Cherokee Adoption Case
11:42 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Father Of Cherokee Tot In Custody Fight Surrenders

Credit Cherokee Nation

The father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a custody dispute has surrendered to Oklahoma authorities amid claims he's interfering with parental rights granted to a South Carolina couple.

A secretary for Sequoyah County Judge Jeff Payton said Dusten Brown surrendered Thursday. Gov. Mary Fallin signed an extradition warrant Wednesday, saying Brown wasn't negotiating in good faith with a Charleston, S.C., couple granted custody of the girl in July.

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OneSix8
8:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Red Carpet-Worthy Names

"Wicked" comes to the Civic Center Music Hall Sept. 4 - 22.
Credit Joan Marcus / Celebrity Attractions

Big names fill this week’s OneSix8. From a renowned Broadway show to some of Oklahoma’s own, entertainment this week is sure to have something for everyone. 

Characters from The Land of Oz have arrived at The Civic Center Music Hall. The popular Broadway musical “Wicked” returns to Oklahoma City this month for the 2013-2014 Celebrity Attraction season.

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Erin Williams has joined St Louis Public Radio as a Fellowship Producer, where she will be creating stories centered around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Erin Worked as an editorial aide and staff writer at The Washington Post, covering arts, culture, and entertainment for the Style section and was a reporter for the site The Root âââ

Native American
5:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Fallin Signs Extradition Order For Dusten Brown

Governor Mary Fallin
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A press release from Governor Mary Fallin's office said that today she signed the extradition order for Dusten Brown, the biological father of “Baby Veronica.”  

Brown is contesting Veronica’s adoption to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, South Carolina. His arguments have now been rejected by the United States Supreme Court as well as courts in South Carolina and Oklahoma.  

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5,000 Patients Exposed To Infectious Diseases
4:14 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Tulsa Oral Surgeon

Dental instruments
Credit Fred Sharples / Flickr.com

A class action lawsuit has been filed against a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of exposing thousands of his patients to hepatitis and HIV because of unsanitary clinics.

The lawsuit, filed by seven people in Tulsa County District Court, names Wayne Scott Harrington, his corporation, his medical staff and several pharmaceutical companies.

The lawsuit says that the plaintiffs were patients of Harrington's and were exposed to infectious diseases through contaminated propofol vials. Propofol is an anesthetic used if medical procedures.

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Ben Philpott covers politics and policy for KUT 90.5 FM. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002. He's been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and twice by the Houston Press Club as Radio Journalist of the Year. Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Philpott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

State Capitol
11:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Oklahoma Rally Pushes For Better Nursing Home Care

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A group of Democratic lawmakers is hosting a rally and a legislative study on the condition of the state's nursing homes after Oklahoma recently received an "F'' grade in a national ranking of the states.

A rally to improve the condition of the state's nursing homes will begin at noon Wednesday on the south steps of the Capitol.

That will be followed by an afternoon study that will include a presentation from the executive director of Families for Better Care.

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Fronteras Senior Field Correspondent Mónica Ortiz Uribe (KRWG, Las Cruces) is a native of El Paso, Texas, where she worked as a freelance reporter prior to joining the Fronteras team.  She also anchors segments on KRWG-TV's Fronteras program.

Congress
6:23 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Representatives Oppose Syrian Strike

Congressman Markwayne Mullin
Credit Provided / U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he is unequivocally opposed to U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, including the use of air strikes against the Middle Eastern country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the first-term Republican said it is not the responsibility of the U.S. to get involved in a country's civil war and that neither side in the conflict there have the United States' best interest in mind.

President Barack Obama requested congressional approval for limited military action in Syria over the weekend.

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