Two New Retail Centers
6:17 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Cherokee Nation's Business Thriving

Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Catoosa
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With an $80 million deal inked for a planned retail center in the Tulsa area, plans for another one worth more than double that in Tahlequah and a new $10 million casino going up near the Kansas border, the Cherokee Nation's business arm is thriving.

And Oklahoma's largest American Indian tribe shows no sign of slowing the pace down as the economy slowly bounces back from recession.

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To Help Rural Services
5:59 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Verdigris Valley Electricity Coop Gets $21 Million Loan From USDA

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An Oklahoma electric cooperative has received a $21 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help improve the delivery of electric power in rural areas.

The USDA announced $518 million in investments Tuesday to rural electric cooperatives in 15 states. The investments are provided by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service, which also administers programs that help bring broadband, safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment facilities for rural communities.

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Oklahoma News
5:15 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Norman Police Investigate Video Of Arrest

Police from the City of Norman and the University of Oklahoma are shown in a widely circulating video to be struggling with a man during the arrest.
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Norman police are investigating the arrest of a man who was allegedly trying to look up women's skirts on the University of Oklahoma campus.

A one-minute video of the arrest of the 23-year-old was posted to Facebook showing four officers on the scene and three of them wrestling with the man on the ground and at least one officer kneeing him in the back.

The man was arrested on a charge of outraging public decency and interfering with the official process. The man remains jailed, but the prosecutor's office says he has not been formally charged.

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Native American
12:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Joy Harjo To Be Inducted Into Oklahoma Writers Hall Of Fame

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Author, poet and musician Joy Harjo is being inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame next month.

Harjo, who is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has written seven books of poetry. Her memoir, "Crazy Brave," was also recently published and received the Los Angeles Times 2013 book prize for creative nonfiction.

Harjo will be inducted on Oct. 8. The induction ceremony is a partnership between the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, the Route 66 Alliance and the OSU Library.

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Sports
12:16 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

McGuinness Sues OSSAA, Challenges Classification

The gates at Bishop McGuinness Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Charles Woner Wikimedia Commons

A Catholic high school in Oklahoma City says its sports teams shouldn't have to compete against schools nearly seven times as large.

Bishop McGuinness High School sued the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association on Monday, alleging the group is violating its rights and endangering its pupils. It has asked for a temporary restraining order.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Apple Shows Off Larger iPhone 6; Unveils New Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled the long-awaited smart watch, which comes in two sizes and requires an iPhone.
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Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 3:03 pm

After months of rumors and dozens of fan-created images of what an Apple watch might look like, today the tech giant will show us what it's been working on. Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a new smart watch at a splashy event in Cupertino, Calif., called the Apple Watch

We'll be updating this post with news from Apple today, including tweets from NPR's Laura Sydell, who's at the event at the Flint Center.

Update at 2:40 p.m. ET: Apple Watch Price: $349

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Governing
10:20 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Following Ferguson, Senate Weighs Use Of Military-Grade Equipment

Police fire tear gas from an armored personnel carrier on Aug. 18 in Ferguson, Mo. The U.S. Senate is holding a hearing on the use of military-grade equipment by local police departments.
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Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:47 pm

Last month, scenes from Ferguson, Mo., showed police in military-style armored vehicles pointing assault rifles at protesters.

Now, the first congressional hearing in response to those events is being held. It's looking specifically at Washington, D.C.'s hand in militarizing local law enforcement, through federal programs that equipped thousands of police and sheriff's departments with gear made for warfare.

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Energy
9:53 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Racketeering Case Heads To Trial

The corporate campus of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Michigan attorney general's office says Chesapeake Energy has been ordered to stand trial in a racketeering case that accuses it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.

A probable cause hearing in the criminal case against the Oklahoma City-based company took place in August in Cheboygan District Court. Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced the judge's decision, which had been expected in a written opinion.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment from a Chesapeake spokesman.

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Health
8:44 am
Tue September 9, 2014

VIDEO: Oklahoma Testing Samples For Respiratory Illness

Oklahoma and nine other states have asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help figure out what's causing a recent spike in emergency room visits due to a severe respiratory illness in children.

Public health officials suspect it may be caused by enterovirus D-68, an uncommon strain of a family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through the fall.

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Oklahoma News
7:33 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Transportation Commission Eight-Year Plan Includes Lexington-Purcell Bridge Replacement

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the closed James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River - Feb. 7, 2014
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The Oklahoma Transportation Commission unanimously approved the Department of Transportation’s new eight-year plan Monday.

ODOT Director Mike Patterson said the plan, which covers federal fiscal years 2015 to 2022, includes 1,947 total projects with a cost of $6.3 billion.

The latest eight-year plan, Patterson said, accelerates some projects and delays others based on anticipated funding and need.

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