2:40 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Oklahoma City In Top 5 "Hot" U.S. Cities

Lead in text: 
Coming in at number four in a list from "The Daily Beast," Oklahoma City finds itself seven spots in front of Dallas, and below top contenders including Austin, TX, New Orleans and Houston.
A city at its best, wrote the philosopher Rene Descartes, provides "an inventory of the possible." The city Descartes had in mind was 17 th century Amsterdam, which for him epitomized those cities where people go to change their circumstances and improve their lives.
StateImpact Oklahoma
2:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Oil Billionaire Harold Hamm To Lead AG Pruitt’s Re-Election Campaign

Harold Hamm is a major Republican donor, and he served as candidate Mitt Romney’s chief energy adviser during the 2012 presidential race.
Credit Continental Resources

Oil billionaire Harold Hamm, the CEO and Chairman of Oklahoma energy giant Continental Resources has been tapped to lead state Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s re-election campaign.

The Associated Press reports:

Pruitt described Hamm as a “dedicated businessman, visionary, and icon here in Oklahoma.”

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Private Prisons
1:54 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Looking At A Half-Decade Of Private Prison Growth In Oklahoma

How the number of Oklahoma inmates in private prisons has grown over the years.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

At the July Oklahoma Department of Corrections board meeting, officials announced the approval of moving 310 more Oklahoma inmates to the Cimarron Correctional Facility, a private prison in Cushing.

The move was just the latest in a recent shift of state inmates to three private prisons in Oklahoma. Since July 2008, the number of Oklahoma inmates in private prisons has grown by 32 percent, from 4,264 to 5,625 in July 2013.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Investigators: Train Conductor Was On Phone During Spain Crash

Flowers pay tribute to the victims of the train that crashed in northwestern Spain last week. The driver of the train was on the phone and traveling at nearly twice the speed limit, according to court papers.
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:18 pm

The driver of a Spanish train that derailed and killed 79 people was speaking on the phone and had taken the train to nearly twice the speed allowed on the stretch of track where the crash occurred, according to court investigators who reviewed the train's "black box" recorders.

After reaching speeds of 119 miles per hour, train conductor Francisco Jose Garzon Amo tried to slow the train down "seconds before the crash," according to an Associated Press report on the court's preliminary findings, which were released Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning Not Guilty Of 'Aiding The Enemy'

Army Private Bradley Manning, center, leaves the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:47 pm

This post was last updated at 6:42 p.m. ET.

Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who perpetrated the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case in Fort Meade, Md., found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.

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State Capitol
10:33 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Oklahoma Speaker On Israel Trip

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon
Credit Oklahoma House

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) was among a group of U.S. delegates and state legislators to visit Israel last week organized by the group the American Israel Friendship League.

According to the nonprofit’s website, the AIFL is “dedicated to promoting and strengthening the relationship between the people of the United States and Israel.”

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Lottery
9:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

State Lottery Proceeds Exceed Estimates

The Powerball logo from the Oklahoma Lottery.
Credit Oklahoma Lottery Commission

The head of the Oklahoma Lottery says proceeds for education exceeded projections by $12 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Rollo Redburn announced Monday the lottery's total contribution to the state was $70.1 million over the year. That's more than the projected $57.5 million.

Redburn said it was the fourth consecutive fiscal year that total the gambling collections outpaced projections, including $12.4 million more than the estimate in the 2012 fiscal year.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Taliban Attack Frees At Least 175 From Pakistani Prison

Pakistani policemen stand outside the central prison after an overnight attack in Dera Ismail Khan. Officials say Taliban insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners, including hard-line militants.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:25 am

Scores of prisoners were freed from a prison in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, after Taliban militants armed with explosives and automatic weapons reportedly stormed the facility. At least nine people, including five guards, died in gun battles and other violence at the prison, according to multiple news outlets.

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9:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

NPR’s Scott Simon Takes Twitter To A New Frontier: His Mother’s Hospital Bed

Lead in text: 
NPR's Scott Simon's mother passed away Monday evening, and the veteran host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" used Twitter to chronicle her final days with poignancy, grace, humor, and love.
On July 23, Scott Simon, the longtime host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, posted a tweet to his 1.2 million followers: "I just want to say that ICU nurses are remarkable people. Thank you for what you do for our loved ones." The tweet immediately preceding that one was about Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun.
Shots - Health News
8:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Unfortunately, that CT scan probably won't help.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:18 am

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

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