StateImpact Oklahoma
10:57 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Some Parks Oklahoma Offloaded To Save Money Are Thriving Under Local Control

Mike Hancock has been the manager at Brushy Lake Park since 1980.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

In April 2011, Oklahoma was dealing with a half-billion dollar budget shortfall, and the state tourism department had just decided to offload seven of its parks to save money.

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

The scene at a job fair last fall in Van Nuys, Calif.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:18 pm

There were 326,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up by 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday morning.

Although the number increased, claims remained at the lower end of the range they've been in for the past year and were running at a pace close to where they were before the economy sank into its latest recession in December 2007.

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Cleveland County
8:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Another Reynolds Wants To Serve Cleveland County

State Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City)
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Term-limited Republican state Rep. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City says he plans to run for a Cleveland County commissioner seat.

Reynolds said Wednesday he planned to seek the post currently held by County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan.

Sullivan announced in a statement Wednesday that he would not seek another term. His announcement comes after a multicounty grand jury report last week found his involvement in a road project likely broke state laws. Sullivan wasn't charged with a crime because the statute of limitations had expired.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With The Medieval Fair, Eve Of Nations

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Behold maidens and dragon slayers, Norman’s 38th Annual Medieval Fair takes place Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6.

Seven stages feature non-stop music and theater performances. Food vendors provide a feast of smoked turkey legs or home made root beer as fairgoers watch jousts and jugglers until the day grows olde. In addition to the royal entertainment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths sell handmade medieval collectibles like costumes, stained glass and hand-made jewelry.

What began as a small, one-day project by the University of Oklahoma’s English Department now takes place at one of Norman’s biggest public venues, Reaves Park on Jenkins Avenue.

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U.S. House
8:02 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mullin To Seek Re-Election To Eastern Oklahoma District

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.)
Credit Provided / U.S. House of Representatives

GOP congressman Markwayne Mullin has announced plans to run for a second term representing the 2nd Congressional District in Oklahoma.

Mullin said Wednesday that he remains determined to "challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C., and fight for our way of life here in Oklahoma."

Mullin was elected in November 2012 to the seat that was vacated by Democrat Dan Boren. The district stretches across 26 eastern Oklahoma counties — from the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the northeast to the Red River border with Texas in the south.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'We Do Not Expect Any More Fatalities,' Doctor Says Of Fort Hood Victims

Sgt. First Class Erick Rodriguez stood guard at the entrance to Fort Hood as officials prepared to brief the news media about Wednesday's attack at the post.
Erich Schlegel Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:37 pm

On the day after a deadly shooting incident on the grounds of Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed at least three people, wounded 16 and then reportedly killed himself, there was this welcome news:

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died after struggle with police
5:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Death Outside Theater Ruled A Homicide

Credit City Of Moore

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has classified the death of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater as a homicide.

But Amy Elliott with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday the injuries 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez suffered in February outside a Moore theater were not sufficient by themselves to cause his death.

Elliott says Rodriguez died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.

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Food Supplier started in Oklahoma
4:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

USDA Recalls Frozen Chicken Products From AdvancePierre

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A food supplier with operations in Oklahoma is recalling more than 8,700 pounds of frozen chicken products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the products from AdvancePierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label.

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Education Funding
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Senate Panel Approves Diverting Road And Bridge Funding To Schools

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A plan to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years has passed a Senate committee, despite concerns the proposal will tie the hands of future legislators.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-3 on Wednesday for the bill by state Sen. Jim Halligan (R-Stillwater). It now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House for consideration.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

People wait in line for the beginning of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term in Washington on Oct. 7. The court heard the first major case on campaign contribution limits since 2010's landmark Citizens United.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:34 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an overall cap on the amount that large campaign donors can give to parties and candidates in a two-year election cycle.

In a 5-4 decision split between conservatives and liberals on the high court, the court said the limits were a violation of the First Amendment.

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