Native American
1:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

More Legal Trouble Ahead For Father In Cherokee Adoption Case

Dusten Brown with 4-year-old Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Oklahoma’s governor is looking for ways to keep the father of a Cherokee girl from facing charges in South Carolina.

Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, faces felony charges related to his fight to keep custody of his daughter, Veronica. This week, he turned her over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica’s adoptive  parents.

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Around The State
11:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Bond Program Challenge

Credit Provided / State of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to a bond program that would help fund a new office for the state Medical Examiner.

The court says the bond program that has been used by Oklahoma colleges and universities to fund more than $600 million in buildings and projects at campuses across the state over the last decade is constitutional.

The court authorized an application to issue additional bonds. The application includes $38.5 million in bonds to build a new facility for the Medical Examiner's Office at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

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Women's Rights
8:57 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Women Fare 48th In National Study

Red-colored states, including Oklahoma, are the bottom ten in the rankings of how women fare in a variety of indicators.
Credit Center for American Progress

A new analysis ranks Oklahoma 48th in the nation for how women are faring in 36 different economic, leadership and health indicators.

The report was released on Wednesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.,-based non-partisan research and educational institute.

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Affordable Care Act
8:15 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Senators Expected To Split Obamacare Vote

U.S. Capitol Building
Credit dbaron / Flickr Creative Commons

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate is moving toward a test vote Wednesday on an emergency spending bill, despite tea party attempts to stop it.

The bill gets rid of a House measure to "defund" President Barack Obama's health care bill, a defunding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) supports.

Cruz and his allies have been speaking on the Senate floor since Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to delay a vote. When that vote comes, it's likely Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators will find themselves on opposite sides of the tally.

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It's All Politics
7:57 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wednesday Morning Political Mix — Sept. 25, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, worked a rare Senate overnight shift as he kept up a lengthy diatribe against Obamacare (with many digressions.)
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 10:21 am

It's Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, which puts us five days away from a possible federal-government shutdown that would begin Oct. 1 if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill.

So the drama in the Senate over the spending bill leads the day's interesting political items and features Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. At this writing, Cruz was in the last gasps of an anti-Obamacare talkathon. That's where we start:

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Energy
5:52 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Lays Off 86 Workers

Chesapeake Energy's campus in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Chesapeake Energy Corp. reportedly laid off dozens of employees Tuesday as part of an ongoing restructuring under its new chief executive.

In an email to employees of the Oklahoma City-based energy giant, CEO Doug Lawler said 86 employees from several departments lost their jobs.

Lawler said in the email obtained by KWTV-News9 the company "worked hard to ensure that each was treated with integrity and respect throughout this process."

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City Government
4:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Oklahoma City Council Approves MAPS 3 Streetcar Route

Streetcar rendering as part of a presentation of proposed routes for the MAPS 3 project.
Credit Provided / City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a route for the first phase of a streetcar line as part of the MAPS 3 series of projects.

The 4.5-mile route framework connects Bricktown, Midtown, and a future convention center and downtown park also approved as part of MAPS 3.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
3:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Why Protesters Have A Hard Time Making Case Against The Keystone XL Pipeline

Activists in Oklahoma protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline on Sept. 21, 2013.
Credit 350.org / Flickr Creative Commons

A Sept. 21 protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline attracted 74 people who walked a portion of the pipeline’s proposed route, The Journal Record reports.

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

U.N. Must Battle 'Cold Logic Of Mass Graves,' Obama Says

President Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:09 pm

While conceding that nations will disagree about when and how to step in as "tyrants ... commit wanton murder," President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that "we must get better" at preventing atrocities.

The president again laid out his case for strong international action to hold Syrian President Bashar Assad accountable for his regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. Then Obama told world leaders that:

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Shots - Health News
10:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

How Will Exchanges Change Options For Kids' Health Coverage?

I've got some more health care questions for you.
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Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:53 pm

As the scheduled launch of the state health insurance marketplaces on Oct. 1 approaches, many parents have questions about covering their children. Here are a few we got recently.

I am a divorced dad who has responsibility for maintaining my 15-year-old daughter's health insurance. It was easy when I was working and had a corporate health plan. Now that I am retired and covered by Medicare, I am looking for alternatives when the new exchanges open. Can I buy health insurance for just my underage daughter on these new exchanges?

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