First Degree Murder Conviction Reversed
6:18 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Death Row Inmate To Be Tried...Again

10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado
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A federal appeals court has reversed the first-degree murder conviction of an Oklahoma death row inmate convicted in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old woman 16 years ago.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial Monday for 45-year-old Sterling B. Williams. A three-judge panel of the Denver-based court ruled that jurors at his 1999 trial in Tulsa County should have been instructed to consider convicting Williams of the lesser crime of second-degree murder, which is not punishable by death.

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Teacher Pay Raise Questioned
4:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Method For Teacher Pay Raise Questioned By State Lawmakers

Neon Dollar Sign
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Two state legislators who oversee funding for common education in Oklahoma say they have concerns about state Superintendent Janet Barresi's proposal to fund $2,000 annual teacher raises from local district carry-over funds.

Republican Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. Jim Halligan both said Monday they support an effort to increase teacher pay, but that it would be difficult for the Legislature to come up with the $100 million needed to fund the plan each year.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Plague Of Vicious Pigs Has ‘Invaded’ Oklahoma

Feral pigs at night.
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Oklahoma’s environment is under attack.

Crops, pastures, trees and wildlife habitats are being threatened. Even cemetery headstones are in the line of fire, Reuters reports.

The Pig Army has declared war on Oklahoma, and farmers and ranchers are doing their best to fight back. But the ranks of this battalion of wild boars aren’t filled with pot-bellies, the news services’ Kevin Murphy reports:

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Native American
12:27 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Lawyer: Adoptive Parents Can't See Cherokee Girl

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Court documents show a lawyer appointed to look out for the best interests of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute has asked a judge to suspend visitation rights for her adoptive parents.

Angel Smith filed a motion in Cherokee County District Court in Oklahoma on Friday asking the judge to suspend the right for Matt and Melanie Capobianco to see 3-year-old Veronica pending a hearing.

The Capobiancos have filed a motion objecting to the stay.

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10:36 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hay Prices Stay High

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Colorado ranchers won't be getting a break on hay prices despite recent rains.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says prices have increased about 54 percent in the last five years, from $6.50 a bale to $10 a bale.

According to the Denver Post, demand from states like Texas and Oklahoma is pushing hay prices up because ranchers in those states are buying up Colorado supplies at a premium.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools
10:34 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Lopez Taking Over Oklahoma City Public Schools

Dave Lopez
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The Oklahoma City Public Schools has a new superintendent, at least temporarily. The school board voted unanimously this morning to hire Dave Lopez as the interim superintendent for the state's largest school district.

His salary was set at $160,000. Lopez is currently Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and worked as a telephone company executive before entering public service.

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Criminal Justice
10:01 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Affect Oklahoma Cases

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Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say five to eight cases may be affected by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's proposal to change federal sentencing policies.

Earlier this month, Holder told federal prosecutors to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Danny Williams Sr., the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, says a review of pending drug prosecutions showed that up to eight cases could be affected.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Former Legislative Leaders Talk Oklahoma Politics

Kris Steele and Andrew Rice

The Oklahoma political landscape has undergone a major shift to the Republican side of the scale in the last 15 years.

With super GOP majorities in the state House and Senate, and with every statewide elective office in Republican hands, the Democrats have become a definite minority party.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Did Miley Cyrus 'Flirt With Bad Taste' Or Dive Right In?

Singers Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York.
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Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 10:33 am

You may have to turn off your television today if you wish to avoid seeing clips of one-time squeaky clean Disney star Miley Cyrus as she "twerked and gyrated, stripped and swayed," Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

'Fire Tracker': Online Tool To Monitor Blaze Near Yosemite

Some of the flames Saturday as the "Rim Fire" spread near Northern California's Yosemite National Park.
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Hundreds of firefighters are "digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets," The Associated Press writes Monday morning in its latest update on the huge "Rim Fire" that is threatening some of the power and water services to the city of San Francisco.

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