Politics
4:46 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to his office to meet with new GOP senators-elect at the Capitol on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

At 72, after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has finally realized his life's ambition.

He never wanted to be president — he just wanted to be Senate majority leader. And when he ascends to that perch come January, McConnell will finally have a chance to shape the chamber he says he deeply loves. McConnell declared his first priority will be to make what's been called a paralyzed Senate function again. But the politician who became the face of obstruction over the past four years will have to persuade Democrats to cooperate.

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Law
3:38 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

OK Supreme Court Favors Same Sex Couples' Parental Rights, Even When They Divorce

Interior of the Oklahoma Supreme Court
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a lesbian woman who helped raise her partner's two biological children is entitled to a court hearing on her claim for parental rights and what is in the best interest of the children, now ages 6 and 7.

The court issued its ruling on Wednesday, overturning a decision by a Canadian County judge who had dismissed the woman's claim for parental rights.

Julie Eldredge filed the case against her partner, Karen Taylor. The couple had entered into a civil union in New Zealand in 2005 and had co-parenting agreements in place for each child.

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Politics and Government
2:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Officials Say OK Public Retirement Systems In Improved Financial State

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Managers of Oklahoma's public retirement systems say the financial condition of the state's pension systems has improved.

Officials presented status reports on the conditions of the state's retirement systems to members of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

In 2010, the pension system's unfunded liability was more than $16 billion. But officials say the unfunded liability has dropped to $9.6 billion and — for the first time in a decade — is below $10 billion.

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Oklahoma News
1:04 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Gay Rights Group Ranks 4 Oklahoma Cities In 2014 Index

Human Rights Campaign
Credit Human Rights Campaign

A report from a gay civil rights group says the city of Norman ranks higher than the national average for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The third annual report from the Human Rights Campaign ranks more than 350 cities nationwide, including four in Oklahoma — Broken Arrow, Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. The 2014 Municipal Equality Index rated cities based on 47 separate criteria under categories like non-discriminatory laws, relationship recognition, law enforcement, and employment policies.

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Education
11:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

5 Oklahoma Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

National Blue Ribbon Schools
Credit US Dept of Education

Five Oklahoma schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recognized the schools at a ceremony Tuesday in Washington. The program honors schools for overall academic excellence or progress made in closing achievements gaps.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Comet Landing A Success: European Craft Makes 'Fairly Gentle Touchdown'

The Philae lander took this photo of its descent onto comet 67P Wednesday, when it was about 3 kilometers from the surface. The landing site is seen with a resolution of about 3 meters per pixel.
ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:07 pm

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a man-made object was flung at a comet Wednesday — and now it's sticking to the rock as it hurtles through space.

"We are on the comet," Stephan Ulamec, Philae Lander Manager, announced Wednesday, marking a historic achievement.

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Politics and Government
7:58 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmakers To Review State Retirement System

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Oklahoma's public retirement systems will reviewed during a legislative study that's planned at the state Capitol.

The House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee will hold the study Wednesday morning as lawmakers conduct their annual review of the financial health of the retirement systems.

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Oklahoma News
6:43 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Report: 223,000 Oklahoma Children Living In Poverty

new report on early childhood development estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children in Oklahoma were living in poverty in 2012.

The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation also found that about one-third of the state's kids were living with parents who didn't have steady employment.

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Politics and Government
7:25 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Fate Of Oklahoma 2nd Distrct Congressional Race To Be Decided

Former State Senator Jerry Ellis, Democratic nominee for the U.S. House 2nd District.
Credit Oklahoma State Senate

The decision on whether to hold a special election in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is expected to be made during a meeting of the state Election Board.

The three-member board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in a closed-door session with its attorney to discuss whether to hold a special election because the Democratic nominee died two days before Election Day.

First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin coasted to victory in last week's election with 70 percent of the vote over Democratic nominee Earl Everett and independent John Douthitt.

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Oklahoma News
7:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

‘Parent’s Bill of Rights’ Preserves Family According To A New Oklahoma Law

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A new law, effective this month, establishes and details the “inalienable” rights of parents in Oklahoma.

HB1384, commonly referred to as the “Parent’s Bill of Rights,” establishes that no governmental entity can have the final say on a parent’s right to make what he or she feels is the best decision for their child’s physical and mental health and educational upbringing.

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