OSBI Investigating
6:12 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Driver Going Wrong Way Shot On Interstate 40 Near Henryetta

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting.

One person died in the incident that occurred Monday morning near Henryetta.

The OSBI says Creek Nation Lighthorse and Henryetta police received several calls around 7 a.m. Monday about a truck that was going west on Interstate 40's eastbound lanes.

Officials say the driver of the truck refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. A police officer from the Creek Nation fired his weapon and the truck crashed.

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SSM Health Care
4:53 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Interest-Free Loans May Be Available To Patients With Unpaid Med Bills

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A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that $6.5 million has been lent to about 4,000 patients since SSM Health Care inked a deal with Commerce Bank five months ago. Patients get the loans without undergoing credit checks and Commerce Bank receives a service fee.

The goal is to reduce the health system's bad debt, which grew from $157 million in 2012 to $204.7 million in 2013.

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Economy
8:43 am
Mon September 1, 2014

It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last week in New York City.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:44 pm

As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.

And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this time around the track, they may discover that many Americans want to hear about other issues as well.

Wait. What?

The economy is not the No. 1 issue?

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Oklahoma News
7:33 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Oklahoma Farmers Find Repaired Bridge Unusable

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Oklahoma farmers say new weight limitations on a repaired bridge that links Lexington and Purcell makes it unusable for hauling their goods.

The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge was closed on Jan. 31 after state officials discovered the truss system was cracked and needed emergency repairs. The bridge reopened in June after more than $20 million in repairs.

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Code Switch
11:19 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Native American Artists Reclaim Images That Represent Them

Jason Lujan "re-contextualizes" the word 'Apache' in his art.
Jason Lujan

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 3:59 pm

There's been a lot of discussion about the name of a certain Washington football team — with lawsuits arguing that it is disparaging, and media outlets choosing not to use it in their content.

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Goats and Soda
8:14 am
Sun August 31, 2014

A Trip With Her Folks Turned Barbara Bush Into A Global Activist

Barbara Bush helps a nun to fit on a hearing device during a 2012 event in Gulu, Uganda. She says was interested in architecture as a college student but became a global health activist after visiting East Africa with her parents.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 3:21 pm

Barbara Bush may be known as the quieter of the Bush twins, but when it comes to global health, she's anything but. At 32, the Yale graduate is co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, a nonprofit organization that pairs young volunteers — she calls them "fellows" — with health and development organizations.

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Education
4:12 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Common Core An Issue In Competitive Governor Race

Rush Springs State Rep. and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman.
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An underfunded and little-known Democratic candidate for governor has found a new issue on which to attack incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin.

The federal government stripped Oklahoma on Thursday of its authority to decide how to spend millions in federal education funds because of the state's repeal of Common Core instructional standards for English and math.

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Politics
2:05 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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Shots - Health News
6:49 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Opponents and supporters of a law that restricts abortion in Texas rallied outside the Texas Capitol in Austin as the bill was debated in July 2013.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 12:41 pm

A federal judge in Austin struck down part of a Texas law that would have required all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. The regulation, which was set to go into effect Monday, would have shuttered about a dozen abortion clinics, leaving only eight places in Texas to get a legal abortion — all in major cities.

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Indian Times
8:53 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Cole Says Tribal Jobs Are Here To Stay

Congressman Tom Cole
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The recent reports of employers leaving the United States for tax breaks won’t ever happen with certain businesses in Oklahoma: those companies belong to tribes, and they’re here to stay.

That’s one big message from Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. At his recent town hall meeting in Purcell, Cole (Chickasaw) said the sovereign tribes of Oklahoma are also their own corporations—buying, selling, and creating jobs.

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