Health
6:48 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oklahoma Earns 'C' For Preterm Birth Rate

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Oklahoma's premature birth rate dipped again last year, earning it a better grade from an nonprofit organization that specializes in pregnancy and baby health.

The state's premature birth rate was 12.8 percent in 2013 — down from 13 percent in 2012. The drop was enough for Oklahoma to earn a "C'' on the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth report card.

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Science, Technology and Environment
6:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

DEQ Unveils Tool To Track Chemical Storage Sites

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is unveiling a new online tool for the public to locate chemical storage sites.

Using the new tool, residents can find oil and gas wells, cell towers that have large acid batteries, water plants, manufacturing facilities and other sites that are required to report storage information to DEQ.

Not every facility that stores chemicals is required to report to DEQ.

DEQ collects information on about 50,000 chemical storage locations in Oklahoma under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

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Terrorism
6:17 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Terrorist Writes Letter To Oklahoma Federal Court

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A man imprisoned for his role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks says he wants to talk in open court about an al-Qaida plot to kill Bill and Hillary Clinton. He also complains that he has rodents in his Colorado prison cell.

Zacarias Moussaoui wrote a four-page, handwritten letter last month to an Oklahoma federal court. The court filed the letter Monday. The Oklahoman first reported about the document Thursday.

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Law
4:25 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

John Reif Elected To Serve As OK Supreme Court New Chief Justice

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has elected John Reif of Tulsa to serve as the high court's new chief justice, effective Jan. 1.

The court announced the results of its elections on Tuesday. The nine-member court also elected Justice Douglas Combs of Shawnee as vice chief justice.

Reif will replace Chief Justice Tom Colbert, who will rotate out of the chief justice position.

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Education
3:28 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

State Regents For Higher Education Ask Legislature for $1 Billion For Next Year

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The board that oversees Oklahoma's 25 colleges and universities is asking the Legislature for more than $1 billion for the upcoming fiscal year— an increase of nearly $100 million from the current year's budget.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the $1.08 billion budget Thursday during its regular meeting in Oklahoma City. The bulk of the new funding, about $88 million, would go toward the state's Complete College America program, which seeks to boost the number of students in the state who receive a college degree or job certification.

 

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Crime
2:59 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

OSBI Investigating Cold Case In McClain Country

Blanchard, Oklahoma
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Investigators have recovered what could be possible items of evidence as they comb an area of McClain County in hopes of discovering more remains of a 37-year-old bounty hunter who disappeared in 2002.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Thursday that it's too soon to tell the significance of what's been found at the site near Blanchard.

Brown says authorities have also received some phone calls that could yield "promising leads" in the case of Troy Neidhart, who authorities believe may have been murdered.

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Health
12:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oklahoma Gets $1 Million From Affordable Care Act

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Oklahoma is getting $1 million in federal funds to help health centers in the state establish or expand behavioral health services for 2,696 people.

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OneSix8
12:34 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Entertaining The Weekend With Music, Comedy And Children's Theatre

Peter Nero at the piano.
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This week's OneSix8 highlights live performances from two Grammy winners, an acclaimed comedian and the talented kids of Oklahoma City.

Renowned jazz pianist Peter Nero performs his concert: “For Art’s Sake: A Salute to Art Tatum” at the Armstrong Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6.

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State Capitol
9:28 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Oklahoma Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Suffers ‘Mini-Stroke’

Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rita Aragon
Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Rita Aragon, suffered a "mini stroke" Tuesday, a spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Aragon, who has served as state VA Secretary for four years, has been hospitalized due to the health issue, Alex Weintz, Fallin’s Director of Communications, said.

“They are still doing tests,” Weintz said. “Governor Fallin has visited her in the hospital and is in communication with her family to monitor her progress.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:16 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Hunters Hopeful Wetter Summer Means More Wildlife In Oklahoma’s Woods

Jack Barrett, owner of the BDC Gun Room in Shawnee, Okla., shows off a new shotgun model popular with hunters.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Nearly a quarter of a million hunters are set to grab their guns and stalk through Oklahoma’s woods when deer gun season opens the week before Thanksgiving, according to Micah Holmes with the state Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“There’s more deer hunters out in the woods on opening day of deer gun season than there is at Lewis Field, at the OU football stadium, and at the Tulsa football stadium combined,” Holmes says.

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