Approves 80 Plus Interim Studies
5:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

House Speaker Approves Study Of Oklahoma's Execution Methods

Rep. Mike Christian
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Legislators plan to look at alternatives to lethal injection as Oklahoma's method of execution during an interim study before lawmakers return for the 2015 session.

The study is among more than 80 that were formally approved on Friday by House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.

A total of 93 studies had been requested by House members. Sixty studies were approved individually and 22 requests were combined into 11 single studies. Hearings for the studies will be conducted by the standing committees to which they were assigned.

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Claims He Was Wrongly Portrayed
4:19 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

OSU Booster Sues Sports Illustrated

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A representative of the Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes has filed a lawsuit against Sports Illustrated, saying he didn't pay benefits to players on the Oklahoma State football team as the magazine alleged he did.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Payne County District Court by plaintiff John Talley. In it, Talley says he was wrongly portrayed as an overzealous booster who improperly paid football players.

The magazine's five-part series published last year included interviews with more than 60 former players who played for OSU from 2001-10.

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Immigration
12:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Immigrant Children Could Be Housed At Fort Sill Until 2015, Rep. Cole Says

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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says federal officials want to expand the use of military facilities like Fort Sill to house an increasing number of children from Central America who are caught trying to enter the country illegally.

The Republican from Moore said in a statement Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services wants to increase its capacity for the number of children being held at temporary shelters and extend the use of facilities until 2015.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Fri July 11, 2014

LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers

A Cleveland Cavaliers fan holds up a LeBron James poster at a New York Yankees game Thursday. One day later, the fan's wish was granted: James will return to the Cavs for this year's new season.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 12:20 pm

The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.

James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: 'I'm Coming Home'

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Health
11:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Tulsa Preparing For National Gay Men's Blood Drive

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Tulsa's Dennis R. Neill Equality Center and the Oklahoma Blood Institute are teaming up for Friday's National Gay Men's Blood Drive.

Officials at the center say that gay and bisexual men have been banned since 1983 from donating blood. The ban was instituted shortly after the start of AIDS. Officials at the center say it has been left in place since that time.

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Music Interviews
8:37 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Miranda Lambert And The Soft Side Of Tough

Miranda Lambert.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:57 am

Miranda Lambert has painted herself as one of country music's bad girls: Whether it's solo or with her trio Pistol Annies, she's got a deep catalog of songs about revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer. But her new album, Platinum, shows a more vulnerable side.

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Education
7:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Former State Regents Chancellor, Oregon State President Dies

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The former Chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has died.

Oregon State University says Paul Risser passed away Thursday in Norman at the age of 74. He served as the 13th president of OSU in Corvallis from 1996 until 2002.

Risser also led Miami University of Ohio from 1993 until 1996. He left Oregon State in 2003 to return to his home state and take charge of Oklahoma's system of higher education.

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It's All Politics
6:06 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Study: Statehouse Press Corps In Decline

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver talks to reporters in a hallway at the capitol in Albany in March. The ranks of statehouse reporters have been thinning in recent years.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:26 pm

A declining number of reporters are stalking the hallways of the nation's statehouses.

That's according to a Pew Research report released Thursday. The study found that the number of full-time statehouse newspaper reporters declined by more than a third between 2003 and 2014. There are now just 164 full-time newspaper journalists reporting on the bills, protests and politicians in the nation's 50 state capitals.

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Oklahoma News
6:53 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Aeronautics Commission Concerned About Legislature's Raid Of Their Fee-Based Fund

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission members expressed concern about a $3 million withdrawal from the agency’s revolving fund by the Legislature. The agency’s revolving fund was one of several lawmakers tapped for funds to appropriate for fiscal year 2015.

Aeronautics Commission Executive Director Vic Bird noted the agency was the only one from which money was taken that does not receive appropriated funds. He said the general appropriations bill was drafted without input from the commission and the agency received no notice the money would be taken. 

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Health
6:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Oklahoma

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The first case of West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year has been confirmed in a Major County resident.

The Oklahoma Department of Health said Thursday the victim is over the age of 50 but declined to release more details.

There were 84 cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Oklahoma last year, including eight deaths. Those infected ranged in age from 17 to 92 years.

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