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Gay Tribal Members Not Guaranteed Their Own 'Big Fat Creek Wedding'

The majority of tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage. Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality does not apply. Many gay tribal members are struggling to balance celebration for LGBTQ members across the states and the sting that comes with knowing they may not be able to marry within their own nation. Justin and Cherrah Giles both live in and work for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in northeast Oklahoma. They’ve been married for...
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Officials estimate that construction on the planned American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City is still at least two years away from being finished.

An Oklahoma City Council committee on Tuesday also concluded that another year will be needed to install Smithsonian Institution-quality exhibits.

Sample ballots for the June 24 elections in Oklahoma County.
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State officials in Oklahoma and voting rights advocates have announced an agreement to provide more voter registration access toOklahoma citizens and stave off a potential lawsuit over the state's compliance with federal voting laws.

Details of the settlement agreement were released on Thursday by the OklahomaState Election Board and a group that had voiced concerns about Oklahoma'scompliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Students in caps and gowns sitting in rows at a graduation
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Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate has dropped, with low-income students seeing the largest decline, according to the latest data available from the state Department of Education.

The state’s overall graduation rate was 82.7 percent in school year 2013-2014, down from 84.9 percent in 2012-2013, the data show.

Those are the first two years the state has reported graduation rates using a four-year cohort measure being implemented across the nation. The rate represents the percentage of incoming freshmen who earn a high school diploma within four years.

Gov. Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.

SOLAR ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENT’

Lawmakers, local business and community leaders, and workers in hardhats on July 27 gathered beneath a tent to celebrate the opening of a new solar power project in west Oklahoma City.

The guest of honor, Gov. Mary Fallin, arrived in an electric Nissan Leaf and made a few short remarks.

Egg Shortages Caused By Bird Flu Continue

Jul 30, 2015
Prices for shelled eggs at the grocery store have more than doubled in some areas.
Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Even as government officials brace for a recurrence of bird flu this fall, the massive spring outbreak is still affecting food producers.

Kansas City residents, flocking to local favorite Sheridan’s frozen custard stands because of this week’s heat wave, are met with notices that the custard recipe has been changed because of an egg shortage.

Christina Fallin
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Gov. Mary Fallin’s office announced Tuesday her daughter will move her trailer from the governor’s mansion because it violates a state regulation.

In an interview with KFOR-TV’s Linda Cavanaugh, the governor said Christina Fallin is between homes, and moved the trailer onto the property in April.

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Financial institutions are uniting against the U.S. Senate’s six-year transportation bill, including bankers in Oklahoma.

 

Banks are required to buy stocks from the Federal Reserve in order to become members. They receive a six percent interest rate on their investment. The transportation bill would reduce that rate to one-and-a-half percent. The change offsets about $16 billion of highway spending.

 

Oklahoma Bankers Association president and CEO Roger Beverage said that would hurt consumers.

 

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaking during a July 28, 2015 Students for Life rally at the U.S. Capitol.
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Updated July 30, 12:01 p.m.

Republican U.S. Senators discussed legislation Wednesday that would block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood and send those funds to other organizations that provide healthcare services for women.

Planned Parenthood is under scrutiny after videos surfaced that allegedly show doctors talking about selling fetal tissues. The organization’s leadership says Planned Parenthood does not profit from fetal tissue donations. 

Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe eyed the grassy field as the future home of a casino, and a developer purchased the land for the tribe more than a decade ago.

"It will be a good attraction for the whole community here, drawing thousands of people daily but also providing thousands of jobs," says Bill Iyall, the Cowlitz tribal chairman.

Robert Bever
Tulsa County Jail

An Oklahoma city says it will release a recording of the 911 call made from a Broken Arrow home where a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death last week.

In a reversal Tuesday, Broken Arrow City Attorney Beth Anne Wilkening says investigators would provide the information to the media next Tuesday.

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