OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed. The Sierra Club joined with several other environmental groups to file the federal lawsuit Thursday in Montana. They say the initial environmental review of the proposed route was completed in 2014 and is inadequate and outdated. Officials with the State Department and TransCanada declined to comment on the lawsuit.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 25-year-old man convicted of dropping a cinder block on a woman's head to "put her out of her misery" after he had slashed her with a machete. The court handed down the decision Thursday to Joshua Andrew Reynolds, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Tulsa County jury in the May 2013 death of 20-year-old Melissa Ann Lemery of Broken Arrow.
DALLAS (AP) - An unsettled weather pattern was shifting from the Southern Plains to parts of the South and lower Ohio Valley, but forecasters say the storms shouldn't be as bad as originally anticipated. The Storm Prediction Center said instability Thursday won't be as great as expected. Forecasters rolled back an ominous outlook and now say the likelihood of several twisters is low. The greatest chance of severe storms is expected from near St. Louis to Indianapolis to Cincinnati to Nashville, Tennessee.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Part of music icon Bob Dylan's once-secret 6,000-piece archive, including thousands of hours of studio sessions, film reels and caches of unpublished lyrics, has opened in Oklahoma. More than 1,000 pieces of the collection spanning Dylan's six-decade career are available to scholars at the Gilcrease Museum's Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa.
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