Oklahoma Supreme Court
12:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Lawmaker Is Eligible For District Attorney Job, Court Rules

State Representative and Tulsa County District Attorney candidate Fred Jordan
Credit fredjordan.us

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Republican state Rep. Fred Jordan of Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County's district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature.

In a 5-1 ruling on Friday, the state's highest court ruled that a provision of the constitution did not apply to Jordan, since he wouldn't become district attorney until after his legislative term ends.

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Appointments
12:24 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Gov. Fallin Makes Pardon And Parole Board Appointment

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime prosecutor to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board following the death of a board member earlier this month.

Fallin on Friday named Patricia High as one of the governor's three appointments to the five-member board. High will complete the remainder of the term of the late Currie Ballard, who died on July 11.

High was a prosecutor for nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office where she served as a special prosecutor on death penalty cases and was chief of the child abuse and sexual assault division.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Thursday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:22 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached.

Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate.

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Oklahoma News
7:38 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Interim Studies To Explore Veterans Center Care And Funding

The ODVA's Ardmore Veterans Center.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

State Rep. and gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman wants to examine the quality of care for veterans in Oklahoma.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman approved the interim legislative study by the Rush Springs Democrat and three other bipartisan co-sponsors.

Dorman says state budget cuts and the potential loss of federal matching funds will be key to this fall's study. He plans to ask for testimony from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Oklahoma News
7:42 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

TRS: Investment Returns Excellent, Nonvoting Board Member And Search For A New Executive Director

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The Teachers Retirement System held a board of trustees meeting on Wednesday and reported increased return on investments, implemented a new rule adding a new board members, and continued their search for a new executive director.

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Politics and Government
7:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Coburn Announces 'Farewell Tour' Of Town Halls

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term.

The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them.

Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004.

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Have Had Vaccinations
6:38 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Feds Say Immigrant Children All Medically Cleared

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The federal government says more than 200 unaccompanied children in Oklahoma have been placed with sponsors so far this year.

The federal government released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that have been placed with parents, relatives or family friends.

The federal government says that from Jan. 1 to July 7, 212 unaccompanied children have been placed with a sponsor.

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Moving To Historic Downtown Building
3:46 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

OCU's School of Law Moving Its Entire Library

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Oklahoma City University's School of Law is moving its library into a historic building in downtown Oklahoma City.

More than 90,000 books and 22 cabinets of microfiche will begin making the move Thursday into the old Central High School building at 800 North Harvey. The move is part of the law school's transition into the historic building that has been completely renovated.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis

President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez, left, delivers remarks on immigration beside President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina.
Michael Reynolds EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:45 pm

The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will meet with President Obama on Friday.

But before the meeting, the heads of state are making the rounds in Washington, telling their side of an immigration crisis that has driven tens of thousands of unaccompanied children to the U.S. border.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:24 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Study: Anti-EPA States Like Oklahoma Would Benefit Most From New Carbon Rules

A pile of coal sits along the railroad tracks just east of Red Oak, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has been battling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over new environmental regulations since Gov.

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