Oklahoma seeks to be target for booming drone industry

Oklahoma seeks to be target for booming drone industry

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(AP) -- Commonly called drones, unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming more commonplace in Oklahoma as the state positions itself to become a hotbed for this booming sector of the aerospace industry.  

Eighteen Oklahoma-based companies already are actively engaged in the industry, Oklahoma State University has an established graduate program, and the state is competing with about two dozen others to become one of six federally designated test sites for the drone industry. A decision on that location is expected by the end of the month.

But with state government pushing to fill the Oklahoma skies with a wide variety of these buzzing vehicles, some civil rights activists are seeking restrictions on how drones can be used, especially by local law enforcement conducting surveillance.

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