U.S. Senate
6:23 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coburn Named to Time 100 List

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

TIME Magazine released its annual TIME 100 list Thursday. Two U.S. Congressmen made the list: one, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The other, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.  

Each member of the list is afforded a few paragraphs, written by a colleague or friend, describing why that person deserves their appointment to the TIME 100. Coburn's summary was written by none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama. 

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Business and Economy
5:45 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

House Passes Food Stamp Fraud Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that aims to lower the number of people who keep getting food stamp benefits even after defrauding the program.

The proposal criminalizes unauthorized sharing of food stamps. Its most significant provision affects people who commit fraud and want a deferred sentence. The bill says prosecutors must give them the option of voluntarily removing themselves from the program.

The bill's sponsors say it's the only way to get those who commit fraud out of the program without breaking federal law. 

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5:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coburn Proposal Would Make Buyer Prove Ability To Buy Guns

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"All Things Considered" host Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma about why he voted no against the measure to expand background checks.
The measure failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.
4:49 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Cause and Client: An Oklahoma Attorney’s Experience at the U.S. Supreme Court

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Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an Oklahoma-Texas water case that could have ripple effects on interstate water-sharing agreements throughout the country.
To get a little insight into the state's history at the high court, StateImpact spoke with an Oklahoma attorney who's been there.
The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Obama: 'A Bomb Can't Beat Us'

President Obama speaks Thursday during an interfaith service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 12:37 pm

  • LISTEN: The interfaith service

"Small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build" do not understand that "a bomb can't beat us," President Obama said Thursday in Boston.

His emotional vow came during an interfaith service to remember the victims of Monday's marathon bombings. It was also a service that served as a celebration of the American spirit and the bravery of the first responders, volunteers and spectators who rushed to the aid of those who were caught in the explosions.

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11:40 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Oklahoma City Prepares For Memorial Marathon

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Since 2001, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has held the marathon to commemorate the bombings in that city, which killed 168 people and injured more than 800 others. But given the events at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City marathon organizers are cautiously evaluating security plans and making their decisions one day at a time.
In the next two weeks, more than 30 marathons are scheduled in the United States, in cities big and small. Among them is the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, April 28.
The Two-Way
5:57 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:04 pm

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Severe Weather
10:04 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Severe Weather Hits Oklahoma, Freeze Possible

The National Weather Service says record low temperatures are possible Friday morning.
Credit National Weather Service Norman

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Wednesday evening for southwest and south central Oklahoma.

Authorities reported damage in the Lawton area from storms that passed through the area, including at the Goodyear tire plant.

The risk for tornadoes diminished for central Oklahoma as the storms hit cooler air, but the threat for tornadoes continued in southern sections of the state.

Colder air is moving in behind the storms and could bring a freeze to the region.

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Business and Economy
6:07 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Audit of ODVA Released

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs suggests the agency lacks the supervision and oversight of the state's veterans centers necessary to ensure the well-being of the residents at the facilities.

State Auditor Gary Jones released the 59-page audit Wednesday. It was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin in August after the scalding death of a veteran at a facility in Claremore and other abuse allegations.

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Business and Economy
5:45 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Oklahoma Receives Tobacco Settlement Payment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has received a $64.8 million payment as part of the state's 1998 settlement agreement with major tobacco companies, pushing the total amount received to more than $1 billion.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced the milestone Wednesday and says an additional payment is expected later this week.

State law requires most of the payment to go to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund created in 2000 to pay for programs to improve the health of Oklahomans and to fund cancer and addiction research.

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