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

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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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6:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Former State Senator To Run For Chairmanship Of State Republican Party

Randy Brogdon
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A former Oklahoma state senator and one-time tea party favorite who ran unsuccessfully for governor and U.S. Senate is now setting his sights on the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.

Randy Brogdon of Owasso confirmed Wednesday he would seek the state party's top post at the GOP's state convention in April. Current Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston, who won the seat in 2013, says he plans to seek another term.

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4:44 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Judge Delays Ruling On Controversial Game Call

Judge Bernard Jones
Credit Oklahoma County Judges

An Oklahoma County judge has delayed ruling on a request by an Oklahoma City school to have part or all of a high school football playoff game replayed.

Judge Bernard Jones said Wednesday he will hand down a ruling Thursday morning.

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Oklahoma News
12:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Inhofe Family To Sue Aircraft Manufacturers After Death Of Son In Plane Crash

Perry Inhofe
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The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages in a lawsuit that alleges negligence against the aircraft's manufacturers.

The Tulsa World reports the suit was filed Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court. It claims the 2013 crash that killed 51-year-old Perry Dyson Inhofe II was due to manufacturers not providing proper maintenance on the plane's engine and its parts.

Inhofe, a licensed pilot, is the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.

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Politics and Government
9:20 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma GOP Chairman To Seek Re-Election, Faces Opposition

Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston

The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party says he will seek re-election to the post.

Dave Weston said Wednesday he will again run for the state party's top leadership position.

"We are very proud of what we've accomplished in the last year and a half with quite a few firsts for our party," Weston said in an email. "With the confidence of our party faithful, I am committed to continuing our record of successes as Chairman into the 2016 election."

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