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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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A New York high school teacher on a cross-country bicycle trip has died after authorities say he was struck by a car on an Oklahoma highway because the driver was on her phone.

The Oklahoman reports that Patrick Wanninkhof was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday. The 25-year-old and other cyclists were traveling for Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that raises money to build affordable housing.

Robert Bever
Broken Arrow Police Department

First-degree murder charges have been formally filed against two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler's office filed the charges Friday against 18-year-old Robert Davis Bever and 16-year-old Michael John Bever. Court records did not show whether the brothers are represented by an attorney.

Rami Khouri, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Lebanon during the Global Redesign Series: The Middle East G20 Imperative at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East 2009.
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With civil wars raging in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, a wave of radicalization of Tunisian youths, and general political and economic instability throughout the Arab World, the immediate aftermath of the Arab Spring has been violent and chaotic.

But as journalist Rami Khouri points out, solving centuries of political and social problems is a long and imperfect process.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) speak to reporters during a press conference July 30, 2015 after the passage of the long-term transportation bill.
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The U.S. Senate easily passed a six-year highway bill yesterday that promises a huge boost in road and bridge funding for Oklahoma.

The state's senior Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe co-authored the bill with California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. It passed on a 65-34 vote.

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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There’s an interesting side effect of the downturn in energy prices that started late last year – a strong trend in business sales.

After being laid off from the oil and gas sector, many former employees look to something completely different. In a lot of cases they have savings, plus a big severance package, and The Journal Record’s managing editor Adam Brooks says a business can be a good investment, and it’s a good time to buy.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Officials estimate that construction on the planned American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City is still at least two years away from being finished.

An Oklahoma City Council committee on Tuesday also concluded that another year will be needed to install Smithsonian Institution-quality exhibits.

Sample ballots for the June 24 elections in Oklahoma County.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

State officials in Oklahoma and voting rights advocates have announced an agreement to provide more voter registration access toOklahoma citizens and stave off a potential lawsuit over the state's compliance with federal voting laws.

Details of the settlement agreement were released on Thursday by the OklahomaState Election Board and a group that had voiced concerns about Oklahoma'scompliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

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Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate has dropped, with low-income students seeing the largest decline, according to the latest data available from the state Department of Education.

The state’s overall graduation rate was 82.7 percent in school year 2013-2014, down from 84.9 percent in 2012-2013, the data show.

Those are the first two years the state has reported graduation rates using a four-year cohort measure being implemented across the nation. The rate represents the percentage of incoming freshmen who earn a high school diploma within four years.

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