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Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Rehearing Over Ten Commandments Monument

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday reaffirmed its decision that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the capitol grounds. The high court denied Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request for a rehearing. The state supreme court justices found nothing of merit to rehear the case. They ruled on June 30 that the monument was in violation of the state constitution’s ban on using public money for religious purposes. American Civil Liberties Union legal director Brady Henderson says he...
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Oklahoma Republican Party chairman Randy Brogdon apologized Tuesday morning for a statement issued Monday evening that appeared to compare welfare recipients to animals.

The original post has since been deleted from the state GOP’s Facebook page, but it stated the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, distributed a assistance to a record 46 million this year. It went on to compare the distribution of federal aid to feeding animals in national parks.

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A push to amend the state Constitution to keep a Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol could also boost efforts to expand school choice vouchers and education savings accounts in Oklahoma.

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy Robert Bates
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Former Tulsa County reserve sheriff’s deputy Robert Bates appeared in court Monday morning and pleaded not guilty to a single felony charge of second-degree manslaughter. Bates shot Eric Harris after confusing his handgun with his Taser while Harris was being detained during a sting operation April 2.

It was standing room only during the 12-minute arraignment, and the courtroom and hallway outside were filled mainly by family and friends of Harris, and by supporters of a grand jury investigation into the sheriff’s office.

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It’s coming…

Parts of the state hit 100 degrees for the first time Monday, and Oklahoma City could experience its first triple digit temperatures of 2015 on Tuesday during what’s expected to be the hottest day of the week.

The National Weather Service says a high pressure system that settled into the Southern Plains over the weekend has brought the first taste of summer-like conditions, with high humidity and hot afternoon temperatures.

New images of Pluto have arrived from a NASA space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet — such as its size. NASA's New Horizons probe has traveled more than 3 billion miles to send photos and data about Pluto back to Earth.

The United States and five world powers have reached a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

As we've reported, the deal puts restrictions on Iran's nuclear program and also sets up an inspections regime that aims to make sure Iran is meeting its obligations. In exchange, the U.S. and its European partners have agreed to drop tough sanctions, allowing Iran to sell more oil and rejoin international financial systems.

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Lawyers for an Oklahoma death row inmate are searching for ways to exonerate a man scheduled to die in September. The execution will be the first after the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the use of the controversial drug midazolam. 

Richard Glossip has maintained his innocence since he was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1997 death of Oklahoma City motel owner Barry Van Treese.

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The end of June was a busy few days for both the state and federal judiciary. As the U.S. Supreme Court wound down its term, opinions in some of the widest-reaching cases came in the final few days.

But a lot of the reasons behind all of this began years ago.

Death Penalty Dispute

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U.S. Rep. Steve Russell has inserted language into the National Defense Authorization Act that would award the Purple Heart to six service members who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.

The two soldiers, two airmen and two Marines were working as recruiters in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

Tulsa native Olivia Jordan, who was crowned Miss USA Juloy 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge.
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Tulsa native and Bishop Kelley High School alumna Olivia Jordan won the 2015 Miss USA pageant Sunday evening in Baton Rouge.

During the interview portion of the contest, she hailed the diversity of her fellow contestants and spoke about the need for more dialogue on race relations.

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