Oklahoma News
5:09 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Right To Try Bill Passes Senate Health Committee

Credit KellyK / Flickr Creative Commons

Legislation that would give terminally ill patients in Oklahoma access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been approved by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-0 Monday to send the measure to the full Senate for a vote. It has already been approved by the state House.

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Oklahoma News
4:26 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Federal Suit Alleges Transgender Discrimination At SOSU

Seal of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school in Durant discriminated against a transgender professor and then fired her after she complained.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City, the department alleges the university denied assistant professor Rachel Tudor a promotion despite a recommendation from her department chair and other tenured faculty from her department.

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2:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

SAE National President Criticizes Boren In Facebook Post

In the post, which has since been deleted, Sigma Alpha Epsilon national president Brad Cohen noted that there is a difference between formally learning a racist chant and hearing and repeating such a chant. He called Boren's statements during the press conference "inflammatory and self serving."
Sigma Alpha Epsilon national president Brad Cohen posted a Facebook status criticizing comments made about national organization by OU President David Boren during a press conference Friday. In the post, Cohen noted that there is a difference between formally learning a racist chant and hearing and repeating such a chant.
Oklahoma News
1:37 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Colorado Attorney General Comments On Marijuana Lawsuit

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Colorado's attorney general says the Nebraska and Oklahoma lawsuit that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says if the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the two states that border Colorado, the decision would take away the regulatory system that Colorado has built, while leaving the vote to legalize marijuana intact.

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Law; Paper Weighs In With Full Page Editorial

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (left) and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, both Republicans, discuss their plans for clarifying the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a news conference today at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:19 pm

Update, 11:17 p.m. ET

The Indianapolis Star's editorial board is weighing in on the matter, rather loudly, in tomorrow's edition.

Update, 8:55 p.m. ET:

Two Democrat-dominated state governments, Connecticut and Washington state, joined the boycott against Indiana on Monday.

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U.S.
8:45 am
Mon March 30, 2015

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Cushing, Okla., is a major oil storage site. Amid record oil production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:16 am

Never before has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer.

But there has been some concern that the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. Some analysts speculate that could spark another dramatic crash in oil prices.

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Health
7:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Study Finds Kingfisher County Healthiest In Oklahoma, Jefferson County Unhealthiest

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new study of county health rankings lists Kingfisher County as the healthiest in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher County snagged the top ranking thanks, in part, to its low rates of smoking, child poverty and single-parent families.

It’s also seen its unemployment rate decline to 3.3 percent since 2010.

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Education
6:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Bill Keeps Oklahoma Teachers From Paying Union Dues Through Payroll Deduction

Mark Twain Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Clarke staples together work from two of her second-grade students in this 2013 photo.
Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma school districts won’t be able to automatically deduct teachers’ union fees from their paychecks if Gov. Mary Fallin signs a bill that was passed by the Senate last week. The legislation has drawn the ire of educators and some Republicans.

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Corrections
11:49 am
Sun March 29, 2015

In Prisons, Fewer Therapy Sessions For The Mentally Ill

Dr. Janna Morgan, who directs the mental health services unit for the Corrections Department, has had to travel to prisons to conduct therapy sessions herself because of a shortage of mental-health staff.
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

Despite rising numbers of mentally ill prisoners, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has slashed by nearly half its group therapy programs and pared back individual therapy for inmates, resulting in fewer offenders receiving preventive treatment.

The department’s psychologists, psychiatrists and related staff members instead are focusing on crisis intervention, reacting to things like suicide attempts and erratic or violent behavior.

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Manager's Desk
6:15 am
Sun March 29, 2015

We Are Half-Way To The Goal of $180,000!

March 29, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

We are now in the third week of our non-traditional fundraiser. This is actually rather exciting because this is something different, and it seems to be working. We are halfway to our goal of $180,000. And when we reach the goal, this fundraising effort is over!

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