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Sexual Harassment Case
6:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Office Of Civil Rights Enforcement Files First Lawsuit

Credit Miami Oklahoma Official Website

Oklahoma's attorney general has filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a Miami restaurant and its owner over allegations of sexual harassment of employees.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Ottawa County District Court is the first legal action filed by the newly formed Office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Office.

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Attorney gathering signatures on petition
5:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Opposition To Mandatory Minimum Wage Law

Credit Office Of The Governor

Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that the new law threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Slane wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City.

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Restricts Use of Abortion-inducing drugs
3:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abortion Drug Bill Passes The Senate Easily

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr.com

A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011.

The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.

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Ouachita Streambed Salamander
2:55 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Species Discovered By Oklahoma Student

Credit Dr. Ronald M. Bonett

A salamander first discovered by a University of Tulsa doctoral student in 2011 is being hailed as a new species in an international journal for animal taxonomy.

Doctoral student Michael Steffen and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Herpetologist Kelly Irwin discovered the new species in May 2011 while studying genetic diversity of other salamanders in Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs, Ark.

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No need for campaigns
6:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

58 Automatically Win Due To No Opposition

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With the candidate fields set, campaigns for state House and Senate seats across Oklahoma are ramping up, but half of the state House and nearly one-third of the state Senate members can mothball their campaigns for another cycle.

A total of 57 legislators, and a Claremore man who filed for a legislative seat, were officially elected to their posts without an election challenge after the three-day filing period ended last Friday.

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Sex offender laws need to be continually updated
6:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Vote To Ban Sex Offenders From State Parks

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to prohibit habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a neighborhood, town, county or state park.

The House voted 93-1 Monday for the bill that bans individuals who have committed a crime against a child or individuals who have committed more than one sex crime from entering the parks. Republican Rep. Josh Cockroft of Wanette said the bill stems from uncertainty over whether or not state parks are included in a current ban.

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Accessory after the fact
4:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fourth Person Charged In Death Of Australian Baseball Player

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A fourth person is charged in the death of an Australian baseball player in southern Oklahoma.

The Stephens County District Attorney's Office tells The Associated Press that 22-year-old Oddesse Barnes, of Duncan, is charged with accessory after murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, of Melbourne.

Lane was jogging in Duncan last August when he was shot and killed.

Two teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder.

Barnes was arraigned Monday and entered a not guilty plea.

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State supreme Court's decision unanimous
2:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fort Sill Apache Recognized As Tribe In New Mexico

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New Mexico's highest court has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez to recognize the Fort Sill Apache as a New Mexico tribe.

The state Supreme Court unanimously made the decision Monday after hearing from lawyers in the case.

Tribal chairman Jeff Haozous told reporters after the ruling that state recognition will give the Apaches a "seat at the table" with New Mexico's other 22 tribes and pueblos.

The governor must invite the tribe to a yearly tribal-state summit.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

How Abraham Lincoln Used 701 Words To "Bind Up The Nation's Wounds"

The handwritten opening lines of President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1865.
Credit Library of Congress

A little over a month before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address as the Civil War drew to a close.

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Oklahoma Politics
10:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Minority Leader Inman Confident House Dems Can Hold 29 Seats

Okahoma's House Democrats hold a press conference on education and Gov. Mary Fallin's budget - March 2013
Credit Oklahoma House Democrats / Facebook

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) called last week "interesting” with candidate filing and legislation passing House Appropriations and Budget Committee to fund the Native American Cultural Center and Museum.

Stating the House Democrats are “encouraged and excited” for the future, Inman said currently 23 of the 29 members of the caucus have filed for re-election.

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