More Potent than vicodin
3:47 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

FDA Approved Powerful Painkiller Raises Questions

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Three U.S. senators are raising concerns about the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful painkiller called Zohydro, which experts say could add to the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Republicans Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee sent a letter to the head of the FDA Wednesday asking how the agency will prevent misuse and abuse of Zohydro and similar drugs in development.

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Oklahoma News
2:36 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Oklahoma Governor, Congressional Delegation Praise Behenna Release

Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna
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A soldier from Edmond who has spent the last five years in a military prison after being convicted of killing an Iraqi detainee during questioning won his parole Wednesday morning.

Former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna will be released from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas March 14. The Oklahoman reports Behenna called his parents in Oklahoma City early this morning, telling them he received a letter saying the military denied his clemency request, but approved his parole request.

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Oklahoma Politics
2:05 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Pro-Marijuana Group Wants Option To Toke In Oklahoma

Supporters of Senate Bill 2116 gather at the state Capitol Wednesday.
Meghan Blessing KGOU

Emboldened by the legalization of marijuana in two states, hundreds of marijuana advocates held a rally at the state Capitol to call for fewer restrictions on pot smoking in Oklahoma.

Two separate pro-marijuana groups held events at the Capitol on Wednesday. One is supporting the use of medicinal marijuana, while the other is pushing for full-scale legalization of cannabis.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:19 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Lawmakers Question Governors’ Deal To Let Texas Pump Water From Oklahoma

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When Gov. Mary Fallin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in January agreed a north Texas water district could take water out of the Red River using a pump station in Oklahoma, they avoided what could’ve been a long legal battle over the exact location of the state’s southern boundary.

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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.
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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

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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

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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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