8:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Fallin-Led Panel Seeks Fix For Legislative Budget

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin will decide how to handle a $7.9 million hiccup in the state budget that was approved by lawmakers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Oklahoma Board of Equalization will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss a recent opinion by Attorney General Scott Pruitt that says the Legislature's decision to divert about $7.9 million from a college scholarship program was unconstitutional. The diverted revenue was part of a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that funds most state government functions for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Study: Climate Change Challenges Oklahoma’s Temperature-Sensitive Economy

Future temperature changes pose serious risks to the climate-sensitive agricultural and energy industries in Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, a new study on the business and economic effects of climate change concludes.

Oklahoma's average summer temperature range is expected to increase from 81.7-83.58°F to 87.0-93.51°F from 2020 to 2099, the report predicts.

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Native American
5:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Last Native American Survivor Of Bataan Death March Dies

Credit Bill Cook / Flickr.com

A 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oklahoma who received his Prisoner of War Medal and other honors last fall after a decades-long wait has died.

The Muscogee Creek Nation says tribal member Phillip Coon died Monday in Tulsa. Coon traveled to Japan in October and received an apology from Japanese government officials for treatment he received during the war.

Coon was the last remaining Native American survivor of the Bataan Death March, where tens of thousands of soldiers were forced on a 65-mile trek by the Japanese military.

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Death Penalty
4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

21 Death Row Inmates Sue To Not Be Executed Under Current Procedures

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A group of Oklahoma death row inmates are asking a federal judge to halt their executions, claiming in a lawsuit that the state's death penalty procedure is unconstitutional and that state officials are experimenting with inmates' lives.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, 21 death row inmates asked a judge to disallow any attempt to execute them under the current procedures. The lawsuit contends the state's current lethal injection protocol presents a risk of "severe pain, needless suffering and a lingering death."

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses a crowd during a rally at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Sandy, Utah, in April. Herbert reiterated his support of the state's same-sex marriage ban, which was struck down Wednesday by a federal panel.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:11 pm

This post updated at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Utah and Indiana are the latest states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal court, following rulings in both states Wednesday that found the prohibition unconstitutional.

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Oklahoma Plaintiffs "thrilled" about decision
12:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Utah's Ban On Gay Marriage Found Unconstitutional

Credit Bloody Marty / Flickr.com

One of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit for the right to marry in Oklahoma is heralding the decision by a federal appeals court finding Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Wednesday's decision from a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah's gay marriage ban. The panel immediately put on the ruling on hold so it could be appealed, either to the entire 10th Circuit or directly to the nation's highest court.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says

Aereo.com, a Web service that provides television shows online, is shown on an iPhone on April 22. The company lost a Supreme Court case Wednesday, as the justices ruled it violates copyright law.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 11:18 am

Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court's 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has been a hotly contested issue.

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Primary Elections
8:07 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lankford Win Highlights Stunning Rise To Power

U.S. Rep. James Lankford during a December 2011 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
RepLankford Flickr Public Domain

U.S. Rep. James Lankford's victory over a well-funded tea party challenger highlights a stunning rise to power for a 46-year-old who was a church camp director and political unknown just four years ago.

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Primary Elections
10:19 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Hiett Wins Oklahoma Corporation Commission Seat

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Todd Hiett speaking to fellow state legislators in 2004.
Oklahoma Legislative Services Bureau

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Todd Hiett has been elected to an open six-year term on the state's corporation commission.

Hiett defeated fellow Republican Cliff Branan in Tuesday's primary election, which was a winner-take-all contest because no Democrats or independents filed for the position.

The commission's three-member panel oversees the oil and natural gas industry and public utilities in the state.

Hiett became the first Republican House speaker in recent history when the GOP took control of the chamber in 2004.

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10:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Hofmeister Defeats Incumbent Barresi, To Face Either Deskin Or Cox

Joy Hofmeister
Credit Provided

Former state Education Board member Joy Hofmeister has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma state school superintendent.

Hofmeister defeated incumbent Janet Barresi and challenger Brian Kelly in Tuesday's primary election. She'll face one of four Democrats in the running for that party's nomination.

Barresi was first elected to office in 2010 at the height of the tea party movement and vowed to reform the state's public education system.

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