Cancer Group Seeks Tanning Spa Restrictions

Oct 25, 2014
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U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The American Cancer Society will try to persuade Oklahoma lawmakers next year to pass a law prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.

Paula James Warlick, Oklahoma grassroots manager of the ACS Cancer Action Network, said passage of a tanning salon bill is at the top of the organization’s legislative priority list for 2014.

A bill that would have required parental consent for tanning salon customers under the age of 18 was passed by the Oklahoma Senate in 2013. But it failed to win House approval.

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2014 may well be remembered as the year of the virus. Prior to the focus on Ebola in Texas, the country’s health care systems were concerned with a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which primarily targets children.

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A state board has voted unanimously not to recommend sparing the life of a former Oklahoma City motel manager who is scheduled to die for the 1997 beating death of the motel's owner.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 5-0 Friday against recommending clemency for 51-year-old Richard Glossip, who spoke to the board via a video link from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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The company that runs the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative said it anticipates “a greater interface” with the gay and lesbian community after a federal court ruling overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages.

However, at least one of the initiative’s programs will remain off limits to same-sex couples.

Kendy Cox, director of community-based training services at Public Strategies, the Oklahoma City consulting firm that operates the publicly funded Marriage Initiative, said the initiative would likely draw more participation from gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual couples. She did not say whether the company would increase outreach specifically to that community. The initiative’s goal is to promote healthy families and marriages.

“We do anticipate a greater interface with the LGBT community as a part of these standard practices given the recent action on same-sex marriages,” Cox said in an email.

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A judge has ruled that Oklahoma can require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital under a law that takes effect Nov. 1.

Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves ruled Friday against a legal challenge on behalf of a Norman clinic that performs nearly half of the abortions in the state.

A group of public employees is suing to stop a new law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature this year to end the traditional pension retirement for newly hired state workers.

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Prosecutors say an Oklahoma inmate attacked his attorney with a razorblade moments before he was to be sentenced in the killings of two young girls and his fiancee.

District Attorney Max Cook says Kevin Sweat somehow smuggled the weapon into the courthouse in Okemah, about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City. He says the attorney only suffered "slight" wounds to the neck in Friday's attack and that he wasn't taken to a hospital.

The attack caused a delay of about an hour.

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Federal authorities have detained a man who they say admitted to driving a car into a disputed Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building, smashing it to pieces.

U.S. Secret Service agent David Allison says the man was detained Friday after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City, rambling and making derogatory statements about the president.

Allison says the man admitted to destroying the monument and claimed Satan told him to do it.

The ski jump in Lillehammer, Norway, the site of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
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This month Norway became the fourth country to withdraw its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Oslo’s withdrawal leaves only two cities in the race: Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China.

The main concern has been cost. This year’s Winter Games in Sochi were the most expensive ever, with a price tag of $51 billion.

Another significant factor for Oslo was reportedly the number of unusual and excessive demands by the International Olympic Committee says World Views Host Suzette Grillot.

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Reemerging from his six-week absence, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the release of American Jeffrey Fowle on Wednesday.

Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors in the northern city of Chongjin. He was awaiting trial for anti-state crimes when he was released.