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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Attorney Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court To Dismiss His Challenge To Oil And Gas Law

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.
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An Oklahoma City attorney who challenged the constitutionality of a bill that changed the effective tax rate levied on oil and gas drillers asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss his lawsuit.

From The Oklahoman‘s Rick Green:

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OSU Recruiting More Native Students
4:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

OSU Says More Native Americans Needed In Medicine And Sciences

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Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences is hoping to recruit more Native American high school and college students into the medicine and science fields.

The Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science was created at the Tulsa-based medical school in April.

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Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat From Coweta
4:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma Vietnam Vet Receives Medal Of Honor Posthumously

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President Barack Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

Congress granted an exemption so Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat could receive the medal, because recommendations typically must be made within two years of the act of heroism, and the medal presented within three.

A soldier who fought in the Civil War was expected to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously at a later date. First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing died in July 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:37 am
Mon September 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice To Oklahoma Audience: 'There Is Value To Failure'

OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr., The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, OU President David L. Boren and OU Regent Bill Burgess at the University of Oklahoma College of Law on September 12, 2014
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told University of Oklahoma College of Law students that adversity and even failure are vital in building a career.

The justice finished a state speaking tour at the college on Friday, September 12, at the invitation of OU President David Boren. Sotomayor talked extensively with students, even leaving her seat on the stage to roam among them, sit with them, and take photographs with them.

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Oklahoma News
9:03 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma City Memorial Previews New Exhibits Ahead Of Reopening

Family members, survivors, and rescue workers tour the new exhibits at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
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The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is reopening the museum Tuesday following an $8 million project to enhance the structure with new artifacts and exhibits.

Detailed information on the investigation of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building and the evidence collected have been added to the museum. They include a key piece of evidence — the car that Timothy McVeigh was driving when he was pulled over and arrested north of Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:47 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma's Native American Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher

Samantha Lowe of Tahlequah works the front desk of Cherokee Nation’s Career Services office. She received a full-time position after two years of participating in the tribe’s Summer Youth Employment Program making minimum wage
Provided Cherokee Nation

Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:42 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Moore's Rush To Rebuild Left Hundreds Of Homes With A Lesser Building Code

The City of Moore's Shane Speegle inspects one home that is subject to the city's newer, more stringent building code.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

This March, Moore, Oklahoma became the first city in the nation to adopt a tornado-specific building code. City officials wanted homes to be able to withstand an EF-2 or EF-3 tornado.

But six months after the new regulations took effect, it turns out not all new homes built in the tornado’s path will have these upgrades.

Last week, on a block near Moore’s rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary School, city official Shane Speegle walked through one house that had just been framed to check the progress.

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Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Review Of KGOU's Revenue

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September 14, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU revenue budget is a delicate mixture of revenues.

Eighteen percent of KGOU’s cash comes from the University of Oklahoma, and another 10 percent from our annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This fiscal year, just three percent of the revenue comes from a special grant from CPB for Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project – a project that ends on September 30.

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Indian Times
8:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Native American Pioneer In Medicine Recognized

Credit Dr. Everett Rhoades

The first Native American to head the Indian Health Service was a rarity, one of the earliest Indian doctors in the country, and it was a bit lonely.

“I only knew of two Indian physicians accidentally, the famous Dr. Taylor McKenzie, the late great Navajo leader, Taylor McKenzie and another individual whom I didn't know but knew of, named Thomas St. Germaine Whitecloud, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewas,” Dr. Everett Rhoades said.

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Victims Rights
6:27 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Parents Of Woman Killed Propose New Law To Help Victims And Their Families

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The parents of a woman killed in 2011 are proposing a new law to protect Oklahoma workers from termination or demotion if they attend court hearings in support of their loved ones.

Michael Taylor, father of victim Ashley Taylor, says his daughter's namesake law would strengthen the rights victims have.

He says while Oklahoma currently assures victims' families they have right to attend court and calls on employers to minimize an employee's loss of pay and other benefits resulting from court appearances, it doesn't specify what protections that worker has.

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