Politics and Government
11:37 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Con Artists Steal Migrant Children Information

Federal Bureau of Investigations
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The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Texas and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars.

Special agent Michelle Lee tells the San Antonio Express-News that information was obtained for children being held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
8:53 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Oklahoma Food Pantries Scrambling To Meet Demand

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
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Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.

Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months — a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.

The Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa, for example, fed a record 600-plus people Wednesday.

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Indian Times
7:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

This Week In Indian Country

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Decision Made On Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government

It’s been a long four plus years for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes - working under two governments, enduring separate court systems and dealing with divisive and competing decisions by local Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials. Compounding these difficulties was the freezing of assets which adversely affected tribally owned casinos, payrolls and tribal programs that served the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

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Will Look At Other States
5:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Fallin Wants Execution Investigation To Consider What Works And What Doesn't

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A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma's recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona.

Spokesman Alex Weintz said Friday that an investigation into Oklahoma's execution should consider what other states have done "both successfully and unsuccessfully."

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Sentenced To 35 Months
4:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sex Offender Fails To Register, Gets Prison Time

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A Haskell man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma says 42-year-old Albert Preston Alexander was sentenced to 35 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

That sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Alexander pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2013.

Authorities say Alexander failed to register and update his registration between May 2013 and Sept. 4, 2013.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court
12:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Lawmaker Is Eligible For District Attorney Job, Court Rules

State Representative and Tulsa County District Attorney candidate Fred Jordan
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Republican state Rep. Fred Jordan of Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County's district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature.

In a 5-1 ruling on Friday, the state's highest court ruled that a provision of the constitution did not apply to Jordan, since he wouldn't become district attorney until after his legislative term ends.

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Appointments
12:24 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Gov. Fallin Makes Pardon And Parole Board Appointment

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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime prosecutor to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board following the death of a board member earlier this month.

Fallin on Friday named Patricia High as one of the governor's three appointments to the five-member board. High will complete the remainder of the term of the late Currie Ballard, who died on July 11.

High was a prosecutor for nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office where she served as a special prosecutor on death penalty cases and was chief of the child abuse and sexual assault division.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:33 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached.

Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate.

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Oklahoma News
7:38 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Interim Studies To Explore Veterans Center Care And Funding

The ODVA's Ardmore Veterans Center.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

State Rep. and gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman wants to examine the quality of care for veterans in Oklahoma.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman approved the interim legislative study by the Rush Springs Democrat and three other bipartisan co-sponsors.

Dorman says state budget cuts and the potential loss of federal matching funds will be key to this fall's study. He plans to ask for testimony from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Oklahoma News
7:42 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

TRS: Investment Returns Excellent, Nonvoting Board Member And Search For A New Executive Director

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The Teachers Retirement System held a board of trustees meeting on Wednesday and reported increased return on investments, implemented a new rule adding a new board members, and continued their search for a new executive director.

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