Health
8:03 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Above U.S. Average For Health Security

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the state's overall health security exceeds the National Health Security Preparedness Index average.

The index measures the nation's readiness to protect people during a health emergency or disaster. The index reports Oklahoma as rating at or above the national average in 12 health security measures.

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Politics and Government
8:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Health Board Sets 2015 Piorities Including A New Public Health Lab

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Members of the Oklahoma State Board of Health heard reports Tuesday on the 2015 legislative and budget priorities for the state health department. 

Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services and Senior Deputy Commissioner Julie Cox-Kain said they will be requesting $18,523,641 to add to their base appropriations for fiscal year 2016.

The health department, she said, has four main budget requests, more than they have had in recent years. These requests are for the public health laboratory, vaccine purchasing, adolescent and children’s health and reducing hospitalizations.

Addressing the state’s public health laboratory, which has gone through some flooding recently and is in need of repair and updating is a top priority, Cox-Kain said. The facility is about 40 years old, and while they have been repairing it “piecemeal,” a large scale restoration effort is also needed.

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Politics and Government
5:54 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

AG Pruitt Joins 20 States In Lawsuit Over Immigration Executive Action

Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is adding Oklahoma to the list of 20 states suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to spare from deportation nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Pruitt announced Tuesday that Oklahoma would join the multistate lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas.

In a statement, Pruitt said the president's executive actions are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

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Oklahoma News
4:55 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Gov. Fallin Appoints First Female To Wildlife Commission

Credit Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Gov. Mary Fallin is appointing the first-ever woman to serve on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday she is naming Leigh Gaddis of Ada to replace the late Harland Stonecipher on the eight-member panel. Gaddis' appointment is pending confirmation from the Oklahoma Senate.

The owner of a financial planning and investment firm, Gaddis helped Fallin host a deer hunt in 2011 and is a regular participant in shooting sports.

Fallin is Oklahoma's first female governor and previously was the state's first female lieutenant governor.

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Oklahoma News
3:59 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Judge Orders Execution Documents To Remain Sealed

Clayton Lockett
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A federal judge has ordered documents related to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett to remain sealed.

Attorneys for death row inmates filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot to unseal thousands of pages connected to the troubled April 29 lethal injection of Lockett.

The Tulsa World reports Friot ordered the Department of Public Safety in September to hand over the records produced during its investigation into Lockett's death but declined Monday to unseal them.

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Washington
12:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Coburn's 'Tax Decoder' Report Criticizes Federal Giveaways

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Facebook

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Report Says CIA Misled Congress, White House On Interrogation Program

An IKONOS satellite image of a facility near Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 17, 2003, shows what is reportedly the largest CIA covert prison in Afghanistan, code-named the Salt Pit.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:27 pm

The CIA "provided inaccurate information to the White House, Congress, the Justice Department, the CIA inspector general, the media and the American public" about the "brutal" interrogation techniques it used on terrorism suspects, a long-held Senate intelligence committee report finds.

The report provides the most comprehensive public accounting of the interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Oklahoma News
8:32 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Two New Interchanges Approved For Interstate 35 In Norman

At its Monday, Dec. 8 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a contract for reconstruction the I-35 interchanges at SH-9 East and Lindsey St. in Norman, pictured here looking south.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation

A contract with a base bid of more than $71 million was awarded Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, the largest construction agreement in its history. Work on the project that involves the reconstruction of two interchanges along Interstate 35 in Norman is expected to begin in early 2015.

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Politics and Government
7:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt Says ‘Alliance’ With Energy Industry Wasn’t Secret

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state Capitol.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed Monday that he has worked with the energy industry to push back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda, but denied how The New York Times characterized those efforts, which were detailed in a story published over the weekend.

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Politics and Government
7:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Proposed Senate Rules Reveal Chamber's Committee Deadlines

Senators will have up to six weeks to have their bills heard in committee under proposed rules to be considered during the chamber's Jan. 6 organizational day. 

Most bills and joint resolutions likely will be heard in committee by Feb. 26, the proposed deadline for Senate measures to be heard in a Senate committee. A new rule to be put before senators for their consideration on organizational day would allow member to file a bill at any time during the legislative session. The proposed rule includes language exempting those bills from the deadlines set in the rules.

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