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4:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

First Cases Of Influenza Reported In State

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Oklahoma health officials say two children have the state's first confirmed cases of the flu this season.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that two children younger than 5 have tested positive for the flu. The department said in a news release that one of the children is hospitalized, but did not release the child's condition.

The department says the child who is hospitalized is in Tulsa County and that the other child is in Oklahoma County.

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Oklahoma News
1:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

DNA Leads To Arrest In 1997 Christmas Day Rape

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says agents have arrested a Guthrie man for the rape and beating of an 85-year-old woman that happened on Christmas Day in 1997.

The agency said Thursday that the man was arrested Wednesday after DNA tests connected him to the rape and assault of the woman. According to online court records, formal charges had not been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

The OSBI says DNA was taken from the suspect after he was convicted on drug charges in 2013.

The agency says the victim of the crime died in 2008.

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Oklahoma News
1:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Court Rules Jim Thorpe Remains Will Stay In Pennsylvania

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The remains of famed athlete Jim Thorpe will remain in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago.

A federal appeals court has thrown out a ruling that could have resulted in the remains' removal to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe's surviving sons had been fighting to move the body to Sac and Fox land in the state where he was born. U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo had ruled in their favor.

But the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Thorpe's body should remain in the town named after him.

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Education
12:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Oklahoma State Board Of Education Wants Across-The-Board Pay Raise For Teachers

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklahoma teachers in next year's budget.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved the budget request, which includes a proposed $213 million for the pay raise.

The agency's overall request is for nearly $300 million new dollars, but as agencies prepare for the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, it's common for officials to request more funding than the Legislature is expected to be able to appropriate.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Oklahoma Drought Is The Central Theme Of 2014 Governor's Water Conference

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla. 2) addresses attendees during the 2014 Governor's Water Conference while U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla. 3) and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) look on.
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The annual Governor’s Water Conference continues Thursday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Wednesday water experts and authorities discussed crop use and what Las Vegas could teach Oklahoma about resource management.

Oklahoma Water Resources Board Executive Director J.D. Strong says the state is learning to adapt to this new – and dry – normal.

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Weather and Climate
9:32 am
Thu October 23, 2014

University Of Oklahoma Dedicates 35,000 Square Foot, $15 Million Radar Lab

University of Oklahoma president David Boren leads a ribbon cutting Wednesday to formally open the Radar Innovations Laboratory on OU's Research Campus.
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The University of Oklahoma formally dedicated a new, 35,000 square foot Radar Innovations Laboratory Wednesday afternoon.

OU President David Boren says the goal of the facility is to spark innovation of the next generation of radar and microwave electronics.

“As academia works with the private sector, works with government to make things happen, to make the resources to be here, to be possible, what a partnership that can be," Boren said. "What a powerful partnership that can be for the future of our state, and the future of our country."

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Education
8:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Senate Education Committee Explores Revisions To Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act

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Members of the Senate Education Committee looked into various aspects of the Reading Sufficiency Act including its impact on English language learners and students on an individualized education plan Wednesday during a combination of legislative studies.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma Coal Mining Comeback Stalls Along With Demand From China

Steel Plant, Anshan, Liaoning, China, February 2009.
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In May of last year, it looked like impoverished areas of eastern Oklahoma would be getting a lifeline. Coal mining, once a vital industry there, was on a comeback thanks to increasing international demand. The prospect of hundreds of new jobs had people in the area excited when StateImpact first visited Heavener, but things have changed since then.

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Crime
5:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Update: Duncan Police Recover Gun

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Duncan police say they have recovered a gun believed to have been used to kill an Oklahoma newspaper publisher, his wife and teenage daughter.

Investigators found the weapon after executing a search warrant at a storage unit near the home of the victims.

Prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Alan Hruby in the shooting deaths of 50-year-old John Hruby, 48-year-old Tinker Hruby and 17-year-old Katherine Hruby.

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Oklahoma News
1:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Oklahoma State University Sues New Mexico State Over 'Pistol Pete' Logo

OSU sues NMSU over "Pistol Pete"
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Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU's mascot is "confusingly similar" to OSU's Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."

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