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7:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Oklahoma City Woman Commands Regional Training Institute

Lt. Col. Cynthia Tinkham, senior personnel officer for the Oklahoma National Guard, was promoted to the rank of Colonel on November 3, 2013. Tinkham is a native of Blanchard, Okla., and has served with the Oklahoma Army National Guard for more than 24 years.
Credit Maj. Geoff Legler, 145th MPAD / Oklahoma Army National Guard

Col. Cynthia Tinkham of Oklahoma City is the new commander of the 189th Regiment — marking the first time a woman has received a major command in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

The 189th Regiment is known as the Oklahoma Regional Training Institute.

Tinkham deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as the executive officer of the 45th Agribusiness Development Team.

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Transportation
7:23 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Monday Earthquakes Prompt Bridge Inspections By ODOT

Credit David Overholt / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday due to the severity of some of Monday’s earthquakes in central Oklahoma, the department inspected bridges within a 5-mile radius looking for potential structural damage.

Four bridges were inspected Monday morning, said Brenda Perry, spokeswoman for ODOT. Bridges inspected include a bridge over Crutcho Creek, the bridge over Choctaw road and the bridge over the North Canadian River in Harrah. One bridge on state highway 66 was inspected near Luther, as well. 

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Speaker Hickman decides which ones go forth
5:57 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

House Lawmakers Propose 93 Topics To Explore In 2015

House Speaker Jeff Hickman
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Alternatives to Oklahoma's lethal injection execution method are among 93 topics House lawmakers hope to explore before the 2015 legislative session begins in February.

The 101 House members had until last week to submit requests for studies to House Speaker Jeff Hickman, who will decide by July 11 which ones to approve.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian says his study into alternatives to Oklahoma's method of executing death row inmates was prompted by the botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.

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120 days to find sponsors or families for teens
4:01 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Illegal Immigrant Children Arrive At Fort Sill

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Federal officials say 255 children who were detained while trying to enter the U.S. illegally are currently being housed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

The children are mostly teenagers from Central America. They are among the more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the border since October. Fort Sill is one of three facilities where the children are being held. The others are in Texas and California.

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Agriculture
1:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Oklahoma Loses Eight Percent Of Swine Inventory To Virus

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Oklahoma has lost about 8 percent of its swineinventory due to a virus sweeping across the country, and the executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council says the loss has driven consumer prices higher.

Roy Lee Lindsey tells The Journal Record that prices are going to rise another 10 to 12 percent throughout the summer. Low supplies have already driven domestic prices 40 percent higher in recent months and current exports are up 10 percent compared with a year ago.

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Elections
12:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Mullin Faces Challenge In Primary

Oklahoma Second District U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin
Credit Provided / U.S. House of Representatives

First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin is facing a challenge in next week's primary election from a professional bass fisherman who claims Mullin has not been conservative enough.

Republican Darrel Robertson says Mullin was swept into office in 2012 thanks in part to a wave of support from the tea party, but seemed to shy away from that support once he got to Washington.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus

Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Inasmuch Foundation President and Chairman of Oklahoma City Educare Bob Ross with children and a teacher at the dedication of Oklahoma City Educare, 2009.
Lisa Lloyd Saxum

A 2012 study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Oklahoma 11th in terms of generosity, with a typical Oklahoma household putting about 5.6 percent of its discretionary income toward charitable giving. 

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Joplin Businesses Bounce Back After 2011 Tornado

Liliya Moos sews on a wedding dress in the alterations shop she and her husband own and rebuilt on Main Street in Joplin.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis

Listen to the radio story.

When a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma in May of last year, residential neighborhoods bore the brunt of the damage. But it was a different story in Joplin, Missouri, after an EF-5 tornado damaged or destroyed more than 500 businesses back in 2011.

Three years later, more than 90% of those businesses have returned to write a new chapter in Joplin’s story. 

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Veterans' Health
7:04 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn
Medill DC Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:28 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Top Business Stories: Drilling In Norman, Aubrey McClendon, And Cows

Finley Resources drilling in Norman
Credit Samuel Perry / Journal Record

An Energy Company Drilling A Well In Norman Changes How It’s Getting Water.

Finley Resources is putting in a well on Franklin Road in Norman. At first, the company ran a line directly to a fire hydrant. That led the city to raise the prices it charges high-volume commercial users. The more water someone uses, the more it costs per thousand gallons.

As Finley moves into the completion phase – including hydraulically fracturing the well – it has also run a line into nearby Little River Creek.

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