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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Planet Money
3:36 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

The Federal Reserve, home of the Beige Book.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

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

The Beige Book is weird. It's an economic report released by the Federal Reserve every few months, but it doesn't have many numbers in it. Mostly, it's a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country. A Fed economist once described it as the "Ask Your Uncle" approach to figuring out what's going on in the economy.

In the Beige Book released today, for example, we learned that:

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Politics and Government
12:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Coffee Chosen As General Counsel For State Chamber

Glenn Coffee
Credit Oklahoma Secretary of State

Former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee has been named the new general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma. 

The chamber said Wednesday that Coffee's legal and legislative background make him a good fit for the position. As general counsel, he will provide legal advice for the chamber and serve as a member of its board of directors.

The group lobbies for pro-business reforms and initiatives throughout the state.

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