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Law
10:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Do America's Deportation Policies Work?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 11:38 am

Guest Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the United States' deportation policies from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.

Law
10:38 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Deported For An Old Crime, Jamaican Loses His American Dream

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 11:38 am

Howard Dean Bailey made a good life for himself in the U.S. But then, a decades-old run-in with the law led to his deportation. Does his story show the system failing or working?

Around the Nation
12:56 am
Thu April 17, 2014

John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

John Edwards leaves a federal courthouse during his trial on charges of campaign corruption in 2012.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 8:27 am

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.

Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.

In 2012, Edwards faced six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political donors to help hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008.

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Utah's arguments heard last week
5:24 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Challengers To The Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban Head To Federal Appeals Court

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Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court with a rare opportunity.

Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah's gay-marriage ban, and will take up the Oklahoma case Thursday.

That gave the Oklahoma legal teams on both sides a chance to fine-tune their arguments based on what they heard last week.

Attorneys defending the ban say they were encouraged by the judges' tough questions.

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Cruz and Palin to appear at Tulsa rally
5:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cruz And Palin Endorse T.W. Shannon

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Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is touting the endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Shannon's race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

Shannon campaign consultant Trebor Worthen told The Associated Press Wednesday that Cruz has endorsed Shannon and is set to appear at a rally in Tulsa along with former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Palin and Lee endorsed Shannon previously.

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Election
11:23 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Self-Funded Rep. Leads Money Race For Oklahoma's 5th District

Mike Turner, Oklahoma State Representative - District 82
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A 27-year-old first-term state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District.

Federal campaign finance documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31. Most of that was spent on a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market.

Federal campaign reports covering the first quarter of 2014 were due by midnight Tuesday.

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State Employee Compensation
9:02 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Trooper Pay Raise Heads To Fallin's Desk

Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets lining up during academy training.
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that provides a mechanism to raise the salaries of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The House voted 94-0 without debate Tuesday and sent the bill to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. The measure was previously approved by the state Senate.

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Tax Credits
7:32 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Dank: Oklahoma 'Wasted' $4.2M On 'August: Osage County'

State Rep. David Dank (R-Oklahoma City) speaking to reporters Tuesday. He wants lawmakers to reconsider extending the 'Compete With Canada Film Act.'
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A state lawmaker says a recently released report from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows film rebates recently extended by the legislature are a “bad deal.”

“I recently secured a copy of an economic impact study prepared by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in April that makes it very clear that this film tax credit is a bad deal for Oklahomans,” state Rep. David Dank said Tuesday. The Oklahoma City Republican is an outspoken critic of the rebates, and called it a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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Attorney gathering signatures on petition
5:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Opposition To Mandatory Minimum Wage Law

Credit Office Of The Governor

Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that the new law threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Slane wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City.

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Restricts Use of Abortion-inducing drugs
3:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abortion Drug Bill Passes The Senate Easily

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A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011.

The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.

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