State Capitol
1:34 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

House Budget Committee To Hear Studies Soon

Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman chairs the Oklahoma House Appropriations and Budget Committee.
Credit Oklahoma House

House Appropriations and Budget Committee Chair Scott Martin said he expects the committee to hear interim studies “as quickly as possible.” Martin, R-Norman, said he is looking at the possibility of A&B subcommittees hearing several of the studies, but he has not made a final decision.

“We hope to move as quickly as possible on these interim studies,” Martin said. “The speaker has asked us to hear these studies as soon as we can with respect to our fellow community members and the author of the study.”

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Politics and Government
1:22 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Judge Won't Dismiss Serious Charge In Manning Case

Private First Class Bradley Manning
Credit United States Army / Wikimedia Creative Commons

A military judge is refusing to dismiss a charge that an Army private aided the enemy by giving reams of classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks

Col. Denise Lind ruled Thursday on the defense motion in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

It is the most serious charge Manning faces, punishable by up to life in prison without parole. Lind found there was enough prosecution evidence to proceed with the case.

Lind also refused to dismiss a computer fraud count.

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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

For embattled Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, Oct. 5 started bad, and then got even worse.

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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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