Oklahoma Dept. Of Mines
4:12 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Grant Money Will Pay For Federal Training And Retraining Of Miners

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The Oklahoma Department of Mines has been chosen to receive a nearly $108,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mining Safety and Health Administration.

The $107,800 grant was announced Thursday.

The money is to be used to provide federally required training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

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Oklahoma Watch
3:11 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Governor, State Did Apply for Obamacare Grant

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Gov. Mary Fallin has applied to participate in an Affordable Care Act program designed to help states develop innovative models for delivering care and reducing costs for participants in Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

In a story posted on July 31, Oklahoma Watch reported inaccurately that the state had chosen not to participate in the State Innovation Models grant program. The inaccuracy was caused by a series of miscommunications between Oklahoma Watch and the governor’s office. Oklahoma Watch regrets the error.

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Potentially Fatal
12:58 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Second Human Case Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Oklahoma

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Health officials in Tulsa have confirmed a second human case of the potentially fatal West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year.

The Tulsa Health Department confirmed the case on Thursday. The first confirmed case was in July in Major County.

Few details about the persons infected have been released, other than the person infected in Major County is over the age of 50. A Tulsa County health official did not immediately return a phone call seeking further comment.

There were 84 cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma last year, including eight deaths.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:49 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Other States Have Outsize Influence In Oklahoma’s Scenic River Protection Policy

Bob Deitrick of Owasso stands along the banks of the Upper Illinois River at the Round Hollow public access point north of Tahlequah, Okla. The headwaters of this river are in Arkansas.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

This is part two of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part one is available here.

Bob Deitrick checks the snaps on his bright orange life vest, crouches and checks all the gear one last time. The Owasso father’s son and his two friends are behind him, impatiently paddling in circles.

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Entertain Your Week With Storytelling, An Art Festival And The Cameraman

Professional storyteller Donald Davis in the midst of a performance.
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The Arts Council of Oklahoma City (ACOKC) entertains metro-area audiences for the 34th consecutive year with the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival. The event runs from Thursday, August 21 through Saturday, August 23 at the Oklahoma History Center.

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Elections
7:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Early Voting Starts Thursday In Primary Runoff

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Early voting begins Thursday in runoffs that feature two statewide races for Democratic voters and runoffs for both parties in the 5th District U.S. House contest. 

Democrats will choose nominees in a U.S. Senate race and for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Several state House and Senate contests are also on the ballot.

eCapitol's Shawn Ashley told KGOU's Ben Fenwick it's the first time Oklahoma has had statewide races in a runoff in August, and that could affect voter turnout. 

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Oklahoma Banking Commissioners
9:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Banking Board Not Planning Any New Legislation And Up For Accreditation

Chairman Mick Thompson, Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Banking Department
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Banking Commissioner Mike Thompson said during the Wednesday meeting that the board is not expecting any substantial or correlating bills that will impact upon the entity.

“We don’t see, unless the OBA (Oklahoma Bankers Association) has something, that we may have a very complex bill, if any this session,” said Thompson.

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Delware and Pawnee Nations
8:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Park Service Awards Grants To Two Oklahoma Tribes

Flag of the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma
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Two Native American tribes in Oklahoma have received grants to assist in the return of human remains and cultural objects.

The National Park Service awarded the Delaware Nation more than $87,000 and the Pawnee Nation more than $12,000. Projects that can be funded under the grants include consultations to identify individuals and cultural items, training, digitizing records and preparation and transport of items back to the tribes.

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Retirement Systems
8:11 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

State Retirement Systems Have Varying Rates of Return and Service Fees

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Treasurer Ken Miller suggested Wednesday two state pension systems should look at their largest counterparts for ways to generate higher returns with lower fees.

Miller, who chairs the Oklahoma State Pension Commission, noted during its meeting Wednesday that the Police Pension and Retirement System and the Firefighters Pension and Retirement System paid significantly higher investment management and consultant fees and reported lower investment returns than the Teachers Retirement System and the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System. 

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Elections
7:27 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Gubernatorial Debate Scheduled For October 2

Joe Dorman and Mary Fallin
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OETA and the Oklahoma League of Women Voters in partnership with Oklahoma State University will be the host site for a state gubernatorial debate between Republican incumbent Mary Fallin and Democratic challenger Joe Dorman on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

The one-hour debate will be held at the OSU Student Union Theater in Stillwater. Both Fallin and Dorman are graduates of Oklahoma State University.

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