Elections 2014
7:32 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Dorman: 'We Did A Lot Of Good' In 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

'Dorman For Governor' supporters load yard signs into a trailer at Rep. Joe Dorman's Oklahoma City campaign headquarters
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

When state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) fought back his emotions and addressed friends and family in a standing-room only hotel conference room on Election Night, he urged Oklahomans to stay positive in the face of defeat.

“I don't want to see any tears. I don't want to see any sorrows," Dorman said. "We did a lot of good. We knew we were up against tough odds running against an incumbent. And I appreciate each and everyone one of you."

A 'Better Than Expected' Run

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Health
5:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Two More Flu Hospitalizations Reported

The flu virus.
Credit Kat Masback / Creative Commons

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports two more people have been hospitalized due to the flu.

The department says that 14 people have now been hospitalized as a result of the illness this season, which began Sept. 28.

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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Oklahoma News
5:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near Stillwater

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The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.1 magnitude earthquake near Stillwater.

The USGS says the earthquake was recorded at 2:10 p.m. Sunday five miles southwest of Stillwater, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The Payne County Sheriff's Office and Stillwater Police Department say there are no reports of damage or injury.

The quake comes following a 3.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in the same general area at 6:55 a.m. Sunday.

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Economy
4:22 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Low Gas Prices Haven't Slowed Domestic Drilling — Yet

Lower oil prices, while good for the economy, are a threat to what has been a dramatic surge in oil production in the U.S.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 2:22 pm

It's lunchtime in Douglas, Wyo., a town smack in the middle of the state's booming oil patch, and the line of cars at the McDonald's drive-through wraps around the building. A hiring poster hangs in the window, and the parking lot is full.

Troy Hilbish, a tool hand for the oil field servicing company Schlumberger, says while he didn't know oil prices have been falling, he does know what falling prices mean.

"If the oil prices go up, we drill more," Hilbish says. "If they go down, we don't drill as much."

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Education
7:00 am
Sun November 9, 2014

OEA Wants To End High-Stakes Testing

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A push to end high-stakes testing in Oklahoma received a boost from the state’s largest teachers’ union the day after a new superintendent of education was elected.

Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, said she believes too much emphasis has been put on testing results. She used the third grade reading retention law as an example.

That law requires students who scored at the lowest level on the state’s reading test be withheld from fourth grade unless they meet certain exemptions.

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Politics and Government
6:30 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Bill Filing For 55th Legislature Set To Open

Oklahoma Capitol Building

Bill filing for the First Session of the 55th Legislature will open in just under two weeks.

According to the Senate and House media offices: Senate incumbents can begin filing bills Nov. 17; New senators can begin filing bills Nov. 19.

House members also can begin filing their bills Nov. 19.

New and returning members of both chambers will gather at the Capitol Nov. 18 for a swearing in ceremony. The ceremony is optional and no official legislative business will be conducted.

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Politics and Government
6:00 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Oklahoma Democrats Eye Three Men For 2nd District Race

Oklahoma 2nd District Representative Markwayne Mullin may face a special election.
Credit Provided / U.S. House of Representatives

The chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party says officials have narrowed the list of possible candidates in a special 2nd District election.

Chairman Wallace Collins says state Sen. Jerry Ellis of Valliant, state Rep. Ben Sherrer of Chouteau and attorney Paul Scheiflebein of Tahlequah are being considered as possible Democratic candidates in the 2nd District. The potential candidates were selected during a meeting of the party's central committee Saturday.

Collins says a final choice will be announced early next week.

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Oklahoma News
5:30 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Female Inmates To Train Dogs As Companions For The Elderly

Mabel Bassett Correctional Center
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Oklahoma prison officials have broken ground on a new dog kennel for the state's prison inmate dog-training program.

The kennel at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is expected to be finished next spring. It will offer female offenders who participate in the program a place to house and care for the dogs they train, as well as space for parenting and reading classes.

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Oklahoma News
5:00 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Meth Lab Busts Down 50% In Oklahoma But Mexican Meth Filling The Gap

Eight pounds of crystal meth.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

Seizures of homemade methamphetamine labs are down by nearly half in many high-use meth states.

But use of the drug remains high, because of imported Mexican meth.

Data compiled by The Associated Press shows that meth lab busts are down 40 percent this year in Tennessee, 34 percent in Missouri and nearly 50 percent in Oklahoma.

Enforcement actions and tougher laws are partly responsible, but experts say meth made by Mexican cartels has become so cheap and pure that it is finally supplanting meth made in home labs or inside cars.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Two Americans Held In North Korea Are Back On U.S. Soil

Matthew Miller, who had been held in North Korea since April, 2014, is greeted by two unidentified women after arriving Saturday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 4:11 am

Updated at 4:45 a.m. ET Sunday

Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held for months in North Korea, received a joyful homecoming Saturday as their plane set down at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.

Bae, 45, a Korean-American missionary and tour guide from Lynnwood, Wash., thanked family and supporters for not forgetting about him during his detention.

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