Oklahoma News
7:47 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Oklahoma High Court Takes OPUBCO Case Over Sealed Records

Oklahoma CIty Councilman Ed Shadid
Credit Provided / City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to take jurisdiction of a case by the parent company of The Oklahoman that seeks sealed divorce records of Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid.

The court said in a Monday order that the Oklahoma Publishing Company has the right to pursue records that a lower court sealed and that it is likely a similar case could arise again.

The court says the judge in the case agreed in 2007 to a joint motion by Shadid and his ex-wife to seal the record.

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The Two-Way
3:53 am
Tue December 10, 2013

WATCH: Local Coverage Of Mandela's Memorial Service

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 11:29 am

Thousands of mourners and dozens of world leaders gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa this morning to celebrate the life of the late Nelson Mandela.

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"Far From Reality"
6:19 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Satanic Statue Not Coming To Capitol

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Legislative leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to ease public concern over a plan by a group of Satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.

Both House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested Monday that such a plan was far from a reality. Members of the committee that would need to approve the monument sounded skeptical.

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Would Ensure Public Access
4:13 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Closed Recreation Areas To Be Leased Out

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U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering leasing some recreation areas in eastern Oklahoma that were closed earlier this year because of budget shortfalls.

Mullin told the Muskogee Phoenix that leasing the areas would ensure public access. He said the Corps plans a meeting in mid-January to announce the procedures to submit proposals to lease the areas.

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Here & Now
3:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Newtown Decides Against Shooting Anniversary Event

Photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sit at a small memorial near the school on January 14, 2013, in Newtown, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:55 am

Residents of Newtown, Conn., have decided against a public commemoration to mark the first anniversary this coming Saturday of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six educators dead.

Instead, the town is endorsing a “year of service” and is asking residents to put a candle in their window on Dec. 14, the day of the shooting, to show their commitment to the idea of service to each other.

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It's All Politics
1:31 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Secret's Out: Obama Acknowledges Existence Of Area 51

The Extraterrestrial Highway, so named because of reports of UFO activity along the road, runs along the eastern border of the top-secret Area 51 base in Nevada.
LAURA RAUCH AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:48 pm

At one time, Area 51 was one of the most famous military installations in the world — a place widely talked about, yet so secret that the U.S. government refused to confirm its existence.

That's why President Obama's reference to the southern Nevada base Sunday raised eyebrows. It marked the first time a U.S. commander in chief has publicly acknowledged the facility that fueled countless conspiracy theories.

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Oklahoma News
12:18 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Saddam Hussein Exhibit On Display In Oklahoma City

Saddam Hussein speaking at his trial, July 2004.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

The Oklahoma History Center is slated to unveil a special Saddam Hussein exhibit to mark the 10th anniversary of the former Iraqi dictator's capture.

Among the highlights of the display in Oklahoma City is a European-tailored service uniform worn by Hussein.

The exhibit— which also includes firearms and other items— will go on full display at the center later this month. It's open to the public.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Sticking To Mission: The National Guard's Response To The Moore Tornado

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen respond to the Moore tornado on May 20, 2013.
Credit The National Guard

In the hours after the tornado tore through Moore back in May, nearly 400 National Guardsmen went to the scene to search for survivors, clear roads and watch for looters. One of those soldiers was Major Dave Mackey. 

“I had an aunt and uncle that they lost everything. As a matter of fact, I didn't even go over there for many days just 'cause I didn't know how it would make me feel,” he said.

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Politics
7:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Will Obamacare Play Big In 2014? Keep An Eye On N.H. Senate Race

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Capitol Hill earlier this year.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:54 am

With a new White House push to promote the Affordable Care Act well underway, the question is whether an improved HealthCare.gov site and onslaught of positive talking points will be enough to bolster Senate Democrats facing tough races in 2014.

One re-election fight to watch is Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's in New Hampshire, where she's been taking heat for supporting the new health care law.

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NPR Story
6:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter

Reed Holway spent 13 months in Iraq. He says PTSD brought on a drinking problem when he returned to the States — and that eventually led to a bad-conduct discharge. Vets with "bad paper" have trouble getting any VA health benefits — even for PTSD.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 10:21 am

Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.

None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."

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