Politics and Government

The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Ventura is seen at the federal building in St. Paul, Minn., on July 8, which was the first day of jury selection in his defamation lawsuit.
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Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 3:58 pm

A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in a defamation suit against a deceased author.

The jury on Tuesday determined that Ventura was the figure described as a "celebrity" Navy SEAL in Chris Kyle's 2012 book American Sniper.

The SEAL was called "Scruff Face" in the book, but Kyle later identified him as Ventura, who became a professional wrestler and one-term independent governor after leaving the Navy.

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Open Records
10:06 am
Tue July 29, 2014

City Must Pay Law Firm In Oklahoma Dash-Cam Case

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An Oklahoma judge has ruled the city of Claremore owes a law firm more than $41,000 in a public records case relating to dashboard camera video.

A state appeals court ruled in 2013 the videos are public records. The Oklahoma Supreme Court declined later that year to hear an appeal by Claremore officials. The state's highest court also ordered the city to pay attorney's fees as determined by a trial court.

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Health
6:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

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Politics and Government
8:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Registration Deadline For Runoff Primary Election August 1

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Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters have until Friday Aug. 1 to register to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election.

Voter registration forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board's website. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either register in person or mail their registration forms in and have them postmarked by the deadline.

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Politics and Government
7:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Congressman Tom Cole To Host Town Hall Meetings

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK4)
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Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) will host three town hall meetings across the Fourth District of Oklahoma in the month of August.

He invites constituents and members of the press to join him as he speaks in Frederick, Newcastle and Purcell, providing an update on the issues facing the district and answering questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 5 at noon Banc First Conference Center 201 S. Main Street Frederick, OK 73542

Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. Newcastle Community Center 705 NW 10th Street Newcastle, OK 73065

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Open Meetings
7:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Attorney General’s Office Reviews Workers Compensation Commission Agendas, Records

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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The Attorney General’s Office is now conducting a review of the Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

According to published reports, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater launched an investigation July 21 of the newly created Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.  Prater closed that investigation after meeting Friday with the Attorney General’s Office.

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See Fallin's Letter
5:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Fallin Sends Letter To President Complaining Of Costs To Taxpayers

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Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.

In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma.

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Four Oklahoma Tribes Selected
4:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants

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The National Park Service has awarded historic preservation grants to four American Indian tribes in Oklahoma.

NPS director Jonathan Jarvis says the grants will help America's first people preserve significant tribal places, cultures and tradition.

The grants can be used to fund projects including nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education and historic structure reports.

The four Oklahoma-based tribes receiving grants are the Miami Tribe, the Peoria Tribe, the Seminole Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
9:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Auditing The Storm: Dilemma For Storm Victims - Accept Or Reject Disaster Loans?

Auditing The Storm: Disaster 4117 is a series of investigative reports tracking federal disaster aid following the Spring 2013 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This series represents a collaborative effort between The Oklahoma Tornado Project and Oklahoma Watch.
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The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved 929 applications for about $50 million in low-interest disaster loans for people, businesses and nonprofits, according to SBA data acquired for Oklahoma Watch by the nonprofit group, Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Most applicants, 599, took out the loans, but often for much less than what was offered, SBA figures show.

The total amount loaned by the SBA was $21 million, or 42 percent of the approved total amount. All but 52 of the 929 applications were from individuals. About half of the total amount approved was for applicants in Oklahoma City and Moore, which took the brunt of the damage from the May 20 and May 31, 2013, storms.

See a list of approved disaster loans for each city in Oklahoma, of which only 42% were actually used.

The purpose of the disaster-loan program is help owners recover from physical damage and, in the case of businesses, from economic harm.

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