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.
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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.
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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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Sports
9:08 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Against OSSAA

Former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer speaking during a press conference announcing an interim study to investigate some of the practices and procedures used by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association in responding to complaints and handling student appeals.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says an association that governs high school sports in Oklahoma acted in an "arbitrary and capricious manner" in interpreting and enforcing its rules.

In a 7-2 decision Tuesday, the state's highest court sided with a former high school athlete and ruled that the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association imposed penalties and sanctions for which there was no authorization in its rules.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Job Growth Was Modest In September, Survey Signals

This gas station in Encinitas, Calif., was looking to hire last month.
Mike Blake Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:46 pm

Private employers added 166,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, a modest gain after slightly less growth the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Solution? None To Be Seen Yet, But Sides Will Talk

The Lincoln Memorial is officially closed. National parks and monuments are among the parts of the federal government affected by the shutdown.
Dennis Brack Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 5:16 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Mara Liasson on the government shutdown

(We most recently updated this post at 8:31 p.m. ET.)

We said it Tuesday: "No end in sight."

The story's the same a day later.

Pardon us for being repetitive, but there's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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