5,000 Patients Exposed To Infectious Diseases
4:14 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Tulsa Oral Surgeon

Dental instruments
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A class action lawsuit has been filed against a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of exposing thousands of his patients to hepatitis and HIV because of unsanitary clinics.

The lawsuit, filed by seven people in Tulsa County District Court, names Wayne Scott Harrington, his corporation, his medical staff and several pharmaceutical companies.

The lawsuit says that the plaintiffs were patients of Harrington's and were exposed to infectious diseases through contaminated propofol vials. Propofol is an anesthetic used if medical procedures.

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State Capitol
11:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Oklahoma Rally Pushes For Better Nursing Home Care

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A group of Democratic lawmakers is hosting a rally and a legislative study on the condition of the state's nursing homes after Oklahoma recently received an "F'' grade in a national ranking of the states.

A rally to improve the condition of the state's nursing homes will begin at noon Wednesday on the south steps of the Capitol.

That will be followed by an afternoon study that will include a presentation from the executive director of Families for Better Care.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

'I Always Reserve The Right' To Act, Obama Says Of Syria

President Obama during his news conference Wednesday in Stockholm.
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Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 11:08 am

Although he says he did not ask Congress to authorize the use of force against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime "as a symbolic gesture," President Obama reiterated Wednesday that "I always reserve the right and responsibility to act on behalf of America's national security."

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Okla. Court Puts Hold On Return Of 'Baby Veronica' To S.C.

An October 2011 photo of "Baby Veronica," provided by her adoptive mother, Melanie Capobianco.
Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 10:54 am

The complicated and emotional case of a Native American girl who was adopted by a couple in South Carolina but has been living for more than 18 months with her biological father in Oklahoma has taken another turn.

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Congress
6:23 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Representatives Oppose Syrian Strike

Congressman Markwayne Mullin
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U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he is unequivocally opposed to U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, including the use of air strikes against the Middle Eastern country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the first-term Republican said it is not the responsibility of the U.S. to get involved in a country's civil war and that neither side in the conflict there have the United States' best interest in mind.

President Barack Obama requested congressional approval for limited military action in Syria over the weekend.

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Won't Process Benefits Requests
3:59 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Texas National Guard Says No To Same-Sex Couples Benefits

The Texas National Guard is refusing to process requests for benefits submitted by same-sex couples because of the state constitution's definition of marriage.

Pentagon officials say Texas is the only state they know of that is turning couples away. Tuesday is the first working day that gays in the military may apply for benefits.

Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the commanding general of Texas Military Forces, sent a letter saying that the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:24 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Sierra Club Report Claims Keystone XL Pipeline Fails Obama’s Climate Test

A worker inspects a segment of the Keystone Pipeline before it's lowered into a trench near Stroud, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

President Obama is still deciding whether to approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would unlock vast supplies of Canadian tar sands oil for the U.S. and global markets.

During a major climate speech in June, Obama reiterated his support for the project, with one stipulation:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:54 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Transmission Gap, In Two Images

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Oklahoma has a lot of wind energy potential, and the state’s overall capacity for wind-powered electricity generation is growing.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Veterans Commit Suicide At Twice The Rate Of Civilians

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Oklahoma veterans and active-duty military personnel are killing themselves at twice the rate of civilians, despite increased efforts to address the problem.

The 2011 suicide rate for soldiers was about 44 per 100,000 population, according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of Oklahoma State Department of Health data. This rate includes active-duty military as well as veterans from the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea and World War II. The civilian rate for people over the age of 18 was about 22 per 100,000.

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Native American
9:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Grants Stay In Baby Veronica Case

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay to keep a 3-year-old Cherokee girl with her biological father.

A docket listing for the state Supreme Court shows that the stay was granted Friday in the case of 3-year-old Veronica.

Her biological father, Dusten Brown, has been fighting a South Carolina couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, for custody of the girl for years.

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