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.
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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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Will Miss 4-6 Weeks of NBA Season
6:14 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

OKC Thunder Will Have To Do Without Westbrook

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the NBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.

General Manager Sam Presti said Westbrook had knee swelling that would not subside, and the procedure was intended to solve the problem once and for all. He said doctors found that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch and Westbrook's meniscus has healed properly.

The team said the procedure was successful.

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Tinker, Nat'l Guard and Storm Prediction Center
4:44 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown Affects Oklahomans

Interior of National Weather Center
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Thousands of civilian employees at Tinker Air Force Base are being furloughed and the national Storm Prediction Center is cutting down on its communication to the public as the federal government faces its first full day of a partial shutdown.

Officials at Tinker Air Force Base say about 2,900 of 14,000 civilian employees have been furloughed until federal funding is resumed. Nearly 700 federal technicians at the Oklahoma National Guard have also been furloughed.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:38 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Shutters Federal Parks And Lakes In Oklahoma

Lake Eufaula visitors swim at a beach near Texanna, Okla.
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Thousands of federal workers in Oklahoma face furloughs and U.S. government services have been limited by the shutdown that began at midnight Oct. 1.

The shutdown also means national parks and recreation areas at federally run lakes are closed. That means no camping, fishing, boating or swimming at Eufaula, Texoma and Tenkiller, at least at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities.

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