Politics and Government
8:21 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Coburn: Attack Ads Against Lankford Not Truthful

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
U.S. Senate Democrats Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn hasn't officially endorsed any of the seven Republicans seeking to replace him, but he is criticizing an attack ad against James Lankford, one of the leading candidates.

In a statement issued Thursday, Coburn criticized the ads by independent groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and Oklahomans for a Conservative Future that support GOP challenger T.W. Shannon. Coburn said the ads "aren't truthful" and mischaracterize Lankford's record.

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Politics and Government
6:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Election Board Makes Oklahoma’s Electoral History Available Online

Charles N. Haskell, the first governor of Oklahoma.
Harris & Ewing Library of Congress

Results from state and federal elections dating back to statehood are now available on the State Election Board website, Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Thursday.

The website previously included results from recent elections, but the discovery of electronic files including detailed results from older elections allowed for the archive to be completed.

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5:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma Drought Conditions Lessen

U.S. Drought Monitor - Oklahoma 6/10/2014
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

A new report says drought conditions are improving in Oklahoma, though more than half of the state remains in extreme or exceptional drought.

New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 17 percent of Oklahoma is in exceptional drought — the most severe classification of drought. That's down from 21 percent a week ago.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:46 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Court Losses Won’t Deter Attorney General Scott Pruitt In His Fight With The EPA

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When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — predictably — blasted the plan as another example of federal overreach in the Obama Administration’s war on fossil fuels.

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10:30 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Brightmusic And The deadCENTER Film Festival


With Father’s Day upon us, our hope is that this week’s OneSix8 might inspire an outing with dear ol’ Dad...and the rest of family.

Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents its third annual Spring Festival called “The Music of France” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City. The four-part concert series takes place Thursday, June 12, Saturday, June 14, Sunday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 17.

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Oklahoma News
9:18 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma Judge To Hear Arguments In Fallin Records Case

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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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