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8:01 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help

Mentally ill inmates who are able to shower, eat, sit quietly and otherwise care for themselves live in the jail's Division 2. A psychologist is stationed right outside the room, and officers are specially trained to deal with psychotic episodes.
Laura Sullivan NPR

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:55 am

Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart walks the halls of his jail every day. With 10,000 inmates, this place is a small city — except a third of the people here are mentally ill.

Dart has created some of the most innovative programs in the country to handle mentally ill inmates, hiring doctors and psychologists, and training staff. But if you ask anyone here, even this jail is barely managing.

"I can't conceive of anything more ridiculously stupid by government than to do what we're doing right now," Dart says.

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U.S. Senate
7:24 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Lankford Announces Bid For Coburn's Senate Seat

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) announces his Senate candidacy at the Oklahoma History Center on Monday.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

U.S. Rep. James Lankford on Monday announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. The seat is opening early because Senator Tom Coburn, who is battling cancer, is resigning at the end of the current congressional session.

Lankford’s first pitch for the higher office focused as much on the federal government’s failings as his congressional accomplishments.

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OKC Thunder
6:13 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Kevin Durant Flying High

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Kevin Durant is putting up points like never before, and that's quite an accomplishment for a three-time NBA scoring champion.

The 6-foot-9 forward couldn't have picked a better time to raise his level of play for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 13 games since All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was sidelined after surgery on his right knee, Durant has averaged 35.8 points.

Durant scored a career-high 54 points in a 127-121 win over Golden State last Friday, a performance that brought "MVP!" chants from the crowd.

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Says He Was Honored To Be Considered
4:46 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Chickasaw Nation Governor Will Not Run For Senate Seat

Credit Chickasaw Nation

The longtime governor of one of the state's most powerful Native American tribes says he has no plans to run for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat this year.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby released a statement Monday that said while he's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, he doesn't intend to run. Anoatubby says he hopes to continue in his role as head of the tribe "if it is the will of the Chickasaw people."

Anoatubby has been governor of the tribe since 1987.

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Indian Times
2:59 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Indian Times: Weekly Review

Credit Susan Shannon

Contempt Charges Dropped Against Dusten Brown

A South Carolina judge has dismissed contempt of court charges filed against the biological father of a young girl caught up in a custody dispute. The contempt case was dropped on Jan. 16 after Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation reached an agreement with Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who are the adoptive parents of 4-year-old Veronica.

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Mon January 20, 2014

U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium

An IAEA team checks the enrichment process inside the uranium enrichment plant Natanz in central Iran on Monday.
Kazem Ghane EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:46 pm

This post was updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.

The United States and European Union say they will lift some sanctions against Iran after reports from international inspectors that Tehran has suspended high-level enrichment of uranium under an interim pact to scale back its nuclear program.

The Associated Press reports:

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U.S. Senate
9:54 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Cole, Pruitt Decide Not To Run For U.S. Senate Seat

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are taking their names out of contention as a possible successor to retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

Both Cole and Pruitt released statements late Sunday saying they would not seek the open seat in 2014, and instead plan to run for re-election to their current posts.

A six-term congressman from Moore, Cole said his seniority in the House and seats on major committees make him more valuable to Oklahoma than he could be as a freshman senator.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Mon January 20, 2014

U.N. Rescinds Offer For Iran To Take Part In Syrian Peace Talks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sunday.
Jason Szenes EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 5:06 am

This post was updated at 4:35 p.m. ET.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn an invitation to Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks after groups opposing President Bashar Assad's regime threatened a boycott of the discussions if Tehran got a seat at the table.

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Higher Education
9:44 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Oklahoma Website Shares Research

Credit SHAREOK

The libraries at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma have joined together to create a website that makes published research results easily accessible to the public.

The website includes digital dissertations, faculty publications and research, open-access publications and more.

The project is called SHAREOK and is an effort to make federally funded research results freely available to the public. The White House has called for greater transparency in scientific research projects.

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Tax Cuts
8:41 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Experts Disagree With Movement To Cut Oklahoma Income Taxes

Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr Creative Commons

Cutting income taxes. The state's been here before, and quite recently.

"The [Oklahoma] Supreme Court threw the legislature a lifeline by striking down 2032," said Oklahoma Policy Institute Director David Blatt at the organization's budget summit last week. 

As passed, House Bill 2032 would have cut the state income tax to 5 percent in 2015 and 4.85 percent after that. The state Supreme Court threw it out in December because it also provided money for capitol repairs.

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