Politics and Government
6:40 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Judge To Decide Wednesday On How To Bring Veronica To Adoptive Parents

Charleston, South Carolina courthouse
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A South Carolina judge is set to consider how to transfer a girl of Cherokee heritage from her biological father in Oklahoma to the couple seeking to adopt her.

Court records show Matt and Melanie Capobianco have a hearing in family court in Charleston on Wednesday.

The couple has been seeking to adopt the now-3-year-old girl of Cherokee heritage since her birth. The girl's biological father challenged the attempt, saying federal law favored the girl being raised by him.

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Politics and Government
6:23 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

ACLU Accuses Task Force of Impersonating Police Officers

Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks
Credit Oklahoma District Attorneys Council

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is calling for an investigation of a drug task force in Caddo County that uses a private contracting company to help run drug stops of motorists on Interstate 40.

The ACLU asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to launch an investigation on Monday. It also called for charges to be filed against contractors from Desert Snow, who the ACLU says appear to be impersonating police officers in violation of state law.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Military Judge Will Likely Announce Manning Verdict Tuesday

Supporters of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning protest his detention by marching around the perimeter and blocking the gates of Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., on the final day of closing arguments in his military trial Friday.
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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:06 pm

The military judge presiding over the case of Bradley Manning will likely hand down her verdict on Tuesday.

Manning is accused of perpetrating the biggest leak of classified information in the history of the United States. Col. Denise Lind has been deliberating since Friday. The Guardian reports:

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Open Records
1:47 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Norman State Rep. Stiles Wants More Consistency With Court Records

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A state lawmaker frustrated by the Oklahoma court system's hodgepodge of procedures for making court records publicly available online plans to explore the issue during the legislative interim.

Meanwhile, a court official says a $13 million project to make all records available online is moving forward.

State Rep. Aaron Stiles (R-Norman), an attorney, says it's frustrating that court clerks across the state have different policies for what court documents they scan and make available online.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:56 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Engaging In Placemaking

Credit OU Institute for Quality Communities

It can be easy to look at a building like the Devon Tower and understand the dynamics that helped make it possible.

Of course, there is the boom in oil and gas drilling brought on my new technology. And then there are the MAPS projects that invested in Oklahoma City, especially downtown.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Mon July 29, 2013

FBI: Operation Rescues 105 Sexually Exploited Children

A screenshot from video of an FBI sting.
FBI

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:13 pm

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Medical Examiner
8:14 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Backlog Continues At Medical Examiner's Office

Credit Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has a backlog of more than 1,350 cases.

The Tulsa World reported Sunday that the backlog includes 1,180 cases from this year, 165 from 2012 and seven from 2011.

Amy Elliott is chief administrative officer for the state Medical Examiner's Office. She says the agency has made strides to cut down the amount of time spent on cases, but she says the office doesn't have enough room for the people they need to hire.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Mon July 29, 2013

BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

BMW's electric i3 Concept is presented before the Paris Motor Show last September. The car was officially unveiled Monday; purchasers can reportedly opt for using a gas-powered SUV several weeks each year.
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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:37 am

As it unveils its all-electric i3 compact sedan Monday, BMW also plans to offer buyers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks every year, according to reports. The move is part of BMW's efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round, particularly for long family trips.

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Earthquakes
7:47 am
Mon July 29, 2013

More Quakes Hit State

Two small earthquakes rumbled through Oklahoma this weekend.


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Oklahoma Watch
7:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

State Penitentiary Fades As Oklahoma Shifts Inmates To Private Prisons

Entrance to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The warden, Anita Trammell, is the first woman to head the prison.
Credit Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, the oldest prison in the state, has seen its inmate population fall to less than half of what it was five years ago as officials move hundreds of the state’s most dangerous convicts to private prisons.

The decline has been so steep that some state lawmakers, corrections guards and others wonder if “Big Mac,” as it is called, will become home to only Death Row and the execution chamber, or if the prison will eventually be closed.

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