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Fight Broke Out Between Troopers And Suspect
6:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

OHP Troopers Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Arrest Of Hearing-Impaired Man

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Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been cleared of wrongdoing after the arrest of a hearing-impaired man involved in a hit-and-run accident.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater cleared troopers Eric Foster, Kelton Hayes and Jason Owens.

Prater says statements made by the troopers concerning the arrest of Pearl Pearson Jr. matched Foster's dash cam video and witness statements.

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100-year-old building needs overhaul
4:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Letter Urges Legislators To Support Capitol Building Repairs

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A nine-member committee that oversees the long-term management of state buildings is urging the Legislature to support a bond issue of up to $160 million to repair the state Capitol.

The Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission voted Thursday to send a letter to lawmakers urging support of the bond issue.

The Senate already has passed a bill authorizing up to $160 million in bonds to pay for an overhaul of the nearly 100-year-old building. That measure is pending in the House, where conservatives have rejected the idea of borrowing money.

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World Views
2:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road - Rio Ready? Brazil's Inequality Ahead Of World Cup, Olympics

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

Rio de Janeiro is known throughout the world for its Carnival celebration and an incredibly diverse and lively culture, but this vibrant image contrasts with striking examples of inequality.

University of Oklahoma anthropologist and International Studies professor Erika Robb Larkins says “the beauty of the contradiction of Brazil” is the coexistence of cultural vibrancy and the challenges facing segments of the population. Wealth neighbors poverty in close proximity throughout Rio de Janeiro.  

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World Views
2:07 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscar Talk: The Five Academy Award Nominees For Best Foreign Language Film

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The 86th annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday evening, and this year a record 75 countries entered the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss each of the five films submitted by directors from Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

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Corrections
1:27 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Oklahoma Inmate Refuses To Leave Cell For Clemency Hearing

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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A death row inmate set for execution next month is refusing to leave his prison cell to attend his clemency hearing before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Clayton Lockett was slated to appear via video hookup before the board on Friday to ask for clemency.

But officials say Lockett refused to leave his cell, so his lawyer asked the board to commute Lockett's death sentence. Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa.

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State Capitol
9:46 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Cherokee Nation Officials Like A Possible Oklahoma Native American Cabinet Post

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is applauding efforts to create a cabinet level position in the Oklahoma governor's office that would be dedicated to Native American affairs.

State Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita has authored a bill that would create an executive branch cabinet secretary of Native American Affairs. The secretary would be designated the Oklahoma Native American liaison. Hoskin is also the Cherokee Nation chief of staff.

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Oklahoma City
8:42 am
Fri February 28, 2014

How Will OKC Handle 900,000 Residents? City Government Seeks Answers

If you think it's crowded at events like the Festival of the Arts now, what will it be like when Oklahoma City's population hits 900,000?
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Oklahoma City residents are invited to attend any of seven workshops and offer their opinions on how the city should grow.

The planokc workshops begin Monday and run through March 12.

About 600,000 people live in Oklahoma City now, and planners say the population is projected to grow in the state's largest city to around 900,000 during the next 40 years.

Workshop attendees can view examples of how Oklahoma City could accommodate an additional 300,000 people and around 170,000 jobs. Residents can also share their opinions about how the city should grow.

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Music
7:38 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Norman Native Performs Mozart With OKC Phil

Yolanda Kondonassis
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Grammy-nominated and Norman native, harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Civic Center.

The program will features Kondonassis performinig Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K.299 with flutist Marina Piccinini. The program will also include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 both under the direction of Joel Levine.

Kondonassis says performing for a “hometown” crowd is fun because she sees friends and others she knows.

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Creates new department
6:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Bill To Consolidate State Agencies Clears House Committee

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A plan to consolidate Oklahoma's arts, history and tourism agencies into one new organization has narrowly cleared a House committee.

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Has Been Found Unconstitutional in other states
3:59 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Oklahoma House Passes Abortion Legislation Requiring Providors To Have Clinical Privileges

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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

The House voted 73-9 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration. It is one of several anti-abortion measures filed in the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature.

The measure author, Republican Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow, says it is designed to protect unborn children and women who may develop medical complications during an abortion.

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