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4:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Dallas

A patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has a confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. He is being treated and kept in strict isolation.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 2:10 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that the first case of Ebola has appeared in the U.S.

A man in Dallas has tested positive for the virus, the agency said. The man flew to the U.S. from Liberia, arriving on Sept. 20, NPR has learned. He wasn't sick on the flight, and had no symptoms when he arrived.

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Oklahoma News
12:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Formal Charges Filed Against Moore Beheading Suspect

Alton Nolen in a 2011 photo from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Prosecutors in Cleveland County filed first-degree murder and assault charges Tuesday morning against a man accused of beheading a coworker in a workplace attack Thursday.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says Alton Nolen could face the death penalty for the murder of Colleen Hufford.

“Before that decision is made, I will talk to the family of Mrs. Hufford,” Mashburn says. “That decision is not fair to make without consulting with them first, but it’s definitely highly likely at this point.”

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Oklahoma News
8:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

NTSB Asks For Medical Records Of Semi Driver In Deadly Softball Bus Crash

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt and investigator-in-charge Jennifer Morrison view wreckage at the scene in Davis.
National Transportation Safety Board Flickr Public Domain

Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention caused a highway collision that killed four members of a Texas college softball team.

Monday the Oklahoma Highway Patrol again declined to say what may have distracted 53-year-old Russell Staley from Saginaw, Tex. at the time of the crash Friday night.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the agency has obtained and delivered subpoenas for Staley's medical records.

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Politics and Government
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Push To Allow Juvenile Competency Hearings

Credit Kaiser Health News / Wikipedia Commons

The Tulsa County boy’s relationship with family was one of instability, impoverishment and abuse.

Psychologists would later determine that he was mentally ill and very immature, even for 12 years of age. But his alleged crime was serious – felony assault with a dangerous weapon on a family member who had abused him.

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Health
8:55 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Senate Committee Hears Oklahoma SoonerCare Overview

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Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard an overview Monday of Oklahoma’s Medicaid program.

Chairman Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, said the overview would provide lawmakers a better understanding of where the program stands going into the next legislative session.

Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, most commonly referred to as SoonerCare, is managed by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

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Aviation Industry
8:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Boeing To Add Jobs In Oklahoma City

Credit Boeing

Boeing plans to move most of its defense and support-related services from Washington state to cities that include Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

Boeing said Monday the moves are part of efforts to improve the competitiveness of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit.

The company says about 900 jobs could move to Oklahoma City and up to 500 to St. Louis in about three years. About 2,000 employees could be affected by the move that also include jobs being sent to Jacksonville, Florida, and Patuxent River, Maryland.

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Politics and Government
8:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Ethics Commission Schedules Informal Hearings In Claremore, Stillwater And Norman

Cathy Stocker, Chair, Oklahoma Ethics Commission
Credit Oklahoma Ethics Commission

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission will hold a series of informal hearings to solicit input from citizens on possible amendments to its Ethics Rules.

Commissioner Karen Long suggested in August that the commission hold the hearings, pointing to a series of meetings in 2013 that were held as the commission prepared to revise its rules completely.

The hearings, she said, helped the commission maintain communication between it and those it regulates.

The first hearing will be held Friday at Rogers State University in Claremore and will begin at 10 a.m.

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Health
8:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Sen. Crain Promises Hearing On Home Care Act Task Force

Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa
Credit Oklahoma State Senate

Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, promised a bill proposing a task force to look at possible amendments to the state’s Home Care Act would get a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

The task force, if approved by the state House and Senate, and approved by the Governor, would study possible amendments to be considered by the legislature in future years -- meaning that any legislative changes would not be considered until early 2016.

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Energy
7:04 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Second Texas-Oklahoma 345-Kilovolt Project Connects To Woodward's Wind Energy Production

A wind farm outside of Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Utility crews have finished a second 345-kilovolt transmission line between the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma to provide more export capacity for wind-generated power.

Xcel Energy in Amarillo on Monday announced completion of the estimated 200-mile line from near Abernathy, Texas, to Woodward, Oklahoma. It's part of a $64 million partnership with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company.

Xcel Energy says the Texas stretch was energized last week when a connection was made to the Oklahoma segment completed by OG&E.

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Education
11:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Vendor Drops Out From Oklahoma Bidding Process

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Oklahoma education officials say the testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill has withdrawn itself from consideration for a new contract for Oklahoma's winter exams.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday that the company would withdraw from the bidding process. Last week, the Oklahoma State Board of Education delayed action on the no-bid contract amid criticism over CTB/McGraw Hill's performance on the standardized tests over the past two years.

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