Oklahoma News
3:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Capitol Building Renovation Panel Wants More Time To Complete Review

A nine-member panel charged with overseeing a $120 million renovation of the Oklahoma Capitol wants more time for a detailed investigation of the 100-year-old building's interior needs.

The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay until December 2015 the due date for a final report on the building's interior.

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Oklahoma News
1:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Top Ranked Navy SEAL To Speak At OSU Commencement

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus
Credit United States Navy

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, deputy commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Florida, will be the featured speaker for undergraduate commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma State University.

OSU will host commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday in Stillwater. Nearly 1,700 students will complete their graduate and undergraduate degrees at OSU this fall.

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Indian Country Prosecution Unit
1:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Two Tribal Prosecutors Join U.S. Attorney's Office In Tulsa

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Two tribal special prosecutors have joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. says Jeff Jones, attorney general of the Osage Nation, and Sarah Hill, deputy attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, will work alongside other prosecutors in the office's Indian Country Prosecution Unit to improve public safety in tribal communities.

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10:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Judge Rules Disputed Oklahoma High School Football Game Won't Be Replayed

A screen capture from the Nov. 28 Douglass-Locust Grove high school football playoff game that ended in controversy.
NewsOK.com YouTube

Oklahoma County District Judge Bernard Jones has denied a request by Douglass High School in Oklahoma City to replay a disputed playoff game against Locust Grove.

In his ruling Thursday morning, Jones said even though Douglass’s request was rooted in equity, it’s impossible to make sure that replaying any part of the Nov. 28 game would be fair to all involved.

There is simply no way to fully and completely replicate the events and conditions of the disputed quarterfinal in such a way that would alleviate any and all anxiety or question of fairness.

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World Views
10:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

‘The Price Of Sex’: Documentary Sheds Light On International Sex Trade

Two Moldovan women await their ride in front of the shelter for trafficked girls in 2004.
Mimi Chakarova

Over the 25 years since photographer and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova moved with her family from Bulgaria to Baltimore in 1989, she never lost touch with her East European roots. She’s spent the past decade chronicling stories of women from her native region sold into the sex trade in the Middle East and Western Europe.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Water Regulator Works To Reclassify Risks Of Decades-Old Oklahoma Dams

Families and a fisherman along the spillway beneath Broken Bow Dam in southeastern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has nearly 5,000 dams, more than most other states. When they were built, they were classified based on the risk their failure would pose to people and property.

But for many dams, it’s been decades since that risk was evaluated, and the potential hazard has changed because Oklahoma has changed. There are houses, roads and people where there weren’t before.

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Federal Spending
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Voices Support For Omnibus Spending Bill Ahead Of Thursday House Vote

A House vote is expected Thursday on a huge $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that would fund every corner of the federal government.

Democrats have erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties. At the same time, conservatives are unhappy that the bill fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

“While I can point out a lot of things on this that I don’t particularly like, or that I know other members will have objections to, I usually ask them, ‘Well, what’s your alternative?’,” U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) said Wednesday during a House Rules Committee hearing. “And it’s almost never realistic.”

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7:24 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Well Prepared For Ebola, Other Medical Emergencies

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The state has not relaxed its efforts to prevent any spread of the Ebola virus in Oklahoma, the chief of the state Emergency Preparedness and Response Service told the Oklahoma State Board of Health Tuesday. 

Director Scott Sproat said the state has shown it is more than adequate at preparing for potential health hazards.

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Science, Technology and Environment
7:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Discussions Begin For Space Flight Training Program In Oklahoma

Southern Lights Captured from Space

Discussions have begun to potentially start a Space Flight Participant Training Program, according to Dr. Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma's Secretary of Science and Technology at an Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) meeting Wednesday.

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Immigration Executive Action
6:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Oklahoma has joined a multistate lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday.

The addition of Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma brings to 24 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville.

Announced last month, the president's unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. 

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