Oklahoma News
7:47 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Dallas Home Of Former OU Student Picketed

Demonstrators with Next Generation Action Network chant in North Dallas at home of Parker Rice.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:20 pm

Protesters carried small anti-racism placards and walked up and down the street in the affluent Northwest Dallas neighborhood where Parker Rice lives.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:42 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Using Cox Center Site As Convention Center Solution Could Cost 85 Percent Of Contracts

Sue Wyglendowski grooms one of the 16 collies she brought from Mantua, Ohio, for the 2015 Collie Club of America National Specialty Show at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Last week, Oklahoma City said it would reopen the search process for the site of the MAPS 3 convention center, and on Tuesday the city council voted to abandon the originally planned location near the Myriad Gardens.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:10 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

‘Right-To-Farm’ Inches Closer To Ballot After Breezing Through Oklahoma House

Attendees listen as former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemeyer speaks against Amendment 1 at the Missouri’s Food for America sign-making event at Café Berlin Friday, June 27, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.
Credit KOMUnews / Flickr

A bill that would allow voters to decide if the state Constitution should be changed to guarantee “the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices” passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives without debate Thursday.

It now heads to the Senate, where it’s also expected to meet widespread support.

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Politics and Government
5:13 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Lawmakers Have Unfinished Business As Deadline Passes

Oklahoma lawmakers had some unfinished business as they passed their first major deadline of the 2015 Legislature.

Thursday was the deadline for bills to be considered in their chamber of origin. The state House wrapped up its business Wednesday night without hearing about 20 bills that were eligible to be considered. The Senate adjourned Thursday without hearing about 30 bills that they could have considered.

Other measures were left on the legislative table after lawmakers who filed them decided not to pursue them.

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Politics and Government
4:16 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Lawsuit Alleges Senator's Service On State Pension Commission Is Unconstitutional

State Sen. Rick Brinkley (R-Owasso)
Credit oksenate.gov

A lawsuit alleges a state senator's service on the Oklahoma State Pension Commission is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday against the commission, its chairman, state Treasurer Ken Miller, and Republican Sen. Rick Brinkley of Owasso, an appointed member of the commission.

The lawsuit was filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who has a history of challenging legislative actions. It asks the Oklahoma Supreme Court to decide the case.

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Oklahoma News
1:37 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

University Of Oklahoma President To PBS: Colleges Must Be Loud Voice Against Racism

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the school has a responsibility to educate its students and be vigilant enough to stand up to even the subtlest forms of discrimination in light of the video that made international headlines showing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members engaging in a racist chant.

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Health
1:36 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Health Department Reports Four More Flu Related Deaths

Credit Kat Masback / Creative Commons

Four new deaths due to influenza are being reported in Oklahoma to bring the record number of deaths this flu season to nearly 100.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that 98 people have died and more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized due to the flu since the season began Sept. 28. The previous record of 72 deaths — set during last year's flu season — was broken in February.

This season's deaths include 74 in the 65-or older age group; 14 in the 50-64 group, four in both the 18-49 and the 5-17-year-old groups; and 2 who were 4 or younger.

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Oklahoma News
1:07 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Asks Chief To Resign

Chief George Tiger
Credit muscogeenation-nsn.gov

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal nation has asked their chief to resign due to his secret contract with a casino developer.

The Tulsa World reports that the council held an emergency session Tuesday and voted 12-0 for a resolution of no confidence in Chief George Tiger. Council members also decided to sign a letter that would ask Tiger to resign from the position that he's held since Jan.1, 2012.

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Politics and Government
10:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Sen. Lankford Won’t Vote For Loretta Lynch Confirmation

U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Senator James Lankford probably won’t vote in favor of the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

The Republican from Oklahoma lauded Lynch’s work as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, but her statements on immigration have raised some concerns for him.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:16 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Why Fort Smith, Arkansas Is Planning Oklahoma’s Next Lake

The current Lee Creek Reservoir near Van Buren, Ark.
Logan Layden StateImpact

In Oklahoma, the natural beauty of Lee Creek — one of the state’s scenic rivers — is protected by state law. In Arkansas, Lee Creek is an important water source for fast-growing Fort Smith. Now, Fort Smith has a plan to turn Lee Creek into Oklahoma’s next lake, and reignite a dispute that was settled more than 20 years ago.

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