Weather and Climate
8:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Colder Temperatures Coming

NWS Forecast for November 8-14, 2014
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

After a mild weekend, much colder temperatures appear on tap for next week according to the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service.

The initial cold front will move through late Monday, with much colder air flowing into Oklahoma/north Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures in the 30s and 40s appear possible by Wednesday and Thursday, with lows in the 20s.

No precipitation is expected in Oklahoma through Wednesday, with an icreasing chance of snow Thursday and Friday.

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Oklahoma News
6:00 am
Sat November 8, 2014

OHP Dash Cam Footage Now Available To Public And Media

Dash cameras
Credit Fernost / Creative Commons

New legislation that took effect Nov. 1 requires audio and video recordings attached to law enforcement or law enforcement vehicles to be made available to the public for inspection and copying.

HB2676, by Rep. Ken Walker and Sen. David Holt, previously exempted the Department of Public Safety (DPS) from releasing any audio or video recordings.

All other law enforcement agencies were subject to the same policy that required the release of information when requested.

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Oklahoma News
5:30 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Oklahoma's 'Farmed Deer' May Not Be Eligible For Export To Missouri

A whitetailed buck.
Credit Bucks Whitetails / Creative Commons

Oklahoma agriculture officials say changes in Missouri law designed to prevent the spread of diseases among deer may affect deer farmers in Oklahoma.

The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved proposed amendments to regulations on the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family.

The goal is to step disease, including chronic wasting disease, from reaching the state's deer herd.

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Indian Times
9:02 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Native Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo Weaves Different Story Threads Into One Documentary

Sterlin Harjo
Credit facebook

Acclaimed Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s latest project is an exploration into the past that revealed much more than he anticipated. This May Be The Last Time is a documentary film that looks to the origins of the music and culture of his distant ancestors.

It is a quest that found Harjo in the unexpected role of investigator into the mysterious 1962 disappearance of his grandfather.

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Parthenogenesis
6:14 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Virgin Snake Births Possible Clue To Ending Ovarian Cancer?

Dr. Warren Booth
Credit University of Tulsa

A Tulsa college professor says his research on snakes that have given birth without being impregnated could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

University of Tulsa assistant professor Warren Booth has written a study with some student researchers on the virgin birth, or parthenogenesis, of six pythons in Louisville, Kentucky.

While it's not known what causes a snake to be able to give birth without being impregnated, Booth tells the Tulsa World that his research someday could be applied to controlling cancerous ovarian cells in humans.

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Speaker HIckman Will Stay
4:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

House GOP Caucus Elects Their Leaders

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Republicans have elected their leadership team for the upcoming legislative session.

The House's GOP caucus selected their leaders on Friday, three days after maintaining their 72-29 majority in the House.

Speaker Jeff Hickman was named speaker-elect for the upcoming session, which starts in February. Hickman is the seventh Republican speaker in state history and the sixth consecutive Republican speaker since the GOP became the House's majority party in 2004.

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World Views
4:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

"Wir Sind Ein Volk": The Fall Of The Berlin Wall And What It Means 25 Years Later

Will Palmer Flickr Creative Commons

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, surprising not only Germans but people across the world. There were certain signs that change was occurring, but few, if any, predicted the speed at which change, in the form of re-unification, would come to Germany.

University of Oklahoma Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies, Mitchell Smith was a graduate student doing field research in Germany during the spring of 1989. During a visit to Berlin that April, he saw small signs of change, but nothing that suggested the monumental shift that would occur.

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Execution Protocols
1:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Media Organizations Sue Over New Execution Protocols

Gurney In Lethal Injection Chamber
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A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for next month in a lawsuit filed by two news organizations that want to stop Oklahoma from using a new execution protocol that reduces the number of media witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing to consider the request for a preliminary injunction filed by The Oklahoma Observer and The Guardian US newspapers.

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Oklahoma News
11:21 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Embezzlement Trial Begins For Former Choctaw Nation Official

Federal Court Case in Muskogee
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A federal trial is underway in Muskogee for a former Choctaw Nation official accused in an embezzlement scheme involving construction at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Urban Renewal Authority Considers Downtown Oklahoma City Development Proposals

The former site of Stage Center and future home of OGE Energy Corp. headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Editor's note: The audio version of this story contains language that could be misleading. Written proposals from Clayco and Milhaus both discuss plans for a public-private partnership, and government incentives.

Downtown Oklahoma City is growing and there is need for more office, commercial and residential space. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority called a meeting this past Tuesday to talk about the empty lot at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Hudson avenues.

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