U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaking during a July 28, 2015 Students for Life rally at the U.S. Capitol.
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Oklahoma's U.S. Senators Continue Crusade Against Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Planned Parenthood. A series of undercover sting videos show a woman who says she worked for a company that harvested organs from fetuses aborted at Planned Parenthood clinics. “We’re talking about women being manipulated into putting their health on the line for a government-funded organization to profit from harvesting their...
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The School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma opened a 5-day run of playwright Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” on Wednesday evening, July 15. Directed by Tom Huston Orr and Gretchen Hahn, the two and a half hour production is beautiful, cathartic, heart-felt and suspenseful.

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President Obama offered a robust defense of the historic deal struck with Iran on its nuclear program, saying it meets the "national security interests of the United States and its allies."

In a more than hourlong news conference, Obama dismissed criticism of the deal, acknowledging that he expects "robust" debate over the agreement in Congress, but urging lawmakers to evaluate "this agreement based on the facts, not on politics, not on posturing."

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Lawyers for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the activist group We the People Oklahoma argued in front of a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday. The Sheriff’s office asked the referee to overturn a lower court’s ruling allowing an investigation of possible corruption in the department.

President Obama speaking to supporters in a pipe yard in Cushing, Okla. in 2012, where the Keystone XL Pipeline connects on its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
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President Obama travels to Oklahoma Wednesday where he will announce a new initiative to expand broadband access to homes in low-income areas.

The president will make the announcement at Durant High School in the capital of the Choctaw Nation in southeastern Oklahoma.

Obama’s ConnectHome initiative will expand broadband coverage to 275,000 low income households in 27 cities and the Choctaw Nation. The White House estimates it’ll bring broadband into the homes of nearly 200,000 low income children.

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A federal appeals court in Denver has ruled that the federal health care law doesn't infringe on the religious freedom of faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in employee health plans.

The case involves a group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in Oklahoma.

Architects working on renovations to the Oklahoma Capitol have discovered two giant hidden doors on the south side of the building.

The nearly 20-foot-tall sheet metal doors with cast-iron decorations were rolled into compartments behind the building's limestone facade and apparently haven't been used in more than 20 years.

Vance Kelley of Treanor Architects says the doors were found Tuesday by a team working on the building's exterior. Kelley says he believes the doors were opened and closed using a pulley-and-cable system.

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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.

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