State Capitol
12:55 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Senate Panel Passes $160M Bond Issue To Fix State Capitol

Barricades surround the Oklahoma State Capitol to protect bystanders from potential falling debris.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

An Oklahoma Senate committee has given overwhelming bipartisan approval for a $160 million bond issue to renovate and repair the state Capitol.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-1 on Wednesday to approve the bill, which authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue the bonds.

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May 2013 Tornado Outbreak
12:31 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

VIDEO: Lessons From El Reno As NWS Trains New Spotters

The National Weather Service unveiled a new training video Wednesday for storm spotters and chasers with the hopes of avoiding a repeat of the tragedy that followed the May 31, 2013 tornado near El Reno.

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2014 Elections
11:33 am
Wed February 12, 2014

One Down: Brogdon Dissolves Governor's Race Corporation

Credit Randy Brogdon / Facebook

A candidate for Oklahoma governor who once said the state needed a militia to protect itself from the federal government has dissolved a corporation set up to support his campaign.

The Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that "Randy Brogdon for Governor 2014 Inc." had been dissolved less than two months after being set up.

Brogdon's campaign website has also changed to remove references to a race for governor. On one page Wednesday, correspondence was directed to a Tulsa address labeled "Brogdon for U.S. Senate."

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10:17 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Michael Behenna Wins Parole

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Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna has won parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on March 14, his mother, Vicki Behenna, said Wednesday.
Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, who was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone, learned early Wednesday morning and called his parents in Edmond, to tell them he will return home next month.
State Capitol
8:41 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Tulsa Teens Back Anti-Texting Bill

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

A group of teenagers who support a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma are meeting at the Capitol to push for a new state law to prohibit the practice.

A group that calls itself "Generation tXt" has scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to advocate for a statewide ban on texting while driving. The group will be joined by legislators, law enforcement and insurance industry officials.

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Bond Issue
8:18 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Voters Approve Norman School Bond Issue

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Norman Public Schools voters have approved the largest bond issue in district history, with more than $126 million set to go toward school improvements.

Complete but unofficial results show that the five-year bond issue passed Tuesday with about 84 percent of voters approving the two measures.

The bond issue was split into two proposals. The first provides $122.5 million for school renovations, safety and security, technology and other projects. The second proposal calls for $3.5 million to go toward transportation.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Wed February 12, 2014

'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked

Not a good day for a drive: A Georgia Department of Transportation sign warned motorists in Norcross Wednesday morning, and few were on the roads.
John Amis AP

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:24 pm

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As a wicked storm of ice and snow spreads over parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas and heads toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Weather Service is again warning that it's getting ugly out there.

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Art & Design
2:39 am
Wed February 12, 2014

At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Needleman says The Row has created an oversized sweater and sweater-skirt "that looks like if you were to lay down, you could just wrap it over yourself like a blanket and go to sleep."
Arno Frugier The Row Fall 2014 Collection

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 8:27 am

This year, the models on the runway at New York Fashion Week look downright comfortable — and Deborah Needleman, editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, says that's "good news for real people."

In the semi-annual event, fashion editors and store buyers attend elaborate runway shows staged in tents at Lincoln Center and other locations around New York City. Designers present clothes to them that consumers may see in stores in the fall.

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Opponents Argue It Steps On Women's Rights
6:08 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Two Bills Place More Restrictions On Abortion

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Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma have easily cleared a state House committee.

Members of the House Public Health Committee approved both bills during its regular meeting Tuesday.

One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.

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3:38 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Okays Challenge To Voter ID Law

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a Tulsa County voter has legal standing to challenge the state's Voter ID law.

The state's highest court handed down the order Tuesday for voter Delilah Christine Gentges, who filed the lawsuit challenging the law shortly after it was approved by voters in November 2010.

The Supreme Court's order sends the case back to Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis to decide Gentges' constitutional challenge to the law that requires voters to prove their identity before voting.

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