Oklahoma News
1:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Oklahoma Court: Couple Due $3.1 Million From Jenks

Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma appeals court says a jury was correct to award two landowners $3.1 million for 12.7 acres of undeveloped land acquired for a school expansion.

District Judge Mary Fitzgerald had said the Jenks School District was entitled to a new trial, but the Tulsa World reported Tuesday that the Court of Appeals reversed her decision.

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Moore Tornado
10:03 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Temporary Medical Facility Opens In Moore

Moore, Okla. after the tornado tore through the community May 20. The community's only hospital was destroyed in the storm.
Credit Jamin Yeager / Aerial Oklahoma

A new temporary medical facility is open and serving patients in Moore.

Moore Medical Center opened the temporary facility at noon Monday. The temporary, modular building includes treatment rooms, a triage area, as well as X-ray, CT, ultrasound and lab services.

The city has been without a medical center since the May 20 tornado destroyed the town's hospital. The Norman Regional Hospital Authority has approved a $28.8 million new hospital, but the temporary facility will serve the community for about two years until the permanent center is built.

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Winter Weather
9:11 am
Tue December 3, 2013

UPDATE: Winter Weather Warning Issued For Most Of The State

The National Weather Service encourages residents to prepare for a possible winter storm that could bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says significant amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected over parts of Oklahoma from Thursday morning into Friday afternoon.

Snow and sleet is forecast to most likely occur near and north of a line from Lawton to Norman to Shawnee. South of that line, forecasters say ice is the main concern.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Biden Says U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' About China's Air Defense Zone

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
Toru Yamanaka AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 7:50 am

Kicking off a weeklong trip to East Asia, Vice President Joe Biden urged China and Japan to put in place new mechanisms to reduce the chance of an escalation in tensions.

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It's All Politics
7:41 am
Tue December 3, 2013

How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History

Several same-sex couples hold a group wedding ceremony Monday at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu.
Marco Garcia AP

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 7:59 am

Any day now, the New Mexico Supreme Court may grant same-sex couples the right to get married.

At this point, such a ruling may not seem like such a big deal. Prior to last year's elections, gays and lesbians had a civil right to marry in only six states. Now, they have it in 16.

"This year represented the true tipping point," says Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History. "We've reached a moment in history where it's very difficult, if not impossible, to go back."

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Shots - Health News
7:40 am
Tue December 3, 2013

As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

Syrian boys line up to get the polio vaccine at a refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon, on Nov. 7. The Lebanese government plans to vaccinate all kids under age 5 for the virus, including Syrian refugees.
Mohammad Zaatari AP

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:31 am

The World Health Organization has declared a polio emergency in Syria.

After being free of the crippling disease for more than a decade, Syria recorded 10 confirmed cases of polio in October. Now the outbreak has grown to 17 confirmed cases, the WHO said last week. And the virus has spread to four cities, including a war-torn suburb near the capital of Damascus.

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2,000 and 5,000 Seat Arenas
5:45 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Opening Two New Entertainment Venues

Credit Citizen Potawatomi Nation

An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe is preparing to open two new entertainment venues.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is opening the 2,000-seat Grand Events Center at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort this month to host concerts. It is located just east of Oklahoma City off of Interstate 40. Rodney Carrington will be the first to perform at the new venue. He has performances scheduled for Dec. 27 and 28.

Firelake Arena, a 5,000-seat space, will open in January in Shawnee. It will host concerts, conventions and community events.

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Revenue Collections Down
4:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fallin Tells State Agency Heads To Look For Ways To Save Money

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Gov. Mary Fallin is warning state agency heads to look for ways to save money amid more than $60 million in mandatory spending increases on health care and reports of lackluster collections to the state's general revenue fund.

Fallin said Monday the state will need to make up $60 million in federal matching funds next year for Oklahoma's Medicaid program as a result of an increase in the state's per-capita income.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:49 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Oklahoma No. 2 For Earthquakes In Recent Years, Analysis Shows

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is four years into a “swarm” of unusual earthquakes, and is now the second most seismically active state in the continental United States, an EnergyWire analysis shows.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fate Of Oklahoma Pop Culture Museum Remains Uncertain

An artist's rendering of the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa.
Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

Promoters of a museum dedicated to all things pop culture in Oklahoma plan to once again seek funding from the Legislature, but the fate of the Tulsa-based museum remains uncertain.

The Tulsa World reports the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, or OKPOP, would be a 75,000-square-foot building dedicated to the state's contributions in music, film, television, theater, pop art, comic books, literature and humor.

But state lawmakers have not yet committed to it for the 2015 fiscal year.

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