Human Services Hearing
6:20 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

New Policies And Programs Not The Answer For Families In Crisis

Credit Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Divorce and the effect it has on state government spending in Oklahoma, including welfare programs, is not something that can be improved with new policies or programs. That's according to Marriage and Religion Research Institute Director Patrick Fagan and Jim Struby, director of Adult and Family Services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Both spoke during a Human Services hearing on Thursday at the State Capitol.

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Reprimanded By Oklahoma Supreme Court
4:45 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

OSSAA Says No Need For Legislature To Step In

Credit Roland the Jailer / Flickr.com

Despite numerous concerns and complaints from legislators, the head of the organization that governs high school sports in Oklahoma says there is no need for the Legislature to impose statutory restrictions on the group.

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OneSix8
2:09 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Entertaining The Hours of Your Week: Fun Fundraising

Credit Jonclegg

This week's OneSix8 gives you an opportunity to raise money for a good cause while playing with pups, having a giant slumber party or enjoying some barbeque.

Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Heftner hosts the 10th annual Pirate Puggerfest from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. October 5th. Admission is $5 for adults and kids are free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own pugs because all proceeds of the event go to the Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma.

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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.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr Creative Commons

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
Credit Ashley Coates / Flickr.com

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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