ballot language at the Tuesday June 7 meetings. A City Council study session at 4:00 PM will be followed...

    FROM THE NL ARCHIVES: Drug...

    Norman Drug War Foibles. In February 2012, an undercover Norman narc’s controlled buy went wrong. As a result, subject made off with $700.00 in cash from an officer attempting to purchase 2 ounces of marijuana in a controlled buy. Subject was evidently hip to the game.  Made off with the cash and, according to officer’s affidavit “failed to deliver” said product. Unable to...

    UPDATE: Plains Pipeline of...

    Plains Pipeline Suing Oklahoma Residents in Eminent Domain Cases Since July 2015, Plains All American Pipeline LP has brought nearly 100 Eminent Domain lawsuits against Oklahoma residents related to their Red River II Pipeline project. 40 of those lawsuits were filed in Cleveland County.  20 were filed in Garvin County, 20 in Lincoln County, and another 11 in Love County. The latest case was filed against...