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Government Transparency
4:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Judge Upholds Fallin's Right To Withhold Documents On Rejecting State Health Insurance

District Judge Barbara Swinton
Credit Oklahoma County Judges

 

An Oklahoma County judge has upheld Gov. Mary Fallin's legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

District Judge Barbara Swinton handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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"Accessory after the fact"
3:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

16-Year-Old Boy Will Not Face First-Degree Murder Charge

Credit District Attorneys Council

A 16-year-old boy accused in the shooting death of a baseball player from Australia will no longer face a first-degree murder charge.

The Stephens County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge Tuesday against James Francis Edwards Jr. Prosecutors filed a new charge of accessory after the fact.

Edwards is testifying against two other teens charged in the death of 22-year-old Chris Lane.

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Gas Prices
12:02 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Oklahomans Paying More At The Pump Than Any Time In Nearly A Year

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AAA Oklahoma says the state's average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is up to $3.48 per gallon, the highest price since September 2013.

The automobile travel organization reported Tuesday the statewide average price jumped nearly 3 cents overnight, with some cities, including Tulsa, seeing even steeper climbs.

AAA cited the ongoing conflict in Iraq as a driving factor in the price hike.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

The Unique Way Norman Sets Its Water, Sewer Rates Could Be Changing

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Norman is the only city in Oklahoma that requires water rate increases to be approved through a vote of the people, which at times has stymied attempts to upgrade aging water infrastructure, and makes planning for future expenses difficult.

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Military
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

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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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