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State Capitol
9:58 am
Thu October 31, 2013

New Laws Include Oklahoma Driver's License Cost Hike

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety

Oklahoma drivers will have to pay an extra $12 for a license renewal under one of about 240 new laws signed by the governor and scheduled to take effect on Friday.

Among the others are three abortion-related laws, one that allows convicted criminals to seek a DNA test to prove their innocence, and another that expands the practice of noodling, or fishing by hand. Other bill topics include criminal penalties, pensions, elections, and the regulation of various professions.

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Native American
9:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Osage Nation Chief Counters Legislative Accusations

Osage Chief John Red Eagle
Credit Louise Red Corn / Bigheart Times

The Osage Nation principal chief is firing back at allegations made by a tribal congressional committee, which has recommended his ouster.

Osage Principal Chief John Red Eagle filed a three-page response Wednesday to a report filed earlier in the week by the Osage Congress' Select Committee of Inquiry.

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8:14 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Phone That Helped Andy Carvin Report the Arab Spring is Now in the Smithsonian

Lead in text: 
NPR's Andy Carvin used social media to confirm reports coming from the Arab Spring. The iPhone he used for his coverage is now a part of the American History Museum.
Andy Carvin is a man of many titles-"digital media anchor," "real-time news DJ" and "online community organizer," to name a few-but the one he is most comfortable with is "storyteller."
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
6:27 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Aerospace And Aviation Organizations Receive Grant Money

Plane Flown By Tuskegee Airmen In WWII
Credit Tony's Place / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has awarded $57,500 to several organizations in the Oklahoma City metro area that teach youth about aerospace and aviation.

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School Report Cards
10:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Losing Confidence: A-F Grading System Dogs Oklahoma Education Dept.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

A state Department of Education spokeswoman says "sniping" over the controversial A-F school grading system needs to stop because parents deserve better.

Spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton's comments came in response to Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall's recent call for school leaders statewide to move on a vote of "no confidence" in State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

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Native American
9:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Osage Government Panel Recommends Removal Of Chief

Credit Osage Nation

Findings to support seven allegations of wrongdoing against Osage Nation Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle have been presented in a report by an Osage Congress committee that recommended his removal from office.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports that eight other allegations were deemed insufficient and no criminal matters are involved.

The tribe's Select Committee of Inquiry ruled that six of the charges were serious enough to warrant removal from office for the chief, who was elected in 2010.

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State Capitol
6:45 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Former Rep. Terrill Seeks Release After Tuesday Guilty Verdict

An Oklahoma County jury found former state Rep. Randy Terrill guilty of political bribery Tuesday. He is expected back in court Wednesday to seek release on bond while appealing his conviction.
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A former Oklahoma lawmaker convicted of bribery wants a judge to let him remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction.

A hearing is set for Wednesday in Oklahoma City on the request from former Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore.

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Corrections
6:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Study: Oklahoma Prison Health Care Costs Drop

Credit Kenny Breedlove / Flickr.com

A Pew Charitable Trusts report says the cost of health care for prison inmates in Oklahoma bucked a national trend and fell by 6 percent from 2001 to 2008.

Tuesday's report says Oklahoma spent $3,935 per inmate in 2008 — down from $4,201 in 2001. Researchers used numbers from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and 2008 was the most recent year available.

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Rise In Seismic Activity
4:38 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Numerous Earthquakes In Oklahoma May Require Additional Insurance

Seismic Graph
Credit Tom Phillips Photos / Flickr.com

Oklahoma's insurance commissioner is advising residents to purchase earthquake insurance after a national report suggested that seismic activity in the central part of the state is here to stay.

Commissioner John Doak says quake damage can cripple the finances of property owners who haven't purchased policies.

A report released last week from the U.S. and Oklahoma Geological surveys suggests an earthquake "swarm" continues to affect central Oklahoma after a record 5.6-magnitude quake rattled Oklahoma in November 2011.

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Bribery Probe
1:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma Lawmaker Denies Offering Bribe, Job

Former State Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A former Oklahoma lawmaker charged with bribery denies that he ever offered a legislative colleague a job in exchange for her promise not to seek re-election.

Former Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore testified in his own defense Tuesday during his trial in Oklahoma County District Court.

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