Oklahoma News
12:21 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Cannabis Oil Study Bill Heads To Gov. Fallin's Desk

State Rep. Jon Echols (R-OKC)
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Gov. Mary Fallin's desk is the next stop for legislation that authorizes an investigational study into clinical trials on certain patients with severe forms of epilepsy using an oil derived from the marijuana plant.

The Oklahoma House voted 85-5 for the measure and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. Fallin has expressed support for the idea but says she remains opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana applications.

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9:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

25 Years After House Bill 1017, Democrats Want More Changes To Oklahoma Education

Oklahoma House Democratic Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City), flanked by state Reps. Ed Cannaday and Donnie Condit, during Monday's press conference marking 25 years since the passage of HB 1017.
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Members of the House Democratic Caucus and several longtime Oklahoma teachers and administrators marked the silver anniversary of a landmark overhaul of the state's education system Wednesday, and called for further changes.

Gov. Henry Bellmon signed House Bill 1017 on April 25, 1990. It used a $560 million tax increase over five years to reduce class sizes, boost minimum teacher salaries, and fund statewide curriculum standards, testing, and early childhood programs.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:11 am
Tue April 28, 2015

As Oklahoma Agency Pointed To Natural Causes, Staff Suspected Quakes Were Linked To Oil

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The Oklahoma Geological Survey on April 21 acknowledged Oklahoma’s ongoing earthquake surge is “very likely” triggered by wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, a formal recognition that comes after years of scientific research that reached similar conclusions.

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Death Penalty
6:52 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Supreme Court To Hear Oklahoma Execution Protocol: Here's What You Need To Know

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday on Oklahoma’s current lethal injection protocol during Glossip vs. Gross. The state’s method has been criticized since last year’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett, and the high court’s decision will likely affect the rest of the nation’s capital punishment procedures.

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Oklahoma News
4:43 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Changing Composition Of Workforce Development Council

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that streamlines the composition of the Governor's Council on Workforce and Economic Development.

The bill signed Monday changes the membership of the council to give representatives of the private sector and business community a majority on the council, which will still receive input from state agencies.

The council is one of the main state bodies working to implement Oklahoma Works, Fallin's initiative to help boost educational attainment in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
3:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Applications To Build Storm Shelters Up In Moore

FEMA Public Information Officer, Nate Custer, left, and Resource Manager, Sterling Rich examine a newly installed storm shelter in Arkansas.
Credit Charles S. Powell / FEMA

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore.

Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March 25 tornado.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:06 am
Mon April 27, 2015

OETA's Oklahoma Forum: The Oklahoma City Bombing

On this edition of OETA's weekly public affairs program Oklahoma Forum, how Oklahomans reacted to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995 and changed disaster response in the United States.

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Law Enforcement
10:35 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Tulsa County Undersheriff Resigns After Report Surfaces On Reserve Deputy Robert Bates

Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin at the 2014 groundbreaking of a new law enforcement training center.
Matt Trotter KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office announced the resignation Monday morning of an undersheriff at the center of an investigation into the conduct and treatment of a reserve deputy who shot and killed a restrained suspect earlier this month.

In a statement Monday morning, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz said given the gravity of the current situation, he and Undersheriff Tim Albin agreed to a change in leadership and direction for the sheriff’s office.

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It's All Politics
7:10 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

Protesters hold a pro-gay-rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court meets on Tuesday to hear arguments over whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June.
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Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 4:50 pm

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, either same-sex couples will be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

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5:45 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Norman High School Track Coach Wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Camille Herron of Warr Acres shortly before crossing the finish line in Sunday's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It was the third time she was the top overall women's finisher.
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Scott Downard has won the 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

The day started cloudy, with calm breezes and temperatures at the 6:30 a.m. start in the upper 50s. Skies eventually cleared about three and a half hours into the race, with bright sun beating down on runners as many crossed the marathon finish line.

Downard won Sunday's race in two hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds, finally securing a win in his fourth attempt.

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