Oklahoma News
9:18 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma Judge To Hear Arguments In Fallin Records Case

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An Oklahoma County judge has scheduled a hearing in a lawsuit that challenges Gov. Mary Fallin's refusal to turn over some documents requested under the state's Open Records Act.

District Judge Barbara Swinton will hear arguments from attorneys in the case Thursday in a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Politics and Government
7:32 am
Thu June 12, 2014

VIDEO: Bridenstine's Testy Exchange With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Some members of Congress aren't satisfied with the Obama Administration's justifications for the prisoner swap that led to freedom for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

At a House committee hearing Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) said the release of the five Guantanamo detainees in exchange for Bergdahl represents a victory for the Taliban.

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The Tradition Continues
8:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

OU And Texas Extend Cotton Bowl Game To 2025

The Cotton Bowl with The University of Oklahoma versus Texas.
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Texas and Oklahoma will play annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas until 2025.

The schools have agreed to a five-year extension at the historic stadium in the city's Fair Park neighborhood.

The annual "Red River Showdown" draws tens of thousands of fans during the State Fair of Texas, with Sooner red and Longhorn burnt orange split at the 50-yard line.

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Despite Flat Allocation, Cuts Are Necessary
7:54 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Health Care Authority To Recommend 7.75% Provider Rate Cuts

Oklahoma Health Care Authority officials said Wednesday the agency will likely look at cuts to provider rates in the state beginning in the upcoming fiscal year.

OHCA spokeswoman Jennie Melendez said the agency has recommended a 7.75 percent provider rate cut, decreasing the amount of money that it reimburses medical professionals for the health care services they provide.

OHCA will go into FY2015 with a flat budget, after receiving a $47.7 million supplemental for this fiscal year and a nearly identical cut for the upcoming fiscal year.

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OK GDP Grew 4.2% in 2013
7:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Oklahoma Ranks Fourth In 2013 Real GDP Growth

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Oklahoma ranked fourth in real gross domestic product growth in 2013, according to new data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Oklahoma’s real gross domestic product grew 4.2 percent in 2013. That was behind only North Dakota, 9.7 percent; Wyoming, 7.6 percent; and West Virginia, 5.1 percent.

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will play the 2015-16 season
6:11 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Serge Ibaka's Little Brother Will Play For OSU

Serge Ibaka
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Thunder forward Serge Ibaka's younger brother, Igor, will play for Oklahoma State.

Dustin Grover, Igor's coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, said Wednesday that Igor plans to get his associate's degree within the next year, then enroll at Oklahoma State in time to play during the 2015-16 season. He will not play JUCO ball next season because he will be past the age limit. He turns 22 in July.

As a freshman last season, the 6-foot-8 center was an All-Region selection after averaging 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds and shooting 64 percent from the field.

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says it's "unconstitutional and immoral"
5:01 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Top Democrat Questions Reduced Funding For College Scholarships

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The Oklahoma House's top Democrat is wants an attorney general's opinion on the constitutionality of a legislative dictate that diverted almost $7.9 million from the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program.

Democratic Rep. Scott Inman of Del City made the request Wednesday. Inman says he believes it is unconstitutional as well as immoral to reduce funding for the college scholarship program, and that some students in OHLAP won't receive the tuition assistance they were promised.

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plagued with problems and delays
4:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Unified Court Computer System May Be "Scrapped"

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A state legislator says a multimillion-dollar plan to build a unified court computer system for all of Oklahoma's 77 counties has been so plagued with problems and delays that it may need to be scrapped altogether.

Sapulpa Republican Rep. Mark McCullough said Wednesday he was shocked to learn Oklahoma court officials this week ended a contract with the top vendor on the $13 million venture.

A fund created to pay for the project contained more than $30 million, and lawmakers grappling with a tight budget this year took $10 million from it to pay for other court operations.

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runs wednesday through saturday
12:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

deadCENTER Film Festival In 14th Year

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Thousands of people are expected at an independent film festival this week in Oklahoma City.

This is the 14th year for the deadCENTER Film Festival. The event runs Wednesday through Sunday and is run by working filmmakers and designed to assist filmmakers of all types.

About 90 films will be featured at this year's event. The festival will also hold several workshops and panels about filmmaking.


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State Health Services
9:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Julie Cox-Kain Named Deputy Secretary Of HHS

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Oklahoma's commissioner of health has named a new deputy.

Dr. Terry Cline, commissioner of health and secretary of health and human services, appointed Julie Cox-Kain as his deputy secretary of health and human services.

Cox-Kain also becomes senior deputy commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Health. She has served as chief operating officer for the agency since 2009.

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