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7:37 am
Fri May 9, 2014

All Five Oklahoma GOP House Members Vote For Benghazi Probe

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) during a May 8, 2013 hearing on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya
U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Flickr Public Domain

Oklahoma’s entire U.S. House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues yesterday to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) said the probe into Benghazi isn't a political issue, but proper Congressional oversight.

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Execution rescheduled to Nov. 13
5:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Gets Six-Month Stay Of Execution

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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

The court on Thursday reset the execution date of inmate Charles Warner to Nov. 13.

Warner's attorneys requested the six-month delay, and the state's attorney general said Thursday in a court filing he wouldn't object to the stay.

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dealt with federal gun regulations
4:09 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Senate And House Override Fallin's Veto

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The Oklahoma Senate has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.

The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.

The bill requires law enforcement authorities to certify within 15 days that a firearm applicant is eligible to receive it under federal regulations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Drier, Hotter, More Extreme Weather: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Oklahoma

A supercell near Courtney, Okla., in April 2014.
Kelly DeLay Flickr Creative Commons

A new federal report bluntly warns that every region of the United States is already observing climate change-related affects to the environment and economy.

In Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, climate change from carbon emissions is changing crop growth cycles, increasing energy and water demand, altering rainfall patterns and leading to more frequent extreme weather and climate events, the report concludes.

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This is KGOU
9:29 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Photo Exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May" Open For Viewing

KGOU General Manager Karen Holp stands proud in front of images from Not Another Day in May
Kate Carlton The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Earlier this week, KGOU's Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center hosted an opening reception for the exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May" at Leadership Square in Downtown Oklahoma City. A few of the photographers who have work featured in the exhibit were there to talk to listeners about the images. 

Politics and Government
9:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Entire Oklahoma House Delegation Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt

Lois Lerner testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 5, 2014. An inspector general's report blamed poor management but found no evidence of a political conspiracy. Many Republicans in Congress believe otherwise.
U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Flickr Public Domain

All five members of Oklahoma's House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. A year ago, she publicly disclosed that agents had improperly singled out tea party applications for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Henry V, OCCC’s Spring Choral Concert And A Food Drive

The new Reduxion Theatre at Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City.
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The Reduxion Theatre Company (RTC) opens its production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V on Friday, May 9.

Lads and ladies take a trip back to the early 15th century to see sword fights and authentic costumes staged 'in your lap' in the re-located Reduxion Theatre at Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City.  

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Wins voice vote approval
6:20 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Congressman Bridenstine Vies To Save AWACS

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Oklahoma Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine is making the pitch to save some aircraft at an Oklahoma base as the House Armed Services Committee begins crafting a $601 billion defense bill.

The committee began discussions Wednesday on a defense bill that would authorize spending on planes, personnel, weapons and ships in the budget year that begins Oct. 1.

Bridenstine, who is a pilot, won voice vote approval for saving three of seven AWACS aircraft based at Tinker Air Force Base.

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OU Law Professor says yes
6:14 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Is Hobby Lobby Against The First Amendment?

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The president of a crafts store chain who says the federal government has no business ordering him which health care options to offer employees has no problem telling local governments what they should be teaching in their schools.

Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, persuaded an Oklahoma school district to incorporate the Bible into its curriculum as an elective. His hope is that schoolchildren can put America on a righteous course.

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Transportation
11:40 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Passenger Rail Supporters 'Cautiously Optimistic' After Sooner Sub Sale

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By early July, the 97.5 mile rail line between Midwest City and Sapulpa known as the Sooner Sub will be privately owned. Passenger rail advocates have fought the sale for years, but they’re feeling optimistic right now.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission knocked out all but the last item of its agenda in about 20 minutes Monday. After a 10-minute recess, Chairman Greg Love moved on to the topic most people came for: Discussion on the sale of the Sooner Sub line.

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