State Capitol
10:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Authors Bill For More Monuments In Oklahoma

State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw)
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An eastern Oklahoma legislator is pushing a bill that would allow for more Ten Commandments monuments on public grounds and buildings.

The bill filed this week by Sallisaw Republican Rep. John Bennett authorizes schools, cities and counties to display monuments or memorials dedicated to "historical documents."

The bill specifically references the Ten Commandments, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Magna Carta, among others.

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Health
8:55 am
Thu January 9, 2014

License Hearing For Tulsa Dentist Postponed

The offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
Credit KWGS News

A January licensure hearing for a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of keeping filthy office conditions has been postponed at least until April because an investigation of his practices is still ongoing.

Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Executive Director Susan Rogers says the continuation was agreed to by her office and attorneys for Dr. W. Scott Harrington, whose two Tulsa-area clinics were shuttered last March.

Rogers says depositions of up to 40 patients, clinic employees and other witnesses are causing the delay.

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OneSix8
8:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Taking You Back In Time

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A Medieval celebration, folk tradition and “legends” from the past offer some authentic “escapes” in this week's OneSix8.

A feast fit for a king is provided at the Medieval Midwinter Ball this Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The University of Oklahoma’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Union will be decorated in the royal purple and gold of the Middle Ages, inviting people of all ages to celebrate at this bright colored ball.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:40 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Texas To Blame For Oklahoma’s Biggest Haze Pollution Problem

Meers area resident Bill Cunningham looks for haze over the Wichita Mountains from the top of Mt. Scott.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Federal regulators are forcing Oklahoma’s largest utility companies to lower emissions at their coal fired power plants or shut them down. The goal of the EPA’s Regional Haze Rule is to clear the air on federal lands like national parks and refuges.

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Shots - Health News
5:42 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

Kamora Cyprian got her teeth cleaned at a free health care event in the Los Angeles Sports Arena in September 2012.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 9:21 am

If you think buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been complicated, just wait. Buying dental coverage on the health exchanges, it turns out, is even more confusing.

Dental coverage for children is one of the benefits that must be offered under the law. But, it turns out, a loophole in the law means that — in most states — families don't actually have to buy that coverage.

These rules are so confusing that they even tripped me up.

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New Anti-Poverty Program
6:37 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Choctaw Nation To Be One Of Five "Promise Zones"

Choctaw Elder
Credit Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has been selected as one of the first five organizations to test a new anti-poverty program to improve life in chronically poor areas.

The Oklahoman reports the tribe will create a Promise Zone in an economically challenged area in southeastern Oklahoma and use community groups, businesses and schools to focus on specific education and economic development goals.

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Truth In Settlements Act
6:17 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Coburn Working With Democrat Elizabeth Warren For Transparency

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he wants to increase the transparency of settlements reached with federal enforcement agencies, saying the real value of settled cases is often not known.

Coburn announced in a press release Wednesday his plans to join Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on a bipartisan bill. Dubbed the "Truth in Settlements Act," the measure would require more detailed disclosures about settlement agreements that are often reached when federal agencies close investigations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:53 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

It’s Cold, But Here Are 3 Other Reasons Oklahoma is Running Short on Propane

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About 400,000 mostly rural Oklahomans rely on propane to heat their homes, and demand for the fuel has skyrocketed along with prices, which are more than 50 cents higher than last year.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesdayissued an executive order easing licensing requirements for propane truckers to address the shortage. Fifteen other states have issued similar orders.

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Corrections
1:37 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Oklahoma Corrections Board Seeks New Prisons Boss

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections this week is interviewing candidates who want to be the next director of the state's prison system.

The seven-member board planned to interview potential candidates Wednesday during a special meeting at DOC headquarters. The board also is planning additional interviews Thursday before its regular meeting.

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Oklahoma News
12:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Upgrades Planned At Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

The Field of Empty Chairs at the symbolic outdoor portion of the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has unveiled plans for a new $7 million project that will upgrade the museum and offer more insights for visitors into the deadly attack.

The plans were unveiled during a symbolic wall-breaking ceremony at the museum on Wednesday. The memorial honors the 168 people who died in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

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