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10:05 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Down To 4.5% In June

Richard McPherson - Executive Director, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
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The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 4.5% in June from 4.6% in May, according to a press release from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

The report issued Friday indicates over the year, Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved by a whole percentage point, dropping from 5.5% in June of 2013.

The report shows that in June 2014, 1,793,570 people were in the labor force population, with 1,712,400 employed and 81,170 unemployed.

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Politics and Government
8:46 am
Sat July 19, 2014

ABLE Commission Discusses Vapor Regulation Prohibiting Sales To Minors

An e-cigarette.
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Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission hear a presentation Friday on the agency’s preparation for enforcing a new law governing vapor products.

SB1602 passed by the legislature and signed into law places the products under the Youth Access to Tobacco Act for which ABLE is the lead law enforcement agency.

Under the new law, which takes effect November 1, it will be illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or possess vapor products, regardless of whether the product contains nicotine, explained ABLE Captain Maureen Shanta.

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Politics and Government
6:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Mary Fallin In A Close Contest With Joe Dorman For Reelection

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and Gov. Mary Fallin, major party candidates for Oklahoma governor in 2014.
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A new poll by Rasmussen on the Oklahoma governor’s race shows within the margin of error. Likely voters support for Gov. Fallin at 45 percent and opponent State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) at 40 percent. Seven percent favor some other candidate, while eight percent are undecided.

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Oklahoma News
7:24 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Reactions to Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Okahoma's Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

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Reactions to today’s federal court ruling striking down the Oklahoma ban on on same-sex marriage were mostly from those celebrating the decision. Friday's ruling was put on hold pending any appeal, which means gay marriages won't immediately take place in Oklahoma.

An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban. The court decision was in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin.

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State Capitol Repairs
5:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Three Named To Oklahoma Capitol Repair Committee

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.

Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

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Religion
5:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Hobby Lobby President Shares Plan For Bible Museum

The Bible
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The president of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby says a Bible museum to hold his family's collection in Washington, D.C. is expected to open in 2017.

The Times Record reports Steve Green spoke to some 600 attendants of the Fort Smith Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Friday. The Christian Business Men's Committee invited him to speak at the event more than a year ago.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:52 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Gov. Fallin Says Gay Marriage Ruling Tramples States' Rights

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Fallin said the amendment was approved by 76 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004.

"I was one of the many voters who cast my ballot in favor of traditional marriage," she said. 

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A U.S. appeals court in Denver has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Friday, saying Oklahoma's voter-approved ban violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored the same court's June 25 ruling in a similar case involving Utah.

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Water
10:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Officials To Study Oklahoma Water Shortage Solutions

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is planning in-depth studies to prevent water supply shortages in western Oklahoma.

Planning specialists will study three of the state's twelve "Hot Spot" basins identified in a 2012 water plan as expected to have the most water supply challenges within the next 50 years.

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World
9:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cole: More Than Sanctions Needed To Stabilize Eastern Europe

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The White House has called for an unimpeded international investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine. 

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says the suspected surface-to-air missile attack on the passenger plane shows that President Obama's announcement this week to impose more sanctions on Russia isn't enough to ease the conflict in Eastern Europe.

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