Drought
1:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Altus Awards Contract To Find New Water Source

The Tom Steed Reservoir has served as Altus' primary water source since the 1970s.
Credit gmeador / Flickr Creative Commons

Altus leaders have approved a $109,000 contract for a Texas firm to seek additional water sources for the city. 

The city wants a new source to reduce its dependence on the Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County, which has served as the city's primary water source since the 1970s. The Lawton Constitution reports the city has implemented water-use restrictions because of dropping lake levels.

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Politics and Government
10:23 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Court: 'Baby Veronica' To Live With White Adoptive Parents

This October 2011 photo of "Baby Veronica," provided by her adoptive mother, Melanie Capobianco, shows Veronica trick-or-treating.
Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 10:55 pm

South Carolina's highest court on Wednesday ruled that "Baby Veronica," the 3-year-old central figure in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Indian Child Welfare Act, should be returned to the white couple that agreed to adopt her before her birth, and not her Native American father, who later claimed his parental rights.

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Veterans Affairs
10:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Plea Deal In Works For Veterans Center Worker

The Oklahoma Veterans Memorial in Oklahoma City.
Credit carletaorg / Flickr Creative Commons

A defense attorney says an Oklahoma prosecutor is offering a plea deal to a former physician assistant at the Claremore Veterans Center charged in the neglect-related deaths of two elderly patients.

Trevor Reynolds, who represents 60-year-old Kenneth Adams, says the offer was made Wednesday at a hearing in the case in Rogers County District Court. Reynolds declined to disclose the plea offer and says he first needs to discuss it with his client.

The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Mykel Fry, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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State Capitol
9:33 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Senate Leader Supports Special Session

Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman listens as Sen. Clark Jolley debates a bill during the final days of the 2013 regular legislative session.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Governor Mary Fallin says she's discussing a possible special session to resurrect a lawsuit reform bill that was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the leader of the Senate says he supports the plan.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said Wednesday he supports the idea of a one-week special session "the sooner the better." House Speaker T.W. Shannon said through a spokesman that he would defer to the governor.

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State Capitol
8:52 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Lawmaker To Examine "Stand Your Ground" Law

State Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City
Credit Oklahoma House

A Democratic lawmaker from Oklahoma City says he intends to convene an interim study in the fall to conduct a review of the state's so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law and open carry laws.

Rep. Mike Shelton said Wednesday he wants to bring together members from law enforcement, the mental health community and others to examine if Oklahoma firearms laws "best suit our needs and our situation."

Based on Florida's law, Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground" law essentially allows law abiding citizens who are attacked in public to use deadly force if they feel threatened.

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Shots - Health News
2:17 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tuberculosis Outbreak Shakes Wisconsin City

Dale Hippensteel, manages the Sheboygan County health department.
Jeffrey Phelps For NPR

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:45 am

Looking crisp and official in his khaki-colored sheriff's department polo shirt, Steve Steinhardt says Sheboygan, Wis., is a pretty good place to be a director of emergency services.

"Nothing bad happens here," he says, knocking on wood. Unless, that is, you count the tuberculosis outbreak that struck the orderly Midwestern city of 50,000 this spring and summer.

"I never expected TB to be one of the bigger emergencies I'd face when I got into this field," Steinhardt says.

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Parallels
2:15 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

Pinto leads protesters in song during anti-austerity demonstrations. "I'm just a normal citizen," she says. "I just have this strong instinct of protecting what I love, and I do deeply love my country."
Courtesy of Ana Maria Pinto

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:45 am

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World
6:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Rape Victim Spots Attacker in Restaurant

Oklahoma City police say a rape victim being interviewed by an officer at a restaurant was able to see the suspect arrested when he walked through the door.

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Politics and Government
6:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Court Awards American Indian Child to SC Couple

South Carolina's highest court has ruled that an American Indian child who's at the center of a custody suit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court should be returned to the Charleston-area couple seeking to adopt her.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Congress Debates Taking A Step Back From The Mortgage Market

The government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae (seen in 2010) and Freddie Mac in 2008, during the worst of the housing crisis.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 6:11 pm

The mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got hit so hard by the housing crisis that they required a massive federal rescue. Now lawmakers are looking to scale back the two entities' role — and the government's — in the mortgage market.

The Senate Banking Committee is expected to vote Thursday on President Obama's nominee to head the agency that oversees Fannie and Freddie.

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