Oklahoma News
12:27 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

House Committee Approves "Right To Try" Bill

State Rep. Richard Morrissette (R-Oklahoma City)
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An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation allowing terminally ill patients access to medications that have received preliminary approval from the Food and Drug Administration but are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

The House Public Health Committee voted 10-0 Wednesday for the Oklahoma Right to Try Act and sent it to the full House for consideration. Oklahoma is among 29 states considering similar bills, which have already been approved in five states.

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World Views
10:49 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Art In Andean Religious Traditions And How It Evolved After Spanish Conquest

University of Arizona Press

Colonization of the Andes and the expansion of Catholicism changed the subjects of the region’s art, but many of the older traditions survived Spain’s settlement of South America.

Pre-Columbian art forms in the Andes often used vivid colors, precious metals, and fine textiles to represent the sacred.

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Politics and Government
8:51 am
Wed February 25, 2015

House Committee Approves Bill Restricting Wind Industry

A wind farm outside of Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

A bill adding new regulations on Oklahoma’s booming wind industry passed a House committee Tuesday. The proposed legislation would place limits on where companies can build new wind farms.

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5:38 am
Wed February 25, 2015

D.C. Bible Museum Will Be Immersive Experience, Organizers Say

Steve Green in the basement of the Washington Design Center, which was recently demolished as part of the construction for the Museum of the Bible. Green and his family, owners of Hobby Lobby, are building the Museum of the Bible.
Andre Chung for The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 5:52 pm

In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:06 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Growing Resistance To Legislation That Could Lead To Cross-State Water Transfers

A fisherman walks up a dry boat dock at Tom Steed Reservoir. The lake is only 24 percent full and supplies water for Altus and other cities nearby.

A bill to study the possibility of moving water from eastern Oklahoma — where it’s abundant — to western Oklahoma — which has been suffering under half a decade of drought — has residents in the east worried about what transferring water out of their area would mean for their own water supply and the tourism so many communities there rely on. 

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Politics and Government
6:50 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Oklahoma Committee Approves Ban On Regulating Gay 'Conversion' Therapy

Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City.
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Legislation to prohibit Oklahoma from regulating the practice of so-called gay conversion therapy has been approved by a state House committee.

Without debate, the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee voted 5-3 and sent the bill to the full House.

In other states, bills have been filed to ban conversion therapy, a range of practices aimed at changing one's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Politics and Government
6:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Chemical Castration Bill Killed By Oklahoma Senate Panel

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A proposal to force certain sex offenders in Oklahoma to undergo chemical castration as a condition of release from prison has failed in a state Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 on Tuesday against the bill by Republican Sen. Mark Allen of Spiro.

Since this week is a deadline for bills to emerge from committee, the measure is likely dead for the session.

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Oklahoma News
5:36 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Mental Health Commissioner Apologizes To Judge Over Treatment Dispute

Terri White, Commissioner, The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Credit ok.gov

State mental health commissioner Terri White has apologized to a judge who threatened to hold her in contempt-of-court because a mentally ill defendant did not get treatment for six months.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that White promised during a meeting Friday that the judge would be notified if competency treatment cannot be provided for a defendant within a reasonable time.

District Judge Ray C. Elliot dismissed a contempt-of-court proceeding against White after the meeting.

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3:39 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

School Voucher Bill Clears Senate Committee

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A bill allowing parents to receive cash subsidies from the state to send their children to private schools has cleared a Senate committee despite bipartisan opposition.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-6 on Tuesday for the bill that is fiercely opposed by education groups, including those representing school boards, administrators and teachers.

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Business and Economy
1:22 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

AAA Oklahoma Says Gas Prices Are Ticking Higher

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The average price for gasoline across Oklahoma is rising and now stands at $2.16 per gallon.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said Tuesday that the price of gas is going up despite falling prices for crude oil.

AAA says the price for a gallon of self-serve regular in Oklahoma is up 3½ cents from last week and is almost 35 cents per gallon more than in late January.

Average prices in selected cities across Oklahoma range from $2.09 per gallon in Idabel to $2.22 in Lawton. The average price in Lawton has risen by 12 cents per gallon in the past week.

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