Oklahoma News
3:45 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

House Votes To Allow Liquor Stores To Sell Refrigerated High-Point Beer

Credit K. Graham / Flickr Creative Commons

Legislation that would authorize liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer has been approved by the Oklahoma House.

House members on Wednesday voted 68-21 for the Senate-passed measure. Its author, Republican Rep. Glen Mulready of Tulsa, says the bill will now go to a joint House-Senate conference committee where it may undergo changes before lawmakers seek final passage.

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OneSix8
2:16 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Biodrama As Live Action Documentary, Director Vivi Tellas At University Of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Spanish professor Julie Ward with renowned theater director Vivi Tellas. Listen to audio of their interview here.
Brooke Lefler KGOU

Biodrama is biographical theater. It’s live action documentary celebrating living people and the theatrical aspects of their everyday lives.

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Oklahoma News
1:23 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

House Votes To Eliminate Tax Credit For Wind Industry

Windmills near Weatherford, Okla.
Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that eliminates a tax credit for the state's wind energy industry.

The House voted 85-3 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the state Senate.

The measure's House sponsor, Republican Rep. Earl Sears of Bartlesville, says the bill prohibits companies engaged in utilizing the wind to produce electricity from claiming the state's new investment tax credit. Sears says the industry has never utilized that tax credit and its elimination will not affect state revenue.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Pentagon To Exhume Remains Of Sailors From USS Oklahoma

A gravestone identifying the resting place of seven unknowns from the USS Oklahoma is shown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Pentagon says it will disinter and try to identify the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines killed when the ship capsized in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Audrey McAvoy AP

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:04 pm

The Pentagon says it will exhume the remains of 388 sailors and Marines who died on Dec. 7, 1941, in the capsizing of the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:04 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Dust Bowl Survivors Gather At Oklahoma Capitol To Mark 80 Years Since ‘Black Sunday’

Dust Bowl survivor Pauline Hodges traveled to the Oklahoma Capitol to speak at an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the "Black Sunday" dust storm.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

On April 14, 1935, a rolling mountain of dust and sand swept through Oklahoma, choked out the sun and filled homes with dirt piles so high residents had to clean their homes with shovels.

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon near the town of Forgan in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. Pauline Hodges was five at the time. She and her mother were visiting a neighbor when her friend’s father ran up to the backdoor.

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Oklahoma News
5:26 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Attorney General Scott Pruitt Says He Will Protect Citizens Distributing Bibles At Schools

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says religious freedoms are under attack in Oklahoma and he's telling public school districts across the state he's ready to protect them for allowing citizens to distribute Bibles in schools.

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Oklahoma News
3:52 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio To Speak In OKC At GOP Conference In May

Marco Rubio speaking at CPAC 2014 in Washington, DC.
Credit wikipedia.org

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is the latest 2016 presidential candidate to announce plans to attend the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City next month.

Oklahoma Republican Party officials confirmed Tuesday that Rubio will join several other potential GOP presidential contenders, including, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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Here & Now
1:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Police Weapon Use Under Fire, As More Videos Emerge

A video released by police shows North Charleston officer Michael Slager using a taser on the motorist after he had been pinned to the ground. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 3:02 pm

Bob Bates, the 73-year-old reserve police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who fatally shot a man after police say he confused his gun for his taser, now faces a second-degree manslaughter charge.

Meanwhile, in North Charleston, South Carolina, more video has surfaced showing another violent arrest by officer Michael Slager. Slager is being charged with murder after fatally shooting an unarmed motorist who tried to flee a traffic stop.

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Oklahoma News
1:06 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Sheriff's Deputy Turns Himself In To Face Manslaughter Charges

Tulsa County Sheriff's reserve deputy Robert Bates enters the Tulsa County Jail Tuesday.
KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Updated 4/14, 12:56 p.m.: Bates turns himself in

An Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a man who was subdued on the ground has surrendered to authorities.

Robert Bates turned himself in Tuesday morning at the Tulsa County Jail. The 73-year-old insurance executive was charged with second-degree manslaughter Monday in the April 2 shooting.

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Code Switch
10:28 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Some Key Facts We've Learned About Police Shootings Over The Past Year

Makeshift memorials to Walter Scott sprouted up at the scene of his fatal encounter with Michael Slager, the police officer who shot him in the back as he ran away following a routine traffic stop.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:25 am

We've done a lot of writing and reporting at Code Switch over the past year on deadly police shootings of unarmed black people, cases that have become such a part of our landscape that they have a tendency to melt into each other. Indeed, sometimes the pattern of facts seems to barely change: Just last fall, we followed the story of an unarmed black man in South Carolina who was shot following a police traffic stop.

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