World Views
2:43 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Looking At The International Reaction, Condemnation Of The CIA 'Torture Report'

U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention facility on Jan. 11, 2002.
Photographers Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy U.S. Department of Defense

On Tuesday the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 525-page report detailing the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against detainees in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This so-called torture report describes the CIA’s extensive waterboarding, rectal feeding, and up to 180 hours of forced sleep deprivation.

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Oklahoma Executions
11:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Death Row Inmate John Grant Asks Parole Board For Clemency

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Attorneys for an Oklahoma inmate scheduled to die for stabbing a prison worker to death in 1998 are asking a state board to recommend sparing his life.

A clemency hearing is scheduled Friday for 53-year-old John Marion Grant, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killing corrections worker Gay Carter, who was stabbed 16 times at Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy.

Grant is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 19, but his attorneys are asking the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to recommend to the governor that she spare his life.

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Native American
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Pot Sales Unlikely In Oklahoma Despite Federal Announcement About Tribes

Credit Dank Depot / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Native American tribes can grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

But pot sales likely won't be coming to Oklahoma anytime soon.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:07 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mapped: Oklahoma’s Dams And The Potential Hazards They Pose

Explore Oklahoma’s dams with StateImpact’s interactive map detailing their age, type, owner, hazard classification and reported failures.

Oklahoma has the fifth-largest dam inventory in the United States. Ownership of the 4,700 dams is largely split between government agencies and private entities, including individual owners and other organizations like homeowner’s associations.

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Washington
8:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Delivers Farewell Address To U.S. Senate Colleagues

Oklahoma's Tom Coburn delivered an emotional farewell address to his colleagues in the U.S. Senate immediately after Thursday’s vote on the defense authorization bill.

“I have some adamant opposition to some of the things that we’re doing, but nevertheless I will try to put into context my feelings and thoughts about the great privilege that has been granted to me by the people of Oklahoma,” Coburn said to open his remarks.

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Arts and Entertainment
7:47 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Oklahoma, The World’s Independent Christmas Music Capital?

"The Naughty List" Album Cover
Nathan Price

Norman auto dealer Jonathan Fowler wants his home state to be known as the “independent Christmas music capital of the world,” and he may just reach his goal.

Friday, December 12 marks the official vinyl release of Fowler VW's “The Naughty List,” a 13-song, holiday-themed album - the fifth in a series of albums commemorating Christmas and showcasing some of Oklahoma’s leading independent musical talent.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Three Energy Stories Making Headlines In Oklahoma This Week

With billboards pointing toward Oklahoma City and messages about booming careers and less traffic in Oklahoma City, Continental Resources is promoting itself in Houston. The energy company is making a connection, as revealed on online applications.
Continental Resources The Journal Record

Oklahoma City made national headlines last week when a few stations on the south side started selling gasoline for less than $2 per gallon.

Friday morning West Texas Intermediate crude oil was trading below $60 per barrel, with Brent crude right around $63.

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Health
7:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

SoonerCare Department Tackles Complex Health Issues

Credit James Martin / Flickr

Overall enrollment in SoonerCare programs increased in October, Population Care Management Director Marlene Asmussen said Thursday during a meeting of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board. 

The net enrollee count change from the previous month was 842. There are 16,219 new enrollees - members that have not been enrolled in the past six months.

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Oklahoma News
7:33 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Repair Oversight Committee Seeks Delay For Final Plan

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Members of the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay the due date of its final plan by six months. 

Office of Management and Enterprise Services Capitol Restoration Project Manager Trait Thompson said the extension will allow the vendor that will be selected to do the Capitol's interior work more time to investigate what needs to be done to the building and to develop more accurate cost estimates.

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Business and Economy
7:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

General Revenue Fund Collections Drop Below Prior Year, Report Estimates

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General Revenue Fund collections in November flattened, dropping below prior year receipts and the official estimate, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Services Preston Doerflinger reported Thursday. 

According to Doerflinger's report, November General Revenue Fund collections of $382.5 million were $0.6 million, or 0.2 percent, below prior year collections and $2.2 million, or 0.6 percent, below the official estimate upon which the FY2015 appropriated state budget is based.

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