Same-Sex Marriage
12:52 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Gov. Fallin Says Gay Marriage Ruling Tramples States' Rights

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Fallin said the amendment was approved by 76 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004.

"I was one of the many voters who cast my ballot in favor of traditional marriage," she said. 

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A U.S. appeals court in Denver has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Friday, saying Oklahoma's voter-approved ban violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored the same court's June 25 ruling in a similar case involving Utah.

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Water
10:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Officials To Study Oklahoma Water Shortage Solutions

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is planning in-depth studies to prevent water supply shortages in western Oklahoma.

Planning specialists will study three of the state's twelve "Hot Spot" basins identified in a 2012 water plan as expected to have the most water supply challenges within the next 50 years.

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World
9:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cole: More Than Sanctions Needed To Stabilize Eastern Europe

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The White House has called for an unimpeded international investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine. 

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says the suspected surface-to-air missile attack on the passenger plane shows that President Obama's announcement this week to impose more sanctions on Russia isn't enough to ease the conflict in Eastern Europe.

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Agriculture
7:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wheat Crop Worst In Nearly Half Century

Fred and Wayne Schmedt say the drought has withered their wheat plants down from an average height of 24 to 30 inches to just 6 to 8 inches.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma agriculture officials say ongoing drought during the start of spring followed by a late freeze and untimely late spring rains produced the worst wheat crop in nearly a half century.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission director Mike Schulte says the current projection is for about 51 million bushels of wheat in the state — the lowest total since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957.

Schulte says the harvest is considered 97 percent complete as of Monday but says he knows of no farmers still trying to collect the crop.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

A firefighter douses the smoldering wreckage of Flight MH17 on Thursday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 1:24 am

This post was updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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U.S.
5:48 am
Fri July 18, 2014

As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam

In Oracle, Ariz., on Tuesday, protesters gather near the entrance to a juvenile facility in an effort to stop the arrival of a busload of Central American immigrant children. The bus never arrived.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:01 pm

Anti-illegal immigration activists are planning several hundred protests in cities across the country on Friday and Saturday, part of a growing backlash against the federal government's efforts to temporarily house migrant children detained at the border.

Protesters say they are concerned about safety, as the Obama administration pushes to move detainees from Texas to shelters run by nonprofits in other states.

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Politics and Government
8:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Workers Compensation Commssion Adopts Budget And Explains Employee Terminations

Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission
Credit Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission

The Workers' Compensation Commission approved its first full fiscal year budget Thursday totaling $4.5 million.

Executive Director Rick Farmer walked the three commissioners through the income and expenditure sides of the ledger during the commission meeting.

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6:46 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Poll: Oklahomans Support More Regulation of Wind Energy Development; Oppose Taxpayer Subsidies

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Voters want to see the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which currently oversees all other electrical generating facilities in the state except for electricity created by wind, to regulate wind energy as well, with 72.4 percent in support.
Results from the latest SoonerPoll indicate that likely Oklahoma voters, who in other polling typically oppose more regulation, believe there is not enough regulation of wind energy development or oversight of wind tax subsidies in the state. Slightly more than two-thirds (68.4%) of Oklahomans support more...
Home Repair Fraud
6:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Attorney General Gets His Man

Credit Office of the Attorney General

After a four-year pursuit, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says it has secured $42,158 in restitution from a Texas man for Oklahoma victims of home repair fraud.

The office said Thursday that Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged in 2010 with four felony counts of home repair fraud. Prosecutors say Madewell accepted more than $42,000 from seven homeowners for home repair and roofing work, but never started the projects. The projects were in Midwest City, Edmond and OklahomaCity.

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