Politics and Government
5:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants DNA Samples Gathered At Beginning Of Investigations

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An Oklahoma lawmaker says she plans to file legislation to require persons arrested on felony charges to provide DNA samples.

Defendants convicted of certain crimes are already required to provide DNA samples to law enforcement to determine if they can be linked to unsolved crimes.

Republican state Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing said Tuesday she wants authorities to secure DNA samples earlier in the criminal justice process — even before charges are filed.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Appellate Court Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Bans In Idaho, Nevada

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 4:22 pm

Joining three other appellate courts, the 9th Circuit Court on Tuesday struck down gay-marriage bans enacted by Idaho and Nevada.

"We hold that the Idaho and Nevada laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the court.

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Spartan College Of Aeronautics
4:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Aeronautics School Changes Its Teaching Methods

Credit Spartan School Of Aeronautics

A Tulsa aeronautics school is changing how its air-maintenance students learn after seeing the success of a new teaching method in its aviation flight program.

In July 2013, the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology changed its curriculum for the aviation flight program, adopting the "flip-learning style." Under the teaching method, students take quizzes on their assigned homework as soon as they arrive in class for the day. It requires them to study and watch videos and flight simulations before they come to school.

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Environment
1:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cherokee Nation Receives Gift Of Bison From InterTribal Buffalo Council

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The Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah has been gifted a herd of bison and will tend to the animals for the first time since the 1970s.

The tribe announced the award from the InterTribal Buffalo Council on Monday. The 40 animals are excess bison from North Dakota and the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. They will arrive by mid-October.

Those sites combine for about 800 head of surplus bison each year.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

In Gay Marriage's New Landscape, Glee, Confusion And Resistance

Kody Partridge (center right) and her partner, Lauri Wood, kiss at a same-sex marriage celebration Monday in Salt Lake City. The status of gay marriage remains uncertain in Kansas and Wyoming, where officials say no court has ruled on their ban specifically.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 2:41 pm

Same-sex couples are marrying in at least six more states today, after the Supreme Court left in place lower courts' rulings against bans on gay marriage. But couples have been turned away in Kansas, one of several states that share federal jurisdiction with states where bans were lifted.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Reviewing The 4 Gay Marriage Cases The High Court Tacitly Endorsed

Erika Turner (right) and Jennifer Melsop of Centreville, Va., rejoice as they become the first same-sex couple to marry in Arlington County.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 9:52 am

By refusing to review decisions striking down gay marriage bans from three appellate courts across the country, the Supreme Court gave a tacit nod to the legal reasoning in the cases before the courts.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Drought And Conservation Driving Water Contamination In Duncan

Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Duncan’s water supplies are already in bad shape because of the drought. Lake Waurika — Duncan’s main water source — is only about 32 percent full, and city officials are beginning to look toward groundwater as a lake levels continue to drop.

And if it weren’t enough for water supplies to be stretched to their limits, now the water itself is contaminated.

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Politics
8:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Gay Marriage?

People wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington Monday as it begins its new term. The justices cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 7:29 pm

Technically, the Supreme Court Monday did not establish a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. It merely declined an opportunity to rule definitely one way or the other on the question.

But in the not-too-long run, the consequences may well be the same. Because the situation the court created — or acknowledged — will almost surely continue trending in favor of same-sex couples who want to marry.

Conversely, the legal ground is eroding for states that want to stop such marriages or deny them legal recognition.

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The Two-Way
6:16 am
Tue October 7, 2014

5 Questions About The Supreme Court And Gay Marriage In The U.S.

Jennifer Hasler (left) and Karina Tittjung smile after picking up their marriage license at the Oklahoma County courthouse in Oklahoma City Monday. When the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of gay marriage, it opened the door for gay men and women to marry in 11 states, including Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Nick Oxford Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 6:22 pm

On Monday, the Supreme Court surprised many when it refused to enter the contentious debate over gay marriage.

The court left intact decisions by three federal appeals courts that had struck down bans on gay marriage in parts of the South, West and Midwest. Attorneys general in five states asked the court to review those decisions and overrule them. But the court instead stepped back, leaving the lower court rulings intact.

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Politics and Government
11:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Analysis Of The Gubernatorial Debate By eCapitol

Talking to OETA Managing Editor, Dick Pryor, e-Capitol News Director reviews the gubernatorial debate and previews some of the more interesting state senate races in this year’s general election.

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