First National Center in Oklahoma City
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Stymied Sale Of First National Center Could Proceed After Judge Appoints Receiver

It's September in Oklahoma, which is a pretty lousy time to shut off the air conditioner. That's exactly what happened at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City this week. The 84-year-old skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma has been for sale for well over a year, and last week employees and tenants that work in the building started moving their belongings out. On Tuesday, the building's utility company shut off A/C, which affected retail businesses and restaurants on the building's...
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) speaks to an audience Sept 2, 2015 at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
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Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio traveled to Oklahoma City Wednesday to preview his national energy strategy.

The junior Republican Senator from Florida’s plan centers on expanding the oil and gas industry and rolling back regulations championed by President Obama.

As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service her entire life. The IHS clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema — chronic problems, nothing urgent.

Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in her side. Her doctor recommended an MRI and other tests she couldn't get through IHS. To pay for them, he urged her to sign up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Christian Costello at the Oklahoma County Jail Monday after his Sunday arrest for the stabbing death of his father, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
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A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father. 

Christian Costello appeared in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of his father,Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

The 26-year-old Costello said nothing as Hall entered the not guilty plea and appointed the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office to represent him. Hall set a preliminary hearing for Sept. 24.

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.

Oklahoma City Police Car
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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.

Several cartons of Blue Bell Ice Cream in a shopping cart
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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.

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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.

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