Oklahoma News
5:01 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Cole Expresses Sympathy, Praises Hero, Wants To Avoid Speculation

U.S. Representative Tom Cole, Republican from the Fourth District of Oklahoma
Credit Speaker of the House John Boehner / YouTube

Congressman Tom Cole released the following statement in response to the tragic incident at Vaughan Foods in Moore, resulting in the brutal murder of one woman and serious stabbing injuries to another.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this brutal crime as well as their families, friends and co-workers," said Cole.

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Oklahoma News
4:50 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Group Says Nolen Did Not Follow Tenants Of Islam

Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.

A spokesman for an Oklahoma City Islamic group says a man accused of beheading one woman and attacking another at a food processing plant from which he was fired was seen as "a little odd" and "a little weird" by those who attended the same mosque he did.

Saad Mohammed, director of information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said Saturday that 30-year-old Alton Nolen began worshipping at one of the group's mosques in May and that he has seen him there several times since.

He says Nolen wasn't outgoing and that his behavior didn't raise any red flags.

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Science, Technology and Environment
4:34 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Oklahoma Can Learn From Developing World Practices

After four years of drought, municipal water storage in in Altus-Lugert lake has dropped to about 10 percent.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An environmental researcher says Oklahoma could benefit by learning how developing countries address water security issues as demand grows and scientists warn of drier years ahead.

The Oklahoman reports that Jim Chamberlain, staff researcher at the University of Oklahoma's Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Center, spoke Friday at the center's annual Water Symposium.

Chamberlain says the water situation in Oklahoma has more in common with that in the developing world than might be obvious.

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Energy
10:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Texas Energy Company To Close Oklahoma City Office

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A Houston-based energy company plans to close its office in Oklahoma City and eliminate up to 97 full-time jobs. 

The Oklahoman reported that HighMount Exploration and Production LLC announced the plans in a letter to the Oklahoma Commerce Department.

The company plans to lay off 48 employees between October 24 and November 3 and says additional cuts are planned.

Last May, Loews Corp. announced the possibility of selling its wholly owned subsidiary HighMount and in August announced the sale.

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Politics and Government
8:30 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Oklahoma Prisons Chief Expects November Executions

Robert Patton, Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The head of Oklahoma's prisons system says he is confident the state can resume executions in November despite a federal judge's concern that the prison staff must be retrained following Clayton Lockett's prolonged death in April.

At a meeting of the state Corrections Board on Thursday in Enid, prisons director Robert Patton said he expects that inmate Charles Warner will die Nov. 13 and that other inmates will be executed in the weeks that follow.

Patton said a renovated death chamber will be ready next month.

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Business and Economy
7:56 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Developer Proposes Apartment Complex In Norman Old Neighborhood

Welcome to Norman sign.
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Some Norman residents fear the city could lose a quaint part of the community if a 1950's neighborhood is razed to make room for a 4.2-acre apartment complex.

Developers want to build 555 apartments that would include 915 beds in studio apartments or units with from one to four bedrooms. A parking garage would be built in the middle of the complex.

The site is within walking distance of the University of Oklahoma campus.

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Education
7:36 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Oklahoma PTA Joins Call For Resignation Of Superintendent Barresi

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association joined the movement of those publicly calling for resignation of State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

In a statement Friday, President Jeffery Corbett said, “State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, has continued to erode the relationship between the State Department of Education and the school boards, administrators, teachers and parents of Oklahoma’s public schools.”

Corbett accused Barresi of stifling parents voice by supporting the Reading Sufficiency Act and rolling out the “flawed” A-F grading system.

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Indian Times
7:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cole: American Indian Cultural Center And Museum Belongs To Oklahoma Not Tribes

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

If you don’t build it, they won’t come…that’s basically what Blake Wade, Executive Director of the Native American Cultural Authority, intimated when extolling the virtues of a completed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Not only would the museum be a world class attraction, the surrounding 220 acres of commercial property would be developed to match the museum’s potential.

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Get Fit Challenge
4:57 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Gov. Fallin And Kevin Durant Dance To Fight Childhood Obesity

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is teaming up with NBA star Kevin Durant as part of an initiative to battle childhood obesity.

The Republican governor and Durant danced Friday before hundreds of Oklahoma students, parents and teachers on the north steps of the state Capitol to launch the governor's Get Fit Challenge.

A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control shows Oklahoma is one of about ten states in which about 12 percent of children are obese. That's a decline from Oklahoma's ranking of 17 percent in 2011.

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Oklahoma News
4:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Police: Beheading Suspect Attacked "At Random"

The FBI is being asked by local police to help investigate Alton Nolen, accused of beheading a coworker Thursday.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Moore police have asked the FBI to help investigate the background of a man accused of beheading a coworker at a plant from which he was being fired.

Police say suspect Alton Nolen had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, and have asked the FBI to join in investigating him. However, the department tells MSNBC that investigators do not believe the act was related to the kind ISIS has been conducting in the Middle East.

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