Law
4:37 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Officer Cleared In Shooting Death Where K-9 Officer Killed

K-9 Officer Kye
Credit Officer Down Memorial Page

Cleveland County's top prosecutor has cleared an Oklahoma City police officer in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old suspect.

District Attorney Greg Mashburn sent a letter to the city attorney Friday clearing Sgt. Ryan Stark. Stark was under investigation in the Aug. 25 fatal shooting of 22-year-old Mark Salazar of Blue Mound, Texas.

Authorities say Salazar led officers on a high-speed chase through Moore and Norman that ended along Interstate-35 in Goldsby. After crashing his car, officers say Salazar tried to run away but was caught by the K-9 officer, Kye.

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World Views
2:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

New U.N. Proposal To Freeze Syrian Conflict Amid ISIS Threats And Refugee Crisis

People walk on rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was barrel bombs dropped by government forces in Aleppo's Dahret Awwad neighborhood January 29, 2014.
Freedom House Flickr

On Tuesday the United Nations announced a new plan to freeze fighting in the besieged northern Syrian city of Aleppo. If it’s successful, it will be implemented in other areas throughout the war-torn country.

U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said unlike previous attempts at broad-based ceasefires, the narrow focus of this one may actually lead to the de-escalation of violence. The only real solution to the ongoing conflict, though, will be a political one.

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Oklahoma News
12:30 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Northern Oklahoma

Seal Of The US Geological Survey
Credit USGS

No injuries or damage have been reported after a 3.6-magnitude earthquake hit northern Oklahoma on Friday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at about 6 a.m. with an epicenter 14 miles north-northwest of Enid. The earthquake had a depth of 3.1 miles.

Two other earthquakes also rumbled Friday near the same area. The USGS says two earthquakes hit shortly after 1 a.m. near Medford. Those temblors had preliminary magnitudes of 3.1 and 3.2

On Wednesday, a 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Kansas and was widely felt in parts of Oklahoma.

 

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Oklahoma News
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Feds Bust North Texas Drug Ring With Oklahoma Ties

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Investigators say more than three dozen people have been charged in a North Texas-based drug trafficking ring with ties to Oklahoma.

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced the suspects face charges including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The indictment says the suspects since 2013 conspired to distribute methamphetamine and used stash houses to store the smuggled drugs.

Authorities say 32 of the 37 suspects have been arrested. All allegedly have ties to various white supremacist groups.

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OneSix8
10:52 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A Tony-Winning Comedy And Other Live Events Occupy This Week’s OneSix8

Stacey Logan as Masha and Haulston Mann as Spike in the City Rep production.
Credit Promotional photo from CityRep

Entertain the hours of your weekend with crazy comedy, family theater, live music and one-act operas in the Oklahoma City metro.

CityRep Theater presents the hit comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Civic Center Music Hall through Sunday, November 23.

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Business Intelligence Report
8:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

New Commercial Developments In Western Oklahoma City Could Bring Increased Tax Revenue

A layout of the planned $50 million, 450,000-square-foot retail development at the intersection of NW 10th Street, N. Czech Hall Road, and Interstate 40 near Yukon.
Courtesy Rendering The Journal Record

The Interstate 40 corridor in western Oklahoma City and Yukon is growing fast and some companies are looking at development prospects in the area.

The Journal Record's Molly Fleming reports GBT Realty Corp. plans to build a $50 million, 450,000-square-foot retail development on 80 acres at the intersection of NW 10th Street, N. Czech Hall Road, and Interstate 40 near Yukon.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:44 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Oklahoma Business Tax Breaks More Than Double

Tax breaks for energy companies have soared since 2010.
Enid News & Eagle

Key industry tax breaks in Oklahoma have more than doubled over the past four years and are now costing the state well over half a billion dollars a year, state records show.

The two dozen business tax breaks combined grew from $356 million in 2010 to $760 million in 2014. The 2014 figure is equivalent to just over 10 percent of the state’s $7.2 billion budget, and more than the state spends every year on prisons and public safety.

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Environment
6:08 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Inhofe: China Faces No Consequences If It Breaks Climate Deal With U.S.

Senator Jim Inhofe Facebook

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says "talk is cheap" when it comes to the agreement on greenhouse gas emissions between the United States and China.

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Business and Economy
7:28 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

$900 Million Collected From Tribal Gaming Compact Over Ten Years Is Above Estimate

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The Cherokee Nation is marking 10 years since Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed the state to negiated with Oklahoma tribes to operate Las Vegas-style gaming.

The Tahlequah-based tribe is preparing to mark the passage of State Question 712 at a ceremony Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Politics and Government
7:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Senate Rules Committee Discusses Online Voter Registration

Senator Randy Bass - District 32
Credit Oklahoma Senate / Oklahoma Senate

The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma Senate plans to introduce a bill to help increase voter participation in Oklahoma by allowing citizens to register to vote online.

State Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton held an interim study on the issue Thursday before the Senate Rules Committee and said afterward he planned to sponsor a bill in the upcoming session.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, voters in about 20 states have the option of applying online to become a registered voter, but not in Oklahoma.

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