Faces Four Years To Life
4:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Capt. Randy Harrison Found Guilty

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An Oklahoma police captain has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed teenager who was running away after a scuffle.

Jurors on Tuesday convicted Capt. Randy Trent Harrison of the Del City Police Department in suburban Oklahoma City in the death of Dane Scott Jr.

Harrison told jurors Monday that he had no choice but to shoot Scott on March 14, 2012. Harrison had disarmed Scott during a scuffle but said he believed the 18-year-old was reaching for another handgun.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:16 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

High Methane Emissions In Oklahoma, Neighbors Linked To Oil And Gas

Correlations between propane and CH4 at NOAA/DOE aircraft observation sites in Oklahoma (A) and Texas (B) over 2007–2012. Correlations are higher in these locations than at any other North American sites.
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A new comprehensive study of atmospheric data has found methane gas emissions from the Oklahoma region to be more than twice as high as previously thought. Researchers have linked the greenhouse gas emissions to oil and gas drilling and refining.


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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:55 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

OKC Steps Up Water Conservation Effort, Levying Fines And Giving Skeptics Hope

A grounded boat dock at Canton Lake, where Oklahoma City got billions of gallons of water in early 2013.
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The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust has taken a lot of criticism the past few years over how it’s gone about securing enough water to meet the city’s needs.

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Holiday Travel
1:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Oklahoma Gas Prices Creep Above $3 Per Gallon

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The average price of a gallon of gas in Oklahoma inched above $3 heading into the busy holiday travel week.

AAA Oklahoma says it's the first time since Nov. 4 that unleaded gas averaged more than $3 per gallon in the state. Still, Oklahoma has the second-lowest gas price in the country, only trailing Missouri's average of $2.99 per gallon.

The AAA says the national average price of gas has increased for 14 straight days, jumping 11 cents to an average of $3.29 per gallon on Tuesday.

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Affordable Care Act
11:17 am
Tue November 26, 2013

UPDATE: Supreme Court Will Take Up Hobby Lobby Health Law Dispute

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The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.

(Updated at 4:33 p.m. with a statement from U.S. Rep. James Lankford [R-Okla. 5])

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many

Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 10:16 am

Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," Pope Francis writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.

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Film
10:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Film Festival Returns To Tulsa Home

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A film festival that started in Oklahoma and expanded to include cities like New York and Los Angeles is returning to its roots in Tulsa next month.

The United Film Festival will be held at Tulsa's Circle Cinema on Dec. 6-8. The festival was started by Oklahoma native Jason Connell in 2002. It soon grew to include five additional cities: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.

The Tulsa festival will feature several locally produced films in a variety of genres and formats.

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Native American
8:55 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Jan. 13: Osage Nation Principal Chief Set For Trial

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle
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The Osage Nation Congress has scheduled a Jan 13 trial on proceedings seeking the ouster of Principal Chief John Red Eagle.

The Examiner-Enterprise reports Red Eagle faces removal on charges of malfeasance in office, arrogation of power and for allegedly disregarding his constitutional duties and oath of office. He has also been accused of abuse of the government process and undermining the integrity of the office.

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State Capitol
8:31 am
Tue November 26, 2013

State High Court To Hear Workers' Compensation Lawsuit

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law.

The high court on Monday scheduled arguments for 9 a.m. Dec. 10 in the lawsuit filed by state Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole, Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.

Legislation to overhaul the workers' compensation system was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May. It was a top priority for Republicans who say the previous system was a detriment to business and industry.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Tue November 26, 2013

If You Must Fry A Turkey, Listen To William Shatner First

Don't try this at home: Actor William Shatner in State Farm's Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix video about how to safely fry a turkey.
State Farm

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 10:06 am

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