Primary Elections
12:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Oklahoma Incumbents Look To Avoid A 'Cantor Redux'

(L-R): U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas at the Oklahoma Press Association's congressional delegation panel June 14.
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Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

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NPR Ed
10:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Politics Of The Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his plan to remove Louisiana from tests associated with the Common Core.
Melinda Deslatte AP

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the Common Core State Standards, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.

"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. "We're very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators."

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Health
9:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

First Oklahoma Case Of Chikungunya Virus Confirmed

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says a Tulsa County resident has tested positive for the chikungunya virus, the first confirmed case of the disease in the state.

Chikungunya is not indigenous to Oklahoma or the continental U.S. The Oklahoman resident who tested positive for the virus recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip.

The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. The Health Department urges those considering traveling to any Caribbean island, South America, Africa or southeast Asia take extra precautions against mosquito bites.

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Immigration
8:05 am
Fri June 20, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Introduces Unaccompanied Minors Amendment To FY '15 Defense Bill

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations Act Thursday that would prohibit using military bases to house the recent wave of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in United States.

On Friday, Cole and several other House leaders sent a letter to President Obama opposing his handling of of the situation, and calling on him to deter a rising tide of undocumented immigrants coming over the border.

Cole's Fourth Congressional District includes Fort Sill, where nearly 600 children are being housed - mostly teenagers from Central America detained while trying to enter the United States illegally.

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits

The Obama administration is set to announce expanded federal benefits for same-sex spouses, no matter what state they live in. On Thursday, demonstrators supporting same-sex marriage marched in front of the Supreme Court.
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Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:31 pm

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

The Family Medical Leave Act's benefits will be extend to married same-sex couples in all of the U.S., under a White House announced today. The change comes as the Obama administration alters federal policies to fit the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

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6:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Woody Guthrie Home Renovations On Hold Due To Financial Dispute

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A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy.

The spat began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood salvaged from Guthrie's home in Okemah failed to sell last month on eBay.

Profits from the guitar sales were to go toward reconstruction of the 1860s-era property using lumber saved from the site when it was torn down in the 1970s.

The main players for the rebuild are not speaking and blame each other for the project's indefinite shutdown.

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Immigration
4:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Fallin To Tour Fort Sill Army Barracks Where Immigrant Children Are Housed

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Gov. Mary Fallin is planning to tour Army barracks at Fort Sill where hundreds of immigrant children are being housed by the federal government.

Fallin said she will tour the shelter on Friday at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is overseeing the children's care.

Federal officials said Thursday that 599 children already had arrived at Fort Sill, mostly teenagers from Central America who were detained after trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip

Kevin McCarthy of Calif. arrives with his GOP House allies for leadership elections on Thursday. McCarthy won his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor as the party's majority leader.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 6:14 pm

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET.

Calif. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been chosen by House Republicans to be their next majority leader, taking the place of Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning primary upset earlier this month. Louisiana's Rep. Steve Scalise has been selected to fill the majority whip post left vacant by McCarthy's promotion.

McCarthy defeated Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, a conservative with close ties to the Tea Party, in a secret ballot for the position.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis

President Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House Thursday. Obama said the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq — but that U.S. forces won't engage in combat with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.
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Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:56 pm

President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.

Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict — and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."

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12:27 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

VIDEO: KGOU's Jim Johnson Previews Jazz In June On FOX 25

The 2014 Jazz In June festival gets underway tonight and lasts through Saturday. KGOU's Program Director and Jazz In June program chair Jim Johnson visited the KOKH-TV studios with Norman singer/songwriter Kyle Reid.
Jazz in June starts in Norman, OK and programming chairman Jim Johnson along with musician Kyle Reid stops by to let us know about all the fun the entire family can have!

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