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1:51 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Sparks Out, Bass In As Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader

State Sen. Randy Bass (D-Lawton) pushing to get bill heard allowing voters to block horse slaughter plants, flanked by Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West and Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Democratic state Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton has been tapped to lead Senate Democrats after the 2014 elections, ousting the caucus' previous selection of a state senator from Norman.

Both Bass and state Sen. John Sparks confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday the 12-member Senate Democratic caucus had selected Bass to be minority leader-elect in the fall, but declined to discuss the matter further.

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World Views
1:14 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

From Drone Strikes To Lost Luggage, How International Law Affects Global Decision-Making

An AGM-114 Hellfire missile hung on the rail of an U.S. Air Force MQ-1L Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Credit TSGT Scott Reed / U.S. Air Force

International law impacts the behavior of both national governments and international non-state actors, governing things like the use of drones and military technology. But the effects can also be felt on an individual level – in everything from financial transactions to luggage protection and free-travel visas in the European Union.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:26 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cast-off State Parks Thrive Under Tribal Control, But Not Without Some Struggle

Rick Geisler, manager of Wah-Sha-She Park in Osage County, stands on the shore of Hula Lake.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

When budget cuts led the Oklahoma tourism department to find new homes for seven state parks in 2011, two of them went to Native American tribes. Both are open and doing well, but each has faced its own difficulties in the transition.

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Earthquakes
9:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

More Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma

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No injuries or damage were reported after a series of earthquakes rattled parts of central Oklahoma overnight, including a 4.1-magnitude temblor that woke many residents near Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded four earthquakes near Perry late Wednesday and early Thursday, and two more earthquakes near Guthrie early Thursday.

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Elections
7:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Day 2: Oklahoma Candidate Filing Continues

Candidates file for office Wednesday at the state Capitol
Credit Trait Thompson

Candidates will continue to file for state and local races at the Capitol on Thursday after a record-breaking first day.

Thursday will be the second of three days potential candidates can file for candidacy at the Oklahoma State Capitol. On Wednesday, 419 people filed, breaking the previous record for first-day filings from 2006.

More than 300 elected positions are up for grabs in November, including both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats, all five congressional seats, and statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor.

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Six contenders
6:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

5th District Race The One To Watch

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All five of Oklahoma's seats in the U.S. House are on the ballot in 2014, but it's the open 5th District seat in Oklahoma City drawing the most attention.

Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate, leaving open his seat that includes most of Oklahoma City.

Democrat Tom Guild, a 59-year-old retired college professor, was the first candidate to file for Lankford's seat on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period. Sixty-five-year-old state Sen. Al McAffrey of Oklahoma City also filed.

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One gets a veto
6:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin Signs Ten Bills Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed 10 bills into law and vetoed one.

House Bill 2509 was signed Wednesday. It will extend the end date on the aerospace engineer employee and employer tax credit and the employer credit for tuition reimbursement until Jan. 1, 2018.

Fallin said the tax credit plays a key role in maintaining Oklahoma's position as an internationally recognized hub for aerospace business.

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Fallin seeks another four-year term
4:28 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Three Candidate Race For Governor

Rep. Joe Dorman
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Gov. Mary Fallin has filed paperwork to seek another four-year term as the state's chief executive officer, and she's not the only one seeking the state's top post.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and Richard Prawdzienski, a Libertarian-leaning independent from Edmond, also filed to run for governor on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices.

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Transportation
2:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin Seeks Federal Help For Businesses Affected By Bridge Closure

Workers repair the James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River between Lexington and Purcell - March 7, 2014
Credit Provided / Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday she’s asking for federal aid for businesses in Purcell and Lexington affected by the closure of a state bridge that connects the two communities.

In a statement, Fallin said she’s requesting an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That allows McClain and Cleveland county businesses to apply for federally subsidized loans.

Fallin declared a state of emergency two months ago that allowed state reimbursements of up to $100,000 for each of the cities and the two counties. 

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State Capitol
12:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

House Committee Votes To Give Judicial Nominating Responsibilities To Legislative Leaders

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Attorneys would be appointed to Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission by leaders of the House and Senate under legislation adopted by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 6-1 for the bill Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

The 15-member commission nominates candidates for gubernatorial appointment to fill judicial vacancies.

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