Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
4:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most respected statesmen, died Thursday at 95.
Denis Farrell AP

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 10:57 am

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.

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Winter Storm
3:52 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Oklahoma Under State Of Emergency

Traffic is at a crawl along southbound I-235 just north of the Dallas junction late Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say travel will be particularly dangerous overnight into Friday.
Credit Elizabeth Gwartney

All 77 of Oklahoma's counties are under a state of emergency. Gov. Mary Fallin issued the order Thursday afternoon as icy roads and frigid temperatures moved in to the state.

A statement from the governor's office says emergency managers encouraged Fallin to declare the state of emergency before the full brunt of the storm arrives.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say most of the snow and ice will fall in Oklahoma Thursday night into Friday.

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State Capitol
3:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Former Sen. Leftwich Guilty In Bribery Case

Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Credit Oklahoma Senate

A former Democratic state senator has been found guilty for her role in a bribery scheme and received a one-year suspended sentence.

Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich on Thursday waived her right to a jury trial and was found guilty by District Judge Cindy Truong of accepting a thing of value to withdraw as a candidate for office.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Leftwich will be allowed to appeal her felony conviction based on the defense theory that she was technically not a candidate for office.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New Study Suggests Much Larger Methane Emissions From Oklahoma And Neighbors

A scientist at the Southern Great Plains research facility in Lamont, Okla., transfers air samples to a flask for transport back to a lab.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

A new study of atmospheric methane in the United States suggests much higher levels than previously thought. The new data raises questions about the impact of natural gas production in Oklahoma and neighboring states, where emission estimates have more than doubled.

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Winter Storm
11:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Winter Storm Update From Norman Forecast Office

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service


A winter storm warning remains in effect for much of Oklahoma until 6 p.m. Friday. An ice warning is in effect for south central and southeastern portions of Oklahoma.

After a brief lull, a second round of precipitation will begin Thursday evening spreading southwest to northeast.

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State Capitol
11:31 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Yukon State Senator Not Seeking Re-Election

State Sen. Rob Johnson (R-Yukon)
Credit Oklahoma State Senate

A Republican state senator from Yukon says he won't seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2014.

Sen. Rob Johnson said Thursday he plans to leave the Legislature to spend more time with his family and focus on building his law practice in downtown Oklahoma City.

Johnson's Senate Dist. 22 seat includes most of the cities of Yukon, Piedmont and Deer Creek, along with parts of far west Edmond and Oklahoma City. It was previously held by his father, Republican Sen. Mike Johnson of Kingfisher.

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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Ford Hopes New Mustang Will Get The World's Motor Running

The new 2015 Ford Mustang was unveiled Thursday. The car's new design includes features that are geared toward global markets.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 11:19 am

Ford unveiled its new Mustang on Thursday, in a splashy event that was undermined a bit by leaked photos that showed the new model's design. And the Mustang will be sold around the globe for the first time since the car was introduced nearly 50 years ago.

From Michigan Radio, Tracy Samilton filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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State Capitol
10:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Oklahoma's State Technology Leader Leaving For Oregon

Alex Pettit
Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma's first chief information officer who helped lead a consolidation of the state's computer and information technology systems is leaving to take a similar post in Oregon.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday that Oklahoma's CIO Alex Pettit will leave his post on Jan. 4. Pettit was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry in 2010 after the Legislature passed a law authorizing the position to oversee Oklahoma'sinformation and technology operations.

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Winter Storm
10:13 am
Thu December 5, 2013

It's Almost Here: Winter Storm Pushing Into Oklahoma

A winter storm will affect the area with two waves of precipitation Thursday and early Friday. The freezing rain in southeast Oklahoma will cause an ice storm with 1/4 to 3/4 inch accumulation.
Credit Norma Forecast Office / National Weather Service


A strong winter storm pushing its way across the region is already leading to the  closing of schools,  holiday and many other activities.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association has pushed high school football playoff games to next week.


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Prescription Drugs
9:45 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Prescription Discounts Available For Some Needy Oklahomans

Credit James Martin / Flickr

Cards that provide a discount on prescription medications for the needy in Oklahoma will be offered through a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

The food bank announced the partnership with Watertree Health in which every person served by the food bank will be given a free Regional Food Bank Prescription card.

Food bank officials say the card is good for discounts on both brand name and generic prescriptions and is accepted at a variety of outlets and pharmacies that fill prescriptions.

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