Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito."They ask for equal dignity in the eyes...
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Lawrence Stasyszen, abbott of St. Gregory's Abbey, stands inside the monastery's condemned workshop in Shawnee, Okla. The monastery and nearby college are still reeling from millions in damage from a 5.7-magnitude quake that struck in 2011.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In 2014, Oklahoma had more than three times as many earthquakes as California, and this year, the state is on track for even more. A lot of them are small, but some towns are seeing a quake almost every day, and seismologists warn that large and damaging earthquakes are becoming more likely.

The government in the Sooner State has only recently acknowledged the scope of the oil and gas industry’s role in the problem.

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Jim Thorpe. One of the greatest athletes of the 20th century – if not the greatest. After winning two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics, Sweden’s King Gustav V reportedly told him, “You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”

Thorpe’s response? “Thanks.”

Major decisions are expected this month, as the U.S. Supreme Court works its way through several cases still pending before it closes out its calendar for the 2014-2015 term.

Parts of Texas have barely had time to recover from the last round of flooding rains, but the National Weather Service is warning that there's more to come this week.

Many American towns put the "Closed" sign up by 6 p.m. But night markets are drawing people out in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Virginia, with food, art and music from the local community.

The model for the nocturnal markets is the Asian night market, where people eat, shop and socialize and tourists discover delicacies like live scorpions and roasted sea horse until the wee hours of the morning.

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Jun 14, 2015

June 14, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I’m singing the praises of the KGOU staff because they are doing wonderful work.

I’m sure you can hear the growth of our local news effort since Jacob McCleland joined our staff. His work, and that of Kate Greer, Brian Hardzinski and others, plus the StateImpact work of Joe Wertz and Logan Layden, and even more reports through the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange means we are expanding our local coverage.

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Does State Have Plans If Thousands Lose Health Insurance?

Jun 13, 2015
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Gov. Mary Fallin’s office won’t say if the state has a plan to help thousands of Oklahomans projected to lose their health insurance if their subsidies are struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court this month.

Oklahoma National Guard Holds Change Of Command Ceremony

Jun 13, 2015
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A change of command ceremony is set for the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Field Artillery Brigade.

Col. Gregory Lankford will replace Col. Mike Chase as commander of the brigade on Saturday during a ceremony at the Mustang Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang.

Lankford has more than 30 years of experience in the Guard. He's a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and oversaw the training and deployment of the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

State Program Diverting Workers’ Tax Payments to Businesses

Jun 13, 2015

Oklahoma employees of Goodyear, Hitachi and 15 other firms are contributing part of their paychecks to help pay for plant expansions and equipment purchases costing more than $89 million, an Oklahoma Watch investigation shows.

In many cases, they probably don’t even know it.

Republican state Sen. Rick Brinkley
Oklahoma Senate

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into a state senator at the center of an embezzlement investigation for potential violation of state ethics rules. 

The commission voted unanimously on Friday to launch an investigation into potential rules violations, and the agency's Executive Director, Lee Slater, confirmed later that Republican state Sen. Rick Brinkley of Owasso was the target of the probe.

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