State's First Same-Sex Divorce
6:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

With Gay Marriage Comes Gay Divorce

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Same-sex couples have been getting married in Oklahoma since October and at least one has gotten divorced.

The Oklahoman reports a judge granted what is likely the state's first same-sex divorce on Oct. 15 to Deanne Baker and Julie Baker of Oklahoma City. They were married in Iowa in July 2012 and Deanne Baker filed for divorce this summer.

A federal judge in January ruled Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on Oct. 6.

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Due To Increase In Monthly Numbers
4:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Food Pantry Won't Be Handing Out Thanksgiving Turkeys

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A Muskogee food pantry says it won't be able to continue its decades-old tradition of giving out Thanksgiving turkeys.

The Tulsa World reports the Muskogee County Community Food Pantry has provided turkeys to residents for about 30 years. But pantry coordinator Bud Ranks says that's coming to an end this year because of a lack of funds.

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Oklahoma News
12:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Evidence Against OKC Police Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Presented In Court

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Evidence against an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women while on patrol is scheduled to be made public in an Oklahoma County courtroom.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday for 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw. Holtzclaw was arrested in August and faces a total of 32 charges including rape, sexual battery and stalking. Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty.

The hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence that crimes have been committed and whether there is probable cause to believe that Holtzclaw committed them.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Healthcare Policy Expert: Insure Oklahoma A Model, More People Accepting Obamacare

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs during a Nov. 10, 2014 luncheon at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
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Over the weekend, millions of Americans had the opportunity to sign up for health insurance as the annual enrollment window opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs traveled to Oklahoma City last week to speak at an Oklahoma Policy Institute luncheon. He argued state and federal officials would soon shift discussions away from an outright repeal of the healthcare plan.

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Immigration
9:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lankford, Cole Critical Of Possible Executive Action On Immigration

U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford
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President Obama says he understands some Republicans disagree there’s a need to fix immigration laws, but U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says his party has offered to work with the president for nearly two years.

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Politics and Government
5:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Finished In Oklahoma -- Future Expansion To Have Little Impact

A worker inspects a segment of the Keystone Pipeline before it's lowered into a trench near Stroud, Okla.
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Oklahoma leaders are praising the renewed momentum in Congress to approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, although the project will have only a minimal economic impact on the Sooner State.

Construction of the Oklahoma portion of the pipeline is already finished. If approved, the 36-inch-diameter pipeline will carry crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast.

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Indian Times
1:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Muscogee Creek Hymns Influenced By Congregational Line Singing?

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Tuesday marked the release of This May Be The Last Time on DVD. Last week we discussed the genesis of the project, which among other things explores the melding of cultures in music. Today we’ll look at the centerpiece of the film, the Muscogee Creek hymns.

 

This May Be The Last Time, incorporates a variety of representative anecdotes to illustrate the practice and origins of the Muscogee Creek hymns.

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Weather and Climate
5:01 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Update: Winter Weather in Oklahoma

Monday Wintery Weather Impact
National Weather Service

The snow has ended for northern OK and is expected to end this evening across parts of central and southern OK, and western north TX. However, despite the snow ending, slick roadways, bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks will remain likely overnight into at least Monday morning. So take it easy, slow down, and allow extra time to get to your destination tonight into tomorrow, including during the morning commute.

Wind chills will also remain cold overnight into Monday morning with values ranging from around zero into the low teens.

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Weather and Climate
9:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Weather And Road Conditions For Sunday

Sunday Forecast Snow Conditions
National Weather Service

Snow bands will develop behind a strong cold front and spread south today and this evening. Snow accumulations of 1-4 inches will be possible over much of the northern half of Oklahoma, with the heaviest amounts across parts of northern OK. A few places may receive more than 4 inches. The snow will create slick spots on roads, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks. REMEMBER: Exact locations of snowfall amounts can and will likely vary or change.

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Health
8:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

To Date: 18 Hospitalized With The Flu, No Deaths

The flu virus.
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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports just one new hospitalization due to the flu so far this season.

The department says 18 people have now been hospitalized as a result of the illness this season, which began Sept. 28.

The Health Department says there have been no deaths due to the flu this season, after a record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season. The previous record of 46 flu deaths was recorded in the 2009 flu season — the year the state began tracking the statistic.

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