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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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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
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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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Oklahoma City Energy FC

A former Oklahoma City soccer coach who was accused in the death of an off-duty police officer in England plans to rejoin the organization after he was cleared of all charges.

The Oklahoma City Energy FC said in a statement Friday that 30-year-old Chris Spendlove has accepted an offer to return to the team. It plays in the USL PRO league. The organization had terminated his contract when the allegations surfaced in December.

State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report.

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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.

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