World Cup of Softball
2:47 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

UPDATE: Ricketts Says She Wasn't Ready For Long-Term USA Deal

Credit University of Oklahoma Athletic Department

Former University of Oklahoma standout pitcher Keilani Ricketts says USA Softball pressured her into signing a long-term contract before she was ready.

Ricketts announced on Twitter Tuesday night that she would not be playing with Team USA this summer.

She clarified her reasons in an interview with The Norman Transcript, saying Team USA told her she had to sign a long-term contract immediately in order to play.

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Tulsa City Government
12:55 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Tulsa Sherriff Seeks Transfer Of State Inmates

Undersheriff Tim Albin
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is asking a judge to order the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to pick up state inmates awaiting transfers from the county jail. 

The request for injunction was filed Tuesday. Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin says transferring the inmates will ease the jail's overcrowding problem.

As of Tuesday, the county jail held 1,792 inmates — above the facility's capacity of 1,714 inmates. Albin tells the Tulsa World that about 160 to 170 inmates are being held for the Department of Corrections.

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OneSix8
10:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Americana Music

Credit Uyvsdi / Wikimedia Commons

The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, those inspired by Woody Guthrie, and Cole Porter fill the state this weekend and next. This week's OneSix8 gives you the 411 on each event.

Lyric Theatre continues its 2013 season with another classic musical. This time, a British schoolteacher named Anna moves to Siam in the 1860s as the governess for the King Mongkut’s children in “The King and I.” 

She falls in love with the kids but struggles with the differences between British and Siamese lifestyles. 

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Congress
8:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Bridenstine: Political Correctness Cause Of Fort Hood Shooting

A congressman faults political correctness in the military for allowing the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine says the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was open about his radical Islamist views before the shooting, but his Army superiors didn't take action for fear of appearing intolerant.

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Education
3:09 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Fallin Cabinet Down Three Since May With Latest Resignation

Phyllis Hudecki
Credit State of Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Education Phyllis Hudecki is the latest member of the governor's cabinet to announce her resignation, becoming the third to step down in as many months.

Fallin's office announced Tuesday that Hudecki planned to resign her post effective July 15 so that she could resume full-time duties as head of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition. Hudecki had been serving part-time as an OBEC executive while she served on the governor's cabinet.

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Politics and Government
1:27 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Attorney Maintains Tax Cut Bill Is Unconstitutional

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An attorney with a long track record of successfully challenging legislative actions as unconstitutional is taking aim at a bill to cut the state's income tax and fund repairs to the crumbling Capitol. 

Oral arguments were held Tuesday before a referee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Attorney Jerry Fent claims the bill is unconstitutional because it violates a provision of the state Constitution that requires bills to embrace only one subject.

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Indian Child Welfare Act
11:10 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Native American Adoption Case Gets New Complication

Credit Cherokee Nation

The case of a Native American child at the center of a custody dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court has another complication. Dusten Brown, the girl’s biological father, has now filed for adoption.

Brown and other relatives of three-year-old Veronica filed court papers in Oklahoma Monday to adopt the child. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The EPA Is Suing Oklahoma Gas & Electric Over Its Power Plant Emission Estimates

The first page of the federal government's complaint against OG&E
Credit StateImpact Oklahoma

The federal government on Monday filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma Gas & Electric, accusing the electric utility of violating the Clean Air Act by improperly estimating the amount of emissions that could come from upgrades at two coal-fired power plants.

A copy of the government’s complaint, which was made through the Environmental Protection Agency, is included on StateImpact Oklahoma's website.

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Weather and Climate
6:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Need Help With Paying Your Cooling Bills?

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will soon begin  taking applications to help low-income households pay their cooling bills this  summer. The agency announced it would begin taking applications Tuesday.

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Sports
6:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Making Coaching a Science? OSU Says Yes.

Oklahoma State University is offering a new minor  study in coaching science.    The new 18-hour minor program is open to students in any program who are  interested in coaching.    

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