Corrections
6:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Study: Oklahoma Prison Health Care Costs Drop

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A Pew Charitable Trusts report says the cost of health care for prison inmates in Oklahoma bucked a national trend and fell by 6 percent from 2001 to 2008.

Tuesday's report says Oklahoma spent $3,935 per inmate in 2008 — down from $4,201 in 2001. Researchers used numbers from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and 2008 was the most recent year available.

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Alabama Agrees To Permanently Gut Immigration Law

Parents arrive to pick up their children from a school in Montgomery, Ala. After a tough immigration law was enacted in 2011, Hispanic students began to disappear from classrooms in the state's public schools.
Dave Martin AP

Opponents of Alabama's strict immigration law are declaring victory Tuesday, as the state agreed not to pursue key provisions of a measure critics had called an endorsement of racial profiling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's appeal of a federal court's ruling that gutted the law.

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Rise In Seismic Activity
4:38 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Numerous Earthquakes In Oklahoma May Require Additional Insurance

Seismic Graph
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Oklahoma's insurance commissioner is advising residents to purchase earthquake insurance after a national report suggested that seismic activity in the central part of the state is here to stay.

Commissioner John Doak says quake damage can cripple the finances of property owners who haven't purchased policies.

A report released last week from the U.S. and Oklahoma Geological surveys suggests an earthquake "swarm" continues to affect central Oklahoma after a record 5.6-magnitude quake rattled Oklahoma in November 2011.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

'We Hurt A Lot Of People,' Westboro Pastor's Granddaughter Says

Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, is seen during her days with the church. Now alienated from their family, Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace, speak to religious and cultural groups.
Jennifer Hack MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:25 pm

Nearly a year after breaking with the Westboro Baptist Church, two of Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughters are enjoying a new freedom. But as they tell a Canadian newspaper, they also want to extend empathy to those they hurt in the name of a cause championed by the man they call "Gramps."

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Bribery Probe
1:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma Lawmaker Denies Offering Bribe, Job

Former State Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A former Oklahoma lawmaker charged with bribery denies that he ever offered a legislative colleague a job in exchange for her promise not to seek re-election.

Former Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore testified in his own defense Tuesday during his trial in Oklahoma County District Court.

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Health
12:51 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Answers Questions In Abortion Case

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a 2011 state law restricting abortions effectively bans all drug-induced abortions, despite arguments that the state only wished to prohibit off-label uses of the drugs.

The Oklahoma court Tuesday answered questions posed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the state court in June to clarify two issues before they consider an appeal from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

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A-F Grades Flap
11:55 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Oklahoma School Grading Problems Continue

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has confirmed local school leaders' accounts of significant fluctuations in preliminary A-F grades for schools.

Schools had a Monday deadline to request that the state correct or otherwise verify their new school grade cards. On Friday, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said her department needed up to two more weeks before asking the state Board of Education to finalize the report cards and release them publicly.

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Moore Tornado
9:34 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Plans Approved For Moore Medical Center

The Moore Medical Center was destroyed in the May 20 tornado. The new facility is set to open in 2016.
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The Norman Regional Hospital Authority has approved plans for a new, 100,000-square-foot, $28.8 million facility for the town of Moore, which was hit by a devastating tornado in May.

The five-story medical center will offer emergency and outpatient services, as well as lab, imaging, ultrasound and X-rays.

The Norman Transcript reports the new facility is slated to open in 2016.

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State Capitol
8:40 am
Tue October 29, 2013

State Capitol Hearing Again Considering Oklahoma Public Pension Overhaul

State Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A House member who is working to overhaul the state's pension systems is holding another legislative hearing this week to further discuss proposed changes to the retirement plans for various public workers.

Oklahoma City Republican state Rep. Randy McDaniel will convene a meeting Tuesday of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee to review an analysis of the state's retirement systems.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Report: Obama White House OK'd Spying On Other Leaders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama in September at the G20 summit in Russia. She and other leaders have objected after hearing that the NSA was listening to their phone calls.
Anton Denisov Host photo agency/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:59 am

This morning's provocative stories about the spying that the National Security Agency has been doing in recent years include this attention-grabber from the Los Angeles Times:

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