State Capitol
7:43 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmaker Files Hundreds Of Ethics Complaints

State Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit www.okhouse.gov

A Republican House member has filed hundreds of ethics complaints against candidates and legislators from both parties for allegedly violating various campaign reporting requirements.

Rep. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City filed the complaints on Thursday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. He says fines associated with the violations could total more than $7 million.

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State Capitol
7:25 am
Fri December 6, 2013

State Worker Pay Study Ready For Release

The state employee remuneration study ordered by HB1717 is set to be released Friday, depending on the weather, said John Estus, Office of Management and Enterprise Services public information officer.

Estus said if the weather does not cooperate, the study is set to be released Monday.

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State Capitol
7:13 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Dies

Brenda Reneau

Former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau has died at age 58.

Cornerstone Funeral Home in Muskogee — which is in charge of funeral arrangements — says Reneau died Thursday at her home in Oklahoma City. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Reneau was the first woman elected Oklahoma Labor Commissioner when she was elected in 1994.

Funeral services are incomplete.

Reneau is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Gail Houghton, parents Marjorie and Norman Fallen of Muskogee and brother Kevin Fallen of Oklahoma City.

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Oil and Gas
6:48 am
Fri December 6, 2013

GE Picks Site Near Downtown Oklahoma City For New Oil And Gas Research Center

A rendering shows a new GE technology center near downtown Oklahoma City. Construction is scheduled to begin April 2014.
Credit GE

General Electric has picked a site near downtown Oklahoma City for the home of its new research center focused on the oil and gas industry.

The center is one of nine globally for the company. Former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Mike Ming is the general manager of the GE Oil and Gas Technology Center.

Published reports say the new 95,000-square-foot center will be built at NE 10th and N. Walnut Ave., near the University Research Park.

Ming says the company is in final negotiations with the land's owner, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, OCURA.

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Snow, Freezing Rain Move East To Put A Chill On The Weekend

Snow and ice will hit a broad area from Texas to the Ohio Valley on Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service says. This composite satellite image was taken at 6:15 a.m. ET Friday.
NOAA

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 7:48 pm

(This story was updated at 8:30 p.m. ET)

Wind-whipped freezing rain were moving through large parts of the nation on Friday, with the major winter storm blamed for a traffic death in Dallas and the deaths of four people from hypothermia in California.

The Associated Press says "more than a thousand flights have been canceled, football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations including town tree lightings and parades curtailed."

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The Two-Way
6:07 am
Fri December 6, 2013

World Reflects On The Life Of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela with South African President F.W. de Klerk in May 1990. Mandela died Thursday at 95.
Denis Farrell AP

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 7:18 am

Nelson Mandela, who became an icon of the struggle for racial equality during a decades-long struggle against South Africa's apartheid system, is being remembered across the globe on Thursday following his death at age 95.

Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection, which had been a recurring problem for him since his days as a prisoner of conscience on South Africa's Robben Island. He served 27 years at the notorious jail.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," South African President Jacob Zuma said in an address to the nation.

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StoryCorps
5:53 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Adrift In Frigid Water, Not Caring 'If You Live Or Die'

On a visit to StoryCorps in Ohio, Dennis Hale recounted his experience surviving a shipwreck on Lake Huron to his wife, Barbara.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 9:49 am

It was 1966, and a ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last run of the season, hauling steel across Lake Huron. The crew was eager to head home for Christmas. But one night, caught in a severe storm, the ship broke apart and sank.

Only a few of the crew members made it to a life raft, and only one of them, watchman Dennis Hale, survived.

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
4:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most respected statesmen, died Thursday at 95.
Denis Farrell AP

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 10:57 am

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.

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Winter Storm
3:52 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Oklahoma Under State Of Emergency

Traffic is at a crawl along southbound I-235 just north of the Dallas junction late Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say travel will be particularly dangerous overnight into Friday.
Credit Elizabeth Gwartney

All 77 of Oklahoma's counties are under a state of emergency. Gov. Mary Fallin issued the order Thursday afternoon as icy roads and frigid temperatures moved in to the state.

A statement from the governor's office says emergency managers encouraged Fallin to declare the state of emergency before the full brunt of the storm arrives.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say most of the snow and ice will fall in Oklahoma Thursday night into Friday.

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State Capitol
3:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Former Sen. Leftwich Guilty In Bribery Case

Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Credit Oklahoma Senate

A former Democratic state senator has been found guilty for her role in a bribery scheme and received a one-year suspended sentence.

Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich on Thursday waived her right to a jury trial and was found guilty by District Judge Cindy Truong of accepting a thing of value to withdraw as a candidate for office.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Leftwich will be allowed to appeal her felony conviction based on the defense theory that she was technically not a candidate for office.

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