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11:40 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Fallin Proposes Election For School Safety Plan

Gov. Mary Fallin addresses reporters during Tuesday's Associated Press Legislative Forum at the State Capitol.
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Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.

Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Appeals Judges To Hear Oklahoma, Utah Gay Marriage Cases

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Appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Oklahoma and Utah will be heard by the same panel of federal judges.

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Tuesday saying the briefing and hearings will remain separate in the two cases.

Federal judges in both states recently overturned same-sex marriage bans passed by voters in 2004.

Both cases are on expedited schedules. A decision on Utah's ruling is expected in a few months.

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Affordable Care Act
10:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Oklahoma AG Files Brief In Hobby Lobby Case

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby as its challenge to a portion of the Affordable Care Act moves forward at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby is challenging a portion of the nation's new health care law that would require it to supply certain types of contraception to its employees. The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in March.

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U.S. Senate
9:53 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Bridenstine Says He Won't Run For Open Senate Seat

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) speaking during a 2013 town hall meeting.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine says he won't run for the Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Bridenstine said Wednesday in a statement that he has been "honored and overwhelmed" by people encouraging him to run ever since Coburn announced his resignation earlier this month. But Bridenstine said he decided not to enter the race after "serious consideration and prayer."

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Politics and Government
7:46 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Not Impressed With State Of The Union

President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
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Most of Oklahoma’s all-Republican Congressional delegation panned President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address he delivered to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says the President made it clear he would continue to bypass Congress, and use a “pen and phone” to get work done. Inhofe says Americans will see this play out with a Climate Action Plan the president unveiled last summer.

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Eric McCray's First Time In Political Arena
6:20 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Oklahoma City Businessman Plans Run For Senate

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A Republican Oklahoma City businessman says he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Eric McCray told The Associated Press on Tuesday he's running to "bring a message to Washington."

The 33-year-old contractor for McCray and Sons Heat & Air says this is the first time he's run for office.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:27 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Deal Struck to Avoid New Border Dispute Between Oklahoma And Texas

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Determining exactly where the border between Oklahoma and Texas is along the Red River has been a touchy subject for more than a century.

And when it was discovered that one of the pumps that provides water to the North Texas Municipal Water District was actually it Oklahoma, it was shut down, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for negotiations.

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U.S. Senate
12:43 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

UPDATE: Oklahoma Speaker Formally Announces Senate Candidacy

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Updated January 29, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

Oklahoma's Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon officially kicked off his U.S. Senate campign at the Tulsa Historical Society Wednesday morning, criticizing Washington for what he says is a failure to effectively address the national debt.

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9:03 am
Tue January 28, 2014

More Signs Point To U.S. Senate Run By Shannon

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Video crews in Lawton and removal of framed photos from the state Capitol all increase speculation that state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) may want to fill U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.
The Journal-Record reports House Speaker T.W. Shannon is doing things that make it more likely he will run for U.S. Tom Coburn's seat. Shannon, according to a source, spent the weekend in Lawton shooting footage for a TV commercial. Members of Shannon's staff were also seen taking framed photos of the Speaker out of the state Capitol.
Corrections
8:58 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Oklahoma Won't Review Execution Drugs Despite Inmate Complaints

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., home of the state's death row.
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Oklahoma officials say they have no plans to review the state's execution protocol after two inmates given lethal injections this month made complaints as the drugs began to flow through their bodies.

Michael Lee Wilson, who was executed Jan. 9, said he felt his "whole body burning" within 20 seconds of receiving the injection. Kenneth Eugene Hogan, who was executed Thursday, complained of a metallic taste in his mouth after his injection.

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