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.
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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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All Tech Considered
8:21 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

Cell towers are constantly tracking the location of mobile phones. And that data, federal courts have ruled, is not constitutionally protected.
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Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:49 am

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.

Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, says location tracking is key to how the cell system operates.

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Prosecuters Will Cross-Examine
6:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Terrill Tells Truong He Will Testify

Judge Cindy Truong
Credit OKlahoma Court Judges

A former state lawmaker accused of bribing a Senate colleague says he will testify during his trial.

Former Rep. Randy Terrill told Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong Monday that he plans to testify in his own defense. Terrill is expected to testify on Tuesday.

Truong also told Terrill that prosecutors will have a right to cross-examine Terrill is he testifies. Terrill says he welcomes their questions.

Truong told Terrill's 12-member jury that they will be asked to deliberate a verdict on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court
4:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Challenge To Master Lease Program Denied By Court

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request for a new hearing in a legal challenge of a bond program used by Oklahoma colleges and universities.

Last month, the state's highest court rejected legal challenges brought by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent and others and ruled the program was constitutional. The court also authorized an application to issue the bonds.

The Supreme Court rejected Fent's request for a rehearing on Monday.

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World
3:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Slow Improvements In The Garment Industry In Bangladesh

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The economy in Bangladesh is connected to the clothes Americans buy in many stores, including national retailers. The readymade garment industry in Bangladesh has been rocked by several major industrial accidents, leading to large scale worker protests calling for improved building and fire safety. The garment workers are also demanding better working conditions and higher minimum wages.

After several industrial accidents, where hundreds of people have died, attention turned to the stores selling the clothes. This put pressure on the industry and government in Bangladesh to take steps to improve the safety of garment factories.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New Data Reveals Widespread Financial Losses Among Small Oklahoma Hospitals

Bruce Mayhan, lab manager at Pauls Valley General Hospital, looks at a blood sample through a microscope in the hospital’s lab.
Credit Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

A majority of small general hospitals in Oklahoma are losing money, and health care officials warn that some hospitals could close, be sold or cut services.

Federal financial reports for nearly every hospital in the state, obtained by Oklahoma Watch and analyzed and reported with the Tulsa World, show that in each year from 2009 to 2012, between half and three-fourths of general hospitals with fewer than 100 beds lost money. Most are in small cities or rural areas. More than half posted losses in multiple years.

Larger hospitals fared better. In each year during the four-year period, between 7 percent and 19 percent of general hospitals with 100 beds or more lost money.

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