Business and Economy
10:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

A Billion Dollar Month For State Government

State government made a lot of money in the month of September.  State Treasurer Ken Miller reports gross receipts topped $1 billion which set a new record. 

That is more than 8% above what the state brought in for the same month a year ago and Treasurer Miller says it, "indicates healthy (economic) expansion in Oklahoma."

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Oklahoma News
7:18 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Gay Marriage In Oklahoma Begins And Some Varied Reactions

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The process of the first same-sex couple to marry in Cleveland County started with a squeak – the sound of the official stamp on a marriage license.

Kristen and Heather Dickey are now the first same-sex couple to marry in Cleveland County. The two have been together for over a decade, but Kristen Dickey says holding an official marriage license is pretty surreal.

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:17 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Plaintiffs Marry In Tulsa

Mary Bishop
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The plaintiffs in a gay marriage lawsuit in Oklahoma have married during a ceremony on the steps of the Tulsa County Courthouse.

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin were married late Monday afternoon before dozens of friends, family members and supporters. Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Judge Jane Wiseman officiated the ceremony.

Bishop and Baldwin were the lead plaintiffs who challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, shortly after 76 percent of Oklahoma voters approved the ban.

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Politics and Government
3:48 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Murderer Released For Good Behavior Credits

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Prison records show a man convicted in a 1993 killing was one of 1,500 Oklahoma inmates released through a prison program.

The Oklahoman reports Antonio Ray Mason, who was convicted of second-degree murder, was set free in August. Prison officials say they restored his good behavior credits.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases In New Term

The Supreme Court has denied petitions to review same-sex marriage cases in several states, including Utah. In January, supporters of same-sex marriage held a rally at Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Jim Urquhart Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:15 pm

The Supreme Court's new term will not include any cases that might decide the issue of same-sex marriage in the U.S., a development that comes after many lower and appeals courts have ruled against states' bans on gay marriage. Advocates on both sides of the issue have been calling for the high court to review the issue and make an official ruling.

The court's refusal of all the petitions related to bans on gay marriage means that the appeals courts' decisions allowing gay marriage can now take effect. They had been on hold pending a potential review by the Supreme Court.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:58 am
Mon October 6, 2014

High Court Denies Gay Marriage Appeals In Oklahoma, Four Other States

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Updated 12:45 p.m. CDT

A federal appeals court has lifted its stay in gay marriage cases in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for same-sex nuptials to begin in both states.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the stays Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the matter. The high court's decision effectively means gay marriage is legal in 30 states.

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Law
7:58 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court To Weigh Facebook Threats, Religious Freedom, Discrimination

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 11:32 am

The U.S. Supreme Court opens a new term Monday, but so far the justices are keeping quiet about whether or when they will tackle the gay marriage question. Last week, the justices met behind closed doors to discuss pending cases, but when they released the list of new cases added to the calendar, same-sex marriage was nowhere to be seen.

But that really doesn't mean very much.

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New Boom
2:28 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Why You Should Start Taking Millennials Seriously

This 30-year-old millennial helped found — and now runs — Facebook. His net worth is estimated at more than $33 billion.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 11:28 am

In the U.S., people born between 1980 and 2000 now outnumber baby boomers, and their numbers are still growing because of immigration. This generation is already shaping American life, and in a series of stories — largely reported by millennials themselves — NPR will explore how this New Boom is transforming the country.

There are more millennials in America right now than baby boomers — more than 80 million of us.

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Politics and Government
2:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Three Questions On November Ballot

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Unlike recent previous elections when Oklahoma voters had a litany of ballot issues to decide, next month there will only be three issues for voters to ponder.

In 2010, voters had eleven questions to consider, and two years later, six questions were on the ballot. Among them were forbidding courts from using Sharia, or Islamic law, making English the state's official language and requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

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Politics and Government
8:51 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Lawmakers Search For Optimum Tax Policy

Oklahoma Representative Mark McCullough, Republican from Sapulpa.
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Representatives Mark McCullough and Earl Sears had one goal Wednesday during a hearing on their joint interim study: Begin the search for the optimal tax policy.

McCullough, R-Sallisaw, said each year of his legislative proposals to reduce the individual income tax or create or extend new tax credits were introduced but there was no real talk of tax policy.

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