9:21 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over': Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

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Police say they've captured Suspect #2 in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Gunfire and explosions have been heard in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., and police have converged on the area. The events there follow the shooting death late Thursday of a campus police officer at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Business and Economy
6:44 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma unemployment rate for March remained unchanged at 5.0 percent.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission announced Friday that the state labor force and the number of employed people fell slightly in March. But so did the number of jobless.  

The changes weren't enough to bring a change to the overall unemployment rate.

The agency says the labor force lost 2,940 people and that 2,240 fewer were employed in March. Overall, the number of unemployed Oklahomans declined by 700 in March.

Terrorism
1:21 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

With Boston in the News, the Shadow of April 19th Remains

The field of chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum receives visitors following Friday's memorial service.
Kurt Gwartney KGOU

While the nation’s attention is focused on the unfolding events following Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City bombing survivors, victims’ family members and others gathered Friday morning for the annual remembrance of that disaster.

After 18 years, the service follows a routine: bag pipes, one second of silence for each of the 168 people who died, a few comments, and then the reading of the names of those killed in the blast.

But this year, the emotions seemed closer to the surface at the service held in the sanctuary of First Church across the street from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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World Views
1:08 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Memorial Designer Reflects on Commemorating Tragedy Through Architecture

President Bill Clinton, Torrey Butzer, and Hans Butzer with their design for the Oklahoma City National Memorial
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to mark the 18th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Hans and Torrey Butzer, along with their partner Sven Berg, designed the Outdoor Symbolic Portion of the memorial while living in Berlin in 1997. As Americans living in Germany, Hans Butzer says that blended environment guided their artistic vision for the project.

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State Capitol
7:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Medicaid, Apologies, and Workers' Comp at the State Capitol This Week

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House Democrats started off the week by gathering members of their caucus and supporters of an expansion to the Medicaid insurance program. House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) says Oklahomans have sent approximately $27 billion in taxpayer dollars to the federal government.

“We come together as a community of Oklahoma citizens today and call upon our governor and our legislative leaders to just bring some of those $27 billion back to Oklahoma to take care of those people who desperately need healthcare.”

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Developing
2:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:11 am

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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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.

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