Election
7:13 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Day 3: Lankford Expected To Sign Up On Last Candidate Filing Day

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond is among the candidates expected to file for political office on the final day of filing.

He's expected to file for the U.S. Senate on Friday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.

Lankford is among a half-dozen Republicans seeking the final two years of the Senate term being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Muskogee.

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tragedy In California: Truck Hits Bus Full Of Students

Flames devoured both vehicles just after a FedEx truck hit a charter bus Thursday in Northern California. At least 10 people were killed. The bus was carrying high school students who were going to visit a college.
Jeremy Lockett AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:31 pm

A highway in Northern California was turned into an inferno Thursday when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of high school students.

The California Highway Patrol says at least 10 people, including both drivers and five of the teenagers, were killed. An additional 30 or so people were injured. Those who survived escaped through smashed windows.

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Fallin calls for raises to be turned back
6:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Not A Good Time For Pay Raises For The Judiciary

Credit David Neubert / Flickr.com

Republican legislative leaders say they plan to derail a pay raise for members of the Oklahoma judiciary that would have also increased the salaries of the statewide elected officials such as the governor and attorney general.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Thursday they would support a House resolution to disapprove the proposed raises. Gov. Mary Fallin and other statewide elected officials also have called for the raises to be turned back.

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House conservatives oppose bill
4:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Top Democrat Urges House Speaker To Allow Vote On Unfinished Native Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says the chamber should vote on whether to provide funding to complete the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Oklahoma City urged the House to take action on Thursday, a day after the House Appropriations and Budget Committee approved a plan to take $40 million from the Unclaimed Property Fund to complete the unfinished structure.

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OneSix8
4:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With An OU Show & Tell, A Western Parade And Rock & Roll

OU President David Boren addresses the crowd at last year's President's Day of Learning.
Credit OU Outreach

Alumni and friends go back to school for the University of Oklahoma’s Second Annual President’s Day of Learning April 12.

OU President David Boren opens with a few remarks Saturday morning before some of the university’s leading professors lecture in three concurrent sessions.

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Politics and Government
2:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Lankford, GOP Colleagues Vote To Hold IRS Official In Contempt [VIDEO]

A House committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) serves on the Oversight Committee, and agreed with fellow Republicans and Committee chariman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that Lois Lerner had effectively waived her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions by providing an opening statement at the 2013 hearing.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:51 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Sparks Out, Bass In As Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader

State Sen. Randy Bass (D-Lawton) pushing to get bill heard allowing voters to block horse slaughter plants, flanked by Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West and Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Democratic state Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton has been tapped to lead Senate Democrats after the 2014 elections, ousting the caucus' previous selection of a state senator from Norman.

Both Bass and state Sen. John Sparks confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday the 12-member Senate Democratic caucus had selected Bass to be minority leader-elect in the fall, but declined to discuss the matter further.

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World Views
1:14 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

From Drone Strikes To Lost Luggage, How International Law Affects Global Decision-Making

An AGM-114 Hellfire missile hung on the rail of an U.S. Air Force MQ-1L Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Credit TSGT Scott Reed / U.S. Air Force

International law impacts the behavior of both national governments and international non-state actors, governing things like the use of drones and military technology. But the effects can also be felt on an individual level – in everything from financial transactions to luggage protection and free-travel visas in the European Union.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:26 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cast-off State Parks Thrive Under Tribal Control, But Not Without Some Struggle

Rick Geisler, manager of Wah-Sha-She Park in Osage County, stands on the shore of Hula Lake.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

When budget cuts led the Oklahoma tourism department to find new homes for seven state parks in 2011, two of them went to Native American tribes. Both are open and doing well, but each has faced its own difficulties in the transition.

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Environment
11:40 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

A male lesser prairie chicken in the Texas Panhandle. The bird's entire habitat includes parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Jon McRoberts AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:29 pm

It's prairie chicken mating season!

Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.

But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. government, complaints of federal overreach and lawsuits have followed.

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