Oklahoma landowners sue over wind farm plan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Seven central Oklahoma landowners have filed a federal lawsuit against several companies planning wind farms.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Oklahoma Wind Action Association names several companies associated with Apex Clean Energy Inc., requesting protection from the loss of use and value of land. Those involved in the lawsuit are also concerned about health and safety.
The Virginia-based company plans to construct a 300-megawatt project in northern Canadian County and southern Kingfisher County.
Terra Walker, an Okarche landowner involved in the lawsuit, says studies show people within three miles of a wind farm can suffer from health effects. She says litigation is the only option because there aren't any regulations.
Kent Dougherty, director of development for Apex, told The Oklahoman he couldn't comment on the lawsuit.
Police: Bodies found in Oklahoma City home
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police say they have found two bodies in a southwest Oklahoma City home.
A neighbor told police Wednesday evening the occupants hadn't been seen in a while. Their genders and ages have not been determined. Their causes of death are also under investigation.
Police also found cats inside the home.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Oklahoma City to keep spraygrounds open longer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kids, rejoice: The spraygrounds in Oklahoma City will stay open for another month.
Typically, the outdoor play areas with sprinklers close on Labor Day, but Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation officials said Thursday that they'll remain open longer because of hot temperatures in the forecast.
The city says the spraygrounds will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 28.
The city offers 16 spraygrounds that are open to the public.
CREEK NATION-FOOD CENTER
Groundbreaking event for food distribution center
COWETA, Okla. (AP) - The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is breaking ground on a new 7,900-square-foot food distribution center in Coweta.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the construction site next to the Coweta Indian Health Center.
The Koweta Food Distribution Center will serve more than 300 tribal citizens in need of nutritional assistance. The program services low-income Native American households and is an alternative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
This will be the tribe's third food distribution center. The other two are located in Okmulgee and Wetumka.
OKLAHOMA JOE'S-NAME CHANGE
Famous barbecue restaurant dropping Oklahoma name
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The well-known Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que restaurant is changing its name to reflect that it has no ties to Oklahoma.
The restaurant, which has three locations in the Kansas City area, will be known as Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que by the end of the year.
The restaurant has made several national lists of best barbeque stops. It has attracted celebrity diners and recently served about $1,400 worth of food to Air Force One when President Barack Obama was in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports the business started in Oklahoma but hasn't had a restaurant in that state for 17 years.
Co-owner Jeff Stehney says the company is proud of its roots but the name change reflects where it has been based for nearly two decades.
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