Public Health
12:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Tulsa Oral Surgeon Surrenders State License

One of the offices of Tulsa Oral Surgeon W. Scott Harrington.
Credit KWGS News

An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis has surrendered his professional license.

Scott Harrington permanently surrendered his license Friday to the State Board of Dentistry. Harrington's two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials urged about 7,000 of his current and former patients to get tested for the diseases.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:19 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

State Agencies Concerned About Carrying Out EPA’s ‘Aggressive’ Air Pollution Plan

Power lines extend out from the Oklaunion coal-fired power plant near Vernon, Texas.
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State environmental and utility regulators on Thursday said it would be a struggle to accomplish carbon dioxide reduction goals outlined in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.”

The EPA’s proposal, first outlined in June, “would mean carbon dioxide reductions of more than 40 percent from Oklahoma power plants by 2030,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

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World Views
11:06 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Obama Pursues Strategy Of Containment Despite Growing Violence In Iraq And Syria

President Obama talks with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice during morning foreign policy briefings while vacationing in Martha's Vineyard - August 11, 2014.
Pete Souza The White House

The beheading of American journalist James Foley this week is the latest in a series of brutal attacks in Iraq and Syria perpetrated by the Islamic State (ISIS).

The killing comes in response to President Obama's decision to provide aerial and tactical support to Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga as they attempt to retake areas seized by IS in recent weeks.

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World Views
9:38 am
Fri August 22, 2014

At 100, Reflections On The Panama Canal’s Past And Future

A postcard showing the Panama Canal, circa 1912
National Geographic Society

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened to commercial traffic. This feat of American engineering revolutionized international trade and quickly became a point of national pride for the United States.

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State Capitol
8:46 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Oklahoma Capitol Repair Bonds Authorization Begins

Meghan Blessing KGOU

Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state's nearly century-old Capitol.

Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol.

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Oklahoma News
8:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Petition Falls Short

Medical Marijuana.
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The Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office says an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state has fallen short of the number of signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot.

Officials said Thursday volunteers for Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health collected 75,384 signatures in their initiative petition drive. But they needed 155,216 to get the issue on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

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Oklahoma News
8:18 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

AAA Predicts 2 Percent Boost In Labor Day Travel

Driving north on I35.
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AAA estimates 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over Labor Day this year, a two percent jump from the 400,300 who traveled last year and the most since Labor Day, 2008. Nationwide, AAA predicts 34.7 million will travel over the long holiday weekend, up 1.3 percent. "This year, Americans say they're more optimistic about their financial situation," said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
7:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

OKC Rally Focuses On Race And Police issues

More than 100 people turned out at the Oklahoma Capitol on Thursday to rally and discuss race-related issues and seek ways to educate themselves and police.

The rally comes in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and subsequent protests. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot to death by a white police officer.

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Caption Contained Racial Slur
5:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Chickasha Police Chief Resigns Over Facebook Post

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A police chief in a central Oklahoma city has resigned after officers called for his resignation over a Facebook post.

Chickasha City Manager Stewart Fairburn says Eddie Adamson resigned from his post as police chief on Wednesday. Adamson had shared a video clip from the movie "Role Models" about ordering coffee that included a racial slur in the caption.

Fairburn says the police chief didn't notice a caption when he shared the post and when it was brought to his attention, he immediately removed it. He says the police chief has apologized to his officers over the post.

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Archbishop Drops Lawsuit
4:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Satanists Return Consecrated Communion Wafer

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The archbishop of Oklahoma City says a communion wafer at the center of a lawsuit has been returned.

Archbishop Paul Coakley filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court against the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and leader Adam Daniels. Coakley alleged that the group and Daniels unlawfully obtained the consecrated host to be used in the mass. A consecrated host is a wafer of bread that Catholics believe is the body and blood of Jesus.

The group of Satanists had planned to use the communion wafer during a "black mass" next month.

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