Cato Institute attorney Adam Bates testifies at a special hearing on civil asset forfeiture at the state Capitol, Sept. 1, 2015. State Sen. Kyle Loveless is seated to the right.
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Lawmakers, Law Enforcement Debate Civil Asset Forfeiture In Oklahoma City, Tulsa

On Tuesday, separate hearings in Oklahoma City and Tulsa examined civil asset forfeiture, and a bill that would make the practice more difficult to carry out. State Sen. Kyle Loveless has introduced legislation that would prevent the seizure of cash or property unless that person is convicted of a crime. Under current law, police, sheriffs, and state troopers only require evidence or suspicion the assets came from illegal activity. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma's legal...
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Houston-based oil giant ConocoPhillips is slashing 1,800 jobs, most of which are in North America. The company says the layoffs amount to 10 percent of its global workforce.

The cuts come at a time when the entire industry is struggling to weather a downturn in global oil prices, which have seen one their most volatile weeks in years.

Ali Velshi, host of Ali Velshi on Target on Al Jazeera America, discusses the layoffs with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved policies for body-worn cameras for the city’s police department. 

The program begins with a three-system “wear test,” and then Oklahoma City police will deploy 100 body-worn cameras for a yearlong trial program.

At the council meeting Tuesday, Chief of Police Bill Citty said the cameras provide an opportunity to improve transparency and confidence in policing procedures.

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Four months after Blue Bell recalled all of its products due to a listeria scare that led to several deaths, the dairy company's suburban Tulsa plant started churning ice cream Tuesday.

“We are humbled by the incredible customer loyalty we have seen, and we thank our customers for their continued patience as we work through the process of resuming production and getting back into stores,” Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse said in a statement.

Cato Institute attorney Adam Bates testifies at a special hearing on civil asset forfeiture at the state Capitol, Sept. 1, 2015. State Sen. Kyle Loveless is seated to the right.
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On Tuesday, separate hearings in Oklahoma City and Tulsa examined civil asset forfeiture, and a bill that would make the practice more difficult to carry out.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless has introduced legislation that would prevent the seizure of cash or property unless that person is convicted of a crime. Under current law, police, sheriffs, and state troopers only require evidence or suspicion the assets came from illegal activity.

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Oklahoma police have shot and killed more people per capita this year than any other state in the nation. In Oklahoma City, fatal officer-involved shootings are on the rise as well, and that’s causing some to question officer training.

In July, four Oklahoma City police officers arrived at a house in the northeast part of the city. They were looking for Andre Williams. Williams was a registered sex offender with a lengthy record, and he had allegedly just raped a woman.

Sister Helen Prejean and actress Susan Sarandon appearing on the August 31 episode of "The Dr. Phil Show."
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A Hollywood actress spoke to a nationwide audience Monday on behalf of an Oklahoma death row inmate.

Susan Sarandon appeared on The Dr. Phil Show and urged Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a 60-day stay for Richard Glossip.

The Oklahoma inmate was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1997 death of Oklahoma City motel owner Barry Van Treese, and is scheduled to die September 16.

Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Michigan are urging leaders in every state to impose state-based sanctions against Iran in response to a nuclear accord between Iran, the U.S. and other nations. 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent a letter Monday encouraging sanctions to prohibit the investment of state assets in Iran.

The U.S. negotiated alongside other nations for nearly two years before finalizing an accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

Dr. Larry Kincheloe speaks at the EXPLORE: Oklahoma Healthcare Summit in Norman on August 13, 2015.
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Oklahoma City’s location as a crossroads positions the metro  as a hotbed for human trafficking activity.

According to a Department of Justice reports from 2003, Oklahoma ranked fourth in the nation for the largest number of trafficking survivors in the United States. The top states were California, New York and Texas.

The intersection of major interstate highways like I-35, I-40 and I-44 means human traffickers move sex slaves and others involved in forced labor through Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of police killings per capita so far this year, according to an analysis by The Guardian.

Oklahoma City police have been a part of seven fatal officer-involved shootings, which is more than any other department in the state in 2015. Officers from the police department in Tulsa -- the state’s second largest city -- haven’t shot and killed anyone in 2015, despite a higher violent crime rate.

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August 30, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

As each semester starts at the University of Oklahoma, I like to introduce the students working at KGOU.

First, let me introduce our paid student staff members. You have heard her voice all summer as the host of the noon newscasts. Sarah Hurd will continue this semester handling a range of on-air and off-air duties, including Assignment Radio.

And returning after a summer break, Cesia Rascon is now the calendar editor, and her work is reflected in the events section of the KGOU web page.

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