From Maine to Oklahoma
6:10 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Issue Of Illegal Immigrant Children Being Raised In Governor's Races Country Wide

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The federal government has placed as many as 30,000 minors who have crossed the border illegally with sponsors across the country this year, spurring a wide range of reactions from governors, many of whom are up for re-election this fall.

The issue has dominated gubernatorial races in some Mexican border states, like Arizona, but it has also spilled into political races in states like Maine, where Republican Gov. Paul LePage faces a tough re-election fight in a three-person battle.

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Fallin Fundraiser
4:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie Will Finally Make It To Oklahoma For Fundraiser

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is planning a return trip to Oklahoma after a December ice storm forced him to cancel a scheduled appearance with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate is expected to join Fallin and several executives with independent oil giant Devon Energy for private fundraiser in Oklahoma City Aug. 20 for the Republican Governors Association. The suggested contribution is $25,000.

Christie currently is the chairman of the RGA.

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Wildlife Protection
1:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Bridge Construction Halted To Protect Threatened Catfish

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Work on a $5.8 million bridge project has stopped after federal officials told an Oklahoma county that its construction method could harm a threatened fish species.

The Miami News-Record reports the Ottawa County Commission says work has been halted on the Stepps Ford bridge near Commerce.

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Open Records
10:06 am
Tue July 29, 2014

City Must Pay Law Firm In Oklahoma Dash-Cam Case

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An Oklahoma judge has ruled the city of Claremore owes a law firm more than $41,000 in a public records case relating to dashboard camera video.

A state appeals court ruled in 2013 the videos are public records. The Oklahoma Supreme Court declined later that year to hear an appeal by Claremore officials. The state's highest court also ordered the city to pay attorney's fees as determined by a trial court.

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Energy
9:19 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Inside The State Supreme Court Hearing On Lawsuit Over Oil And Gas Tax Rate

A lawsuit over recently signed legislation that changes state oil and gas tax rates will be heard by the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, a constitutional challenge that could have broad impact on industry and legislative procedure.

I broke down the lawsuit on an Oklahoma News Report segment with OETA’s Dick Pryor, which you can watch above. But there are five things you need to know about today’s hearing, which could hinge on legal subtleties and word interpretations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Oil-Covered Owls Prompt Investigation Of ‘Neglected’ Oil Field Site

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The discovery of two barn oils coated in oil has prompted an investigation of a “neglected” oil field site in northwest Oklahoma.

Both owls died, the Enid News & Eagle reported Tuesday.

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Politics and Government
8:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Registration Deadline For Runoff Primary Election August 1

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Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters have until Friday Aug. 1 to register to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election.

Voter registration forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board's website. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either register in person or mail their registration forms in and have them postmarked by the deadline.

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Politics and Government
7:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Congressman Tom Cole To Host Town Hall Meetings

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK4)
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Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) will host three town hall meetings across the Fourth District of Oklahoma in the month of August.

He invites constituents and members of the press to join him as he speaks in Frederick, Newcastle and Purcell, providing an update on the issues facing the district and answering questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 5 at noon Banc First Conference Center 201 S. Main Street Frederick, OK 73542

Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. Newcastle Community Center 705 NW 10th Street Newcastle, OK 73065

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Open Meetings
7:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Attorney General’s Office Reviews Workers Compensation Commission Agendas, Records

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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The Attorney General’s Office is now conducting a review of the Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

According to published reports, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater launched an investigation July 21 of the newly created Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.  Prater closed that investigation after meeting Friday with the Attorney General’s Office.

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Trial To Last Through Wednesday
7:07 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Trial Over OKC Bombing Videos Begins

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FBI employees have told a federal judge that they thoroughly searched agency archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City heard the testimony Monday in the first day of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by attorney Jesse Trentadue.

He says the FBI won't release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.

The government says McVeigh was alone.

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