6:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Guthrie Declares Moratorium On New Building Permits

Logan Country Courthouse
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Guthrie city leaders have declared a moratorium on new building permits in some rural areas after losing a $1.27 million lawsuit brought by a rural water district.

The Rural Water District 1 of Logan County filed a lawsuit against Guthrie nine years ago, alleging the city was not allowed to install water lines and sell water outside city limits that were set in 1972. A jury on Nov. 14 agreed and awarded the water district $1.27 million to cover lost revenue.

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5:44 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

After Obama's Action, Immigration Agency Awaits 'A Real Challenge'

A guide for applying to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that began in 2012. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will begin accepting applications for the expanded DACA program in 90 days.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:15 am

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the first stop for people applying for a green card, citizenship or refugee status. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will be on the front line of President Obama's executive action last week, which could give legal status to an estimated 4 million undocumented people.

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Oklahoma News
2:23 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Norman Students, Parents Call For Victim, Bully Education Following Rape Allegations

Sophomore Jessica Riley shouts "Yes All Daughters" during Monday's rally
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Hundreds of Norman High School students and parents lined the streets in Norman Monday protesting the school administration’s response to three rape allegations. Protest organizers demanded school officials implement anti-bullying policies to protect future victims.

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Oklahoma News
1:39 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver To Be Reinstated

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Oklahoma officials say the federal government will restore the state's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding.

The state Board of Education said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Education would announce Monday afternoon it is reinstating a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Oklahoma lost its waiver this year after the state dropped Common Core standards and didn't certify that the replacement guidelines made students ready for college or the workplace.

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Oklahoma News
12:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Department of Public Safety Turns Over Documents Related To Oklahoma Executions

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The head of the Department of Public Safety has complied with a federal judge's order to deliver records to attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death-row inmates who have filed a lawsuit to block their executions.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot convened a brief hearing Monday to determine whether Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson had turned over records he was ordered to produce earlier this month. They include documents involving an investigation into the troubled April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.

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Politics and Government
11:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma, Twenty Other States Challenge Maryland Assault Weapons Ban

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Oklahoma and twenty other states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down, Once Successor Is Confirmed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:34 pm

(This post was last updated at 11:41 a.m. ET.)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest-profile Republican on President Obama's Cabinet, will step down, once his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Calling Hagel an "exemplary defense secretary," Obama made the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday.

Hagel, a two-term Republican senator, came to the post in February of 2013, the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense.

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8:13 am
Mon November 24, 2014

VIDEO: OU Freshman Perine Runs For NCAA-Record 427 Yards

University of Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine set a major college record by running for 427 yards in a driving rainstorm, scoring five touchdowns and leading the No. 23 Sooners over Kansas 44-7 Saturday.

A week after Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon set the mark by rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska, Perine broke it.

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Oklahoma News
6:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Norman Students To Protest High School's Response To Bullying And Rape Allegations

A protester with a sign on the street outside Norman High School.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Administrators and faculty at Norman High School are preparing for a protest by students upset with the handling of rape allegations.

Scott Beck, principal of Norman High School, said in a letter to parents that sexual assault victims' advocates were organizing the Monday protest after an alleged rape involving two students that occurred off campus two months ago.

Beck said in the letter the school "took the strongest disciplinary action against the alleged assailant" and the Norman Police Department was investigating.

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Oklahoma News
5:24 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Few Oklahoma Wrongful Convictions Receive Payment

Greg Wilhoit, former death-row inmate from Tulsa, was exonerated in 1993.
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Few Oklahomans wrongfully convicted of a crime receive compensation after their convictions are overturned due to evidence indicating innocence.

The Tulsa World reports that just six out of 28 Oklahomans listed on the National Exoneration Registry collected any money for their years spent in prison. They served an average of nine years in prison, with half serving a decade or more.

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