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6:18 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Court Documents To Be Available For Viewing Online

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A plan to publicly release court documents from all 77 Oklahoma counties online and make them free to the public is slowly moving ahead. Noble County in north-central Oklahoma is going live as a test for the ambitious information technology upgrade.

Documents dating back decades, even more than a century in some cases, that have been filed in Noble County are available for anyone with a computer to view from home. This includes marriage licenses, traffic tickets, and criminal and civil filings, among other court documents.

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Long-term Effects Unknown
5:21 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Fallin Bans Electronic Cigarettes And Vapor Devices

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Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order that bans the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on state property, saying the potential long-term health effects of the products are unknown.

Fallin's office released the order Monday that applies to all land and property owned or leased by the state, including state vehicles, effective Jan. 1. The only exception in the order is to residents of state residential facilities for veterans.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:23 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Spurs Oklahoma Court Filing

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Lawyers for two same-sex couples suing for the right to marry in Oklahoma and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in the state have filed a brief pointing to a recent ruling in Utah that found a same-sex marriage ban violated the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin filed the lawsuit along with another couple back in November 2004. That was shortly after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Take Shelter Oklahoma Lacks Signatures, Seeks Supreme Court Support

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The 90-day time period for collecting those signatures ran out last week, and supporters were 35,000 signatures short. They’re now awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge, claiming the deck was stacked against them.

After Kristi Conatzer lost her daughter Emily in the tornado that hit Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 2o, she got together with others to form “Take Shelter Oklahoma.”

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Season's Greetings!

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December 21, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

On behalf of the staff of KGOU, I am sending the warmest of good wishes to you and your family for the holiday season.

We have a lot to be thankful for, including you.  You kept listening to KGOU, and you were inspired to financially support this service.   We appreciate the fact that you understand public media is a relationship of sharing and listening, and that both ensure the future for KGOU. 

May your holidays be filled with family, friends, food and warm memories.  Please enjoy!

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Winter Storm
10:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

OKC Officials Urge Caution When Using Generators

Portable generators can be a useful tool when power loss occurs due to extreme weather conditions.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department walks you through proper use of portable generator equipment as a backup power supply for your home.

Winter Weather
8:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

UPDATE: Ice Storm Hits Oklahoma; Roads Improve In OKC Metro

An ice storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday for much of Oklahoma.
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UPDATE 12/21/13 8:15 a.m.:

The wind remained light overnight, sparing much of central Oklahoma from widespread power outages.

Conditions on roads in the Oklahoma City metro improved overnight as the temperature increased a degree or two, but authorities are still discouraging travel, especially due to icing on bridges and overpasses.

A winter storm warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Sunday, with light icing expected through around noon Saturday.

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Unemployment Rate
6:38 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Oklahoma's Jobless Rate Ties At 13th Lowest In Country

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Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November and that all major employment sectors report month-to-month job increases.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in November, down from 5.5 percent in October.

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Affordable Care Act
6:20 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Injunction Prevents Enforcement Of Health Care Mandate To Provide Access To Morning-After Pill

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A federal judge has granted an injunction in a class-action lawsuit by almost 200 religious organizations that prohibits the government from enforcing the federal health care law's requirement that insurance coverage include access to the morning-after pill and similar contraceptives.

A preliminary injunction was granted Friday by U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti. The injunction prevents the government from enforcing the mandate on the religious groups as the lawsuit is litigated.

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World Views
3:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Chemical Weapons Watchdog OK’s Syria Plan Even As Civil War Worsens

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has drawn up a timeline for the destruction of Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program by mid-2014.

The most toxic chemicals are to be destroyed on a U.S. ship. Denmark and Norway are providing ships to transport the chemicals out of Syria and more than three dozen private companies have offered to destroy less toxic chemicals.

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