Oklahoma News
4:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Fallin Gives Work Comp Commission Opportunity To Improve After A Request For Their Resignation

Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission
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Governor Mary Fallin is not asking the three members of the Workers Compensation Commission to resign but will give them time to work toward their goals, according to her spokesman.

“At this time, the governor has asked the commissioners to work hard to reduce the case backlog and deliver on the promise of a more fair, efficient and effective workers' compensation system. She is giving them the opportunity to work hard towards those goals,” Alex Weintz, Fallin’s spokesman, said in an email Tuesday.

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Begins Friday Through Sept. 1
6:10 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

National Crack Down On Drunk Drivers For Labor Day Holiday

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Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are joining a national campaign intended to crack down on drunken drivers through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins Friday and runs through Sept. 1.

Officials say officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and arresting anyone who is caught driving while impaired.

The highway patrol says that, on average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related death every 51 minutes across the country.

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Charged In Federal Court
4:24 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tulsa Man Threatens Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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A 31-year-old Tulsa man has been charged in federal court with threatening to kill U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and harm the Nevada lawmaker's family.

In the 10-page complaint announced Tuesday, prosecutors allege that Charles Jason Moreland sent expletive-filled emails to Reid in April, declaring that he was "a dead man."

Moreland also allegedly wrote to Reid that if he ever "steps foot out of D.C. he will be done," and added in the message that the Democrat needed to resign immediately "or face stern, harsh, unimaginable consequences to him and his family."

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Remembrances
2:15 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Robin Williams: In Looking For Laughs, 'You Have To Be Deeply Honest'

Comedian and actor Robin Williams performs at the CBS Upfront presentation in New York City on May 15, 2013.
Jeffrey R. Staab CBS/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:45 pm

Comedian and actor Robin Williams says a woman once came up to him in an airport and said: "Be zany."

"Pardon?" he asked.

"Be zany," she insisted.

"It's that thing — they want you to be that thing," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2006. "And it's like, 'No.' Sometimes it's fun, and I'll play if the moment's right, if there's an opportunity. And if not, I'll talk straight with you."

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Weather and Climate
9:33 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Storm Forecasters Adding Extra Layers To Warnings

The Day 1 Convective Outlook - August 12, 2014
Storm Prediction Center National Weather Service

The Storm Prediction Center is adding two threat levels to its U.S. weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes, hail or high winds.

Beginning Oct. 22, forecasters can say whether slight risk days are "enhanced" or "marginal." Other categories remain, including "high" and "moderate."

The Norman, Oklahoma-based center proposed the change after finding that some days had conditions worse than a "slight risk" but not as bad as a "moderate risk."

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Health
8:18 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Medical Examiner's Office Gains New Staff, Seeks Path To Reaccreditation

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State officials with the medical examiner’s office say they are one step closer to reaccreditation under the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) with the hiring of two new staff members. 

Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the medical examiner’s office, told the Board of Medicolegal Investigations last week that two new full-time forensic pathologies have joined the state. Dr. Cheryl Niblo joined the Tulsa office in July and Dr. Clay Nichols will join the Oklahoma City home office in September.

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Open Records
6:59 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Fallin Releases 31 Previously Withheld Documents

Gov. Mary Fallin has released 31 documents that her administration previously withheld involving her administration's decision to reject a state health insurance exchange under the federal health care law.

Fallin said in a statement that even though a judge ruled she could withhold certain emails, she decided to waive that right because she is "committed to transparency."

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Processed 1,861 Minors
4:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Fort Sill Temporary Facility For Immigrant Children Closed

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A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says more than 1,800 unaccompanied minor children were processed through Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma before the facility was closed last week.

Spokesman Kenneth Wolfe for HHS' Administration for Children and Families says 1,861 minors were processed through Fort Sill. The temporary shelter opened in June and its operations were closed last Wednesday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Woman Injured In 2011 Earthquake Suing Disposal Well Operators

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The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague, Okla., in November 2011 toppled Sandra Ladra’s chimney, raining rocks “on her lap and legs.”

Ladra on Aug. 4 filed a lawsuit against energy companies that operate disposal wells she claims caused the quake. She is seeking $75,000 in actual damages plus punitive damages, the Journal Record‘s D. Ray Tuttle reports.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:15 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Coburn Addresses Leadership, Gaza, Ebola, Marijuana At Final Oklahoma City Town Hall

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) speaks to the crowd during the August 4 town hall at Oklahoma City Community College.
Roman Burleson U.S. Senate

In January, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) surprised political observers and constituents when he announced he would step down with two years left on his second term.

The state’s junior Republican – who’s also a practicing physician – has earned the nickname “Dr. No” for being one of the chamber’s most ardent budget and debt hawks.

Coburn will return to private life at the end of the current session before the first of the year, and throughout August he’s holding his final series of town hall meetings across Oklahoma.

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