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Gay Tribal Members Not Guaranteed Their Own 'Big Fat Creek Wedding'

The majority of tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage. Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality does not apply. Many gay tribal members are struggling to balance celebration for LGBTQ members across the states and the sting that comes with knowing they may not be able to marry within their own nation. Justin and Cherrah Giles both live in and work for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in northeast Oklahoma. They’ve been married for...
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President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions — some two years in the making — calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change."

Republican calls to defund Planned Parenthood over its alleged handling of fetal tissue for research are louder than ever. But they are just the latest in a decades-long drive to halt federal support for the group.

This round aims squarely at the collection of fetal tissue, an issue that had been mostly settled — with broad bipartisan support — in the early 1990s. Among those who voted then to allow federal funding for fetal tissue research was now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The town council of Boley, Okla. circa 1907 to 1910.
Oklahoma Historical Society

Between the end of the Civil War 150 years ago until the height of Jim Crow in the early 20th century, African-Americans established more than 50 all-black towns across the state. Some lasted only a few years, but a handful of them still exist today.

16-year-old Michael Bever (left), and his brother, 18-year-old Robert Bever (right)
Tulsa County Jail

Two brothers charged with murdering five family members inside their home in suburban Broken Arrow made their first appearance in Tulsa District Court Monday morning.

18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever didn’t attend the hearing, but appeared via a video hookup. Their attorney, public defender Rob Nigh, who has represented high-profile clients in the past, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, was in the courtroom.

A front-end loader places debris into a truck parked along I-35 that will haul the rocks to a nearby quarry.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Late last week the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and two contractors started hauling away more than 28 million pounds of rock debris from the site of a rockslide two months ago along Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

The 14,000 tons of rock from the June 18 collapse will be hauled away over the next several weeks, and ODOT says all lanes of Interstate 35 should be reopened by the end of August.

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The majority of tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage. Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality does not apply.

 

Many gay tribal members are struggling to balance celebration for LGBTQ members across the states and the sting that comes with knowing they may not be able to marry within their own nation.

 

The inaugural 2016 debate for the White House on Thursday will be the first time many voters will be tuning into the volatile GOP campaign, and candidates are praying they'll get a boost and not a bust from the face-off.

"The level of engagement has been very low," said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based national GOP strategist. "This will be a week where we will probably have record viewership on Fox News for a primary debate, and it's going to get a lot of attention and a lot of focus."

Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

Mortar board on a football field as graduates file across the field
Jessie Jacobson / Flickr

In more than half the school districts in Oklahoma, parents interested in knowing the graduation rates of their child’s school or district are out of luck.

The state Department of Education is refusing to release the graduation rates for 58 percent of the state’s public school districts and charter schools, mostly smaller ones. The department says that according to its legal interpretation, doing so would violate a state law meant to protect student privacy.

U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller

The Oklahoma Air National Guard is getting a new aircraft, and a new mission.

A ceremony is planned Saturday at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City to celebrate the arrival of the MC-12W aircraft.

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