Oklahoma News
9:47 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Higher Ed Officials Urged To Work With Lawmakers On The "Guns On Campus" Issue

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The author of an interim study concerning guns on college and university campuses urged higher education officials Wednesday to work with him in finding a middle ground or face the likelihood that weapons would be allowed with few restrictions.

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Politics and Government
9:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Deadline Nearing For Oklahomans Who Want To Vote

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Oklahomans who want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election have until Friday to register to vote.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax reminded potential voters of the upcoming deadline, noting there are numerous high-profile races for state and federal offices, as well as many local elections.

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Oklahoma News
9:27 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

News Organizations Seek Halt To Execution Plans

The old death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Attorneys for two news organizations suing Oklahoma prison officials for preventing reporters from viewing portions of an execution that went awry in the spring are asking a federal judge to stop new state execution protocols from going into effect.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion Tuesday in federal court asking a judge to order prison officials to give the media more access to witness an execution.

The plaintiffs in the case include The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian US newspapers.

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Health
5:42 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Lawmaker Wants Fallin To Declare Health Emergency In State

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A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is asking Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of catastrophic health emergency relating to the Ebola virus.

Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow sent a letter Wednesday to Fallin asking her to use her powers to authorize the state's public health commissioner to quarantine individuals suspected of carrying the virus.

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Oklahoma News
5:37 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

State I.D.'s Made Easier To Get For Same-Sex Couples

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Same-sex couples in Oklahoma may now use a marriage certificate issued either in Oklahoma or another state to change a name on an Oklahoma-issued driver license or identification card.

Wednesday's announcement by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety came after some same-sex couples encountered mixed responses when they went to get driver's licenses this week with their married names.

Capt. George Brown tells the Tulsa World the agency issued guidance to driver's license service employees and to 274 independently-operated tag agencies.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Five U.S. Airports Will Institute New Ebola Screening Procedures

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:32 pm

Five airports across the United States will start screening passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his daily briefing on Wednesday.

Earnest said that as passenger enter the country, their temperature will be taken to make sure they are not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola.

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Dallas Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Has Died

This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola, has died, the hospital where he was being treated said.
Wilmot Chayee AP

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:24 pm

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

Thomas Eric Duncan, the 42-year-old man who contracted Ebola in Liberia and later traveled to Dallas, where he was being treated, has died, hospital officials say.

A statement from the company that runs Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Duncan was in isolation, read:

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State Capitol
7:36 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Oklahoma House Committee Discusses Benefits Of 'Traditional' Marriage

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Students from families in traditional marriages are more likely to excel academically and those from other settings are less likely to do so, the House Human Services Committee was told Tuesday.

But the committee also was told that poverty, more so than marriage, would an indicator of individual success, including within marriages.

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Education
8:34 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Advocates Urge Children Taught About Sexual Abuse

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Supporters of Erin’s Law, a child sexual abuse prevention law adopted by 19 other states, urged members of the House Human Services Committee to back a portion of the law that calls for sexual abuse education for children.

“Child abuse is a problem. It’s a systemic problem. It crosses all social-economic boundaries,” said Carolyn McAllister, a member of the Payne County Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force, said during the committee’s hearing on Interim Study 14H-014. The study was requested by Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing. 

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Oklahoma News
8:11 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Second Day For Gay Marriage Licenses Goes Smoothly

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Court clerks in six Oklahoma counties say the pace of same-sex couples requesting marriage licenses has slowed a bit a day after gay marriage became legal in the state.

Clerks in several counties briefly surveyed by phone Tuesday by The Associated Press also reported no instances where same-sex couples were turned away.

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