Wyandotte Nation
4:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Is The Interior Department Too Slow?

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A federal judge has ordered an Oklahoma tribe to show cause why the court shouldn't dismiss the last remaining claim in their lawsuit seeking to build a casino on suburban Wichita land.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Wednesday gave the Wyandotte Nation until July 19 to make its pleading.

The Interior Department has notified the court that it rejected the tribe's application to take the land into trust so the tribe can build a casino there.

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Environment
1:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Gov. Fallin Criticizes EPA For Cutting Fire Department Vehicle Agreement

Credit Office Of The Governor

Governor Mary Fallin added her voice to the Oklahoma lawmakers who oppose the discontinuation of a program that supplies vehicles to rural fire departments. Fallin wrote a letter Wednesday to an administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency criticizing the discontinuation. 

"The decision to terminate this successful program was clearly made without thought to the adverse effects to local firefighting efforts and the ability to protect the lives and property of our citizens," Fallin said. 

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Here & Now
12:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought

Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record. (Justin Cozart/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:48 pm

Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record – worse than the dustbowl days of the ’50s. It started in 2010, and climatologists don’t see it letting up any time soon.

As city manager Darron Leiker explains, the city has taken a series of aggressive measures to cope.

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Politics
10:17 am
Wed July 9, 2014

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 6:28 pm

It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.

Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.

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Education
7:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Full Supreme Court To Hear Common Core Challenge

Oklahoma's Supreme Court Justices
Credit Oklahoma State Courts Network

The full Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of a new law that repealed Oklahoma's adoption of the Common Core curriculum standards and requires the state Board of Education to draft new standards that the Legislature would have the power to change as it sees fit.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of parents, teachers and members of the State Board of Education. The group's petition alleges that HB3399 is unconstitutional because of several reasons. The allegations are that the Oklahoma Constitution vests the State Board of Education with authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" and that the Legislature has inserted itself into the legislation, and that the law violates the principal of separation of powers.

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Elections
6:09 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Democrats Will Appear First On Ballot In November

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The names of Democratic candidates will appear first on the ballot in November's general election in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax announced the ballot order Tuesday following the results of a drawing held at the state Capitol. State law requires the selection process be held every two years to determine the order of the party candidates on the ballot. Representatives from both parties observed the drawing at the Oklahoma Election Board's office.

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Majority of states see rise in costs
4:15 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Prison Health Care Costs Less In Oklahoma

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While the vast majority of states in the U.S. have seen prison health care costs climb sharply in recent years, a new national study shows Oklahoma is one of the few states bucking that trend.

A report on state spending on prison health care released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows Oklahoma is among ten states where the per-inmate spending declined from 2007 to 2011. Oklahoma had the lowest per-inmate cost in the country in 2011 at $2,558, a decline of 17 percent from $3,071 per inmate in 207 spending.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas, on June 18. The White House on Tuesday sought $3.7 billion to deal with the immigration crisis at the border.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:12 pm

Update at 3:33 p.m. ET

The White House said it's asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address the humanitarian crisis along the border with Mexico.

The statement said the funds would cover domestic enforcement, repatriation and reintegration of migrants, transportation costs, additional immigration judges, prosecutors and litigation attorneys to "ensure cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible."

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Oklahoma News
10:04 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleveland County To Demolish Former Jail Building

The Cleveland County Detention Center in downtown Norman
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Cleveland County commissioners say the former county detention center will be demolished this fall.

The Norman Transcript reports that the former jail site will likely be used for parking while a facilities study is completed. The county's new $26 million jail opened in January 2012.

The building opened in 1984 but was closed two years ago after a new detention center was built. Since then, the building had been used as a temporary holding facility for inmates who were transported to the courthouse for hearings.

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Immigration
8:25 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Decries Restrictions On Reporter Tour Of Fort Sill Facility

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

An Oklahoma congressman is criticizing a proposed media tour of a facility at Fort Sill where hundreds of mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America are housed.

Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine is calling on reporters to reject Thursday's proposed tour because the invitation says no questions will be allowed and recording devices are prohibited.

Bridenstine — a first-term congressman from Tulsa — said in a statement Monday that the stipulations violate the First Amendment.

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