StateImpact Oklahoma
1:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Why The Federal Government Shutdown Might Be Good For Oklahoma State Parks

A hiker navigates through Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton, Okla.
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Federally run campsites, parks and pavilions at dozens of Oklahoma lakes controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have closed because of the federal government shutdown. But that’s not keeping people away from lakes like Texoma, Eufaula, and Tenkiller, it’s just funneling them into state parks instead.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

An Insider’s Guide To Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s War With The EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is at war with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which he says is overstepping its authority. He’s sued the federal agency and testified to Congress about its abuses.

The most visible battles have been over coal regulation, but the fight is about power — not power plants.

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World Views
10:39 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Son’s Tragic Death Inspires Oklahoma Father’s International Activism

Former University of Oklahoma football player Roy Williams with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Reggie Whitten in Oklahoma City.
Pat Smith Pros for Africa

In February 2002, Reggie Whitten lost his 25-year-old son Brandon in a motorcycle accident after his son became addicted to prescription medication. For months, Whitten felt lost, and said he had no reason to live.

He joined friends on a trip to Africa, in a part of Northern Uganda then-dominated by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army he built with kidnapped children.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:01 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Could Curb Benefits For Oklahoma Women, Children

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If the partial shutdown of the federal government continues for weeks, it could lead to cutbacks in the federally funded program that helps low-income women, infants and children in Oklahoma, officials said Wednesday.

One possible result could be limiting the aid provided under the federal Women, Infants and Children program to only one or two of those groups, such as infants.

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Government Shutdown
7:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

VIDEO: Coburn, Lankford Floor Speeches On Gov't Shutdown

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and President Obama shake hands in this undated photo.
Credit Tom Coburn / Facebook

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senator Tom Coburn and Congressman James Lankford both took to the floors of their respective chambers Wednesday.

Coburn says the current impasse between House Republicans and Senate Democrats is the product of inaction, and the continuing resolution shows they haven’t been doing their job anyway.

"And one of the reasons we are where we are is, I think, failed leadership,” Coburn says. “Both by Republicans and Democrats.”

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Operations Begin In 2015
6:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Rolls-Royce Bringing New Business To Tinker Air Force Base

Rolls-Royce engine in flight
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Global power systems provider Rolls-Royce plans to open a new engine depot services facility at Tinker Air Force Base to support the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle fleet.

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Could Still Face Other Charges
5:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

South Carolina Governor Drops Extradition Request For Dusten Brown

Governor Nikki Haley
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is dropping her request to extradite the biological father of a Cherokee girl who was at the center of a bitter custody dispute. He could still face a charge of custodial interference.

Dusten Brown had been scheduled to appear Thursday in an Oklahoma county court to face extradition to South Carolina. Brown was charged in August with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:40 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Pay Increase Recommended For Oklahoma Judiciary

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A panel is recommending a 12 percent increase for members of the Oklahoma judiciary — a recommendation that could lead to similar raises for all statewide elected officials.

The Board of Judicial Compensation meets every two years to review judicial pay and make recommendations. Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature rejected the board's proposal two years ago, and in 2009, the board didn't recommend any raises.

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Business and Economy
12:17 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Court Favors Abercrombie In Oklahoma Suit Over Hijab

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A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of an Oklahoma woman who says she wasn't hired by Abercrombie & Fitch because her headscarf conflicted with the retailer's dress code, which has since been changed.

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Veterans Affairs
10:40 am
Wed October 2, 2013

ODVA Suggests Statutory Changes For Peacetime Veterans

The Ardmore Veterans Center - one of seven long-term care facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) said the purpose of the Tuesday’s interim study about entry to state veterans affairs was to see what veterans are eligible for entrance.

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