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When it comes to safety in the workplace, the State of Oklahoma has been given a grade of F. The failing grade, delivered by the National Safety Council, sent shockwaves through the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

As The Oklahoman reports, the finding received harsh criticism from State Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston.


In an increasingly complex world, people want to make sure their communities are safe. To that end, the personal-financial website WalletHub has compiled a list ranking states in order of safety—and the High Plains put in a rather poor showing.

Not a single state in the HPPR listening region appeared in the top half of states when it comes to safety. Colorado performed the best among HPPR states, falling at number 29 on the list.

The Rural Blog

High Plains residents can be grateful, for once, about our dearth of trees and lakes.

According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Labor, logging is far and away the most dangerous occupation in America. Fishing is the second most dangerous job.

Oklahoma and Texas residents are among the worst drivers in the US, according to a new study. As reports, the Lone Star State has the ninth worst drivers in America. Meanwhile, Oklahoma fared even worse, ranking third.

Texas has the highest percentage of deaths coming from drunk drivers, at 40%.

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Nearly three years ago in the Central Texas town of West a fertilizer plant exploded. Fifteen died and more than 260 others were injured in the explosion. The proximity of the plant to homes and schools contributed to the widespread damage and death caused by the blast. Now, according to The New York Times, a lack of regulation is putting other communities at risk of disaster.

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As CNN reported this week, a 31-year-old woman was struck and killed by lightning while hiking on Mount Yale this week.

Here is a reminder of NOAA's guidelines for lightning safety.

If you're indoors:

Fireworks Safety Tips

Jun 30, 2013

The Fourth of July is Thursday.  Many will celebrate Independence Day with friends, family, and fireworks.