7:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Troubled Oklahoma Student Test Scores Tossed

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The State Department of Education says it is throwing out all less than satisfactory student scores after a series of failures disrupted student testing in April.

ECapitol's Chrisitie Southern reports a study of the testing failure evaluated all students who had an interruption regardless of the day. The testing system malfunctioned April 29th and April 30th.

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House Speaker Shannon Meeting In Coffee Shops
6:17 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

T.W. Shannon Wants To Have A Cup Of Coffee With Constituents

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

House Speaker T.W. Shannon is hosting public meetings this week with Republican members of the House and their constituents.

The Lawton Republican plans to meet at coffee shops Tuesday in Oklahoma City and Norman to discuss some of the highlights of the last legislative session and the upcoming special session that is set to begin on Sept. 3 for changes to the state's civil justice system.

Shannon will be at the Kamp's 1910 Cafe at 10 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City, followed by a 2 p.m. stop at La Baguette in west Norman.

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11:26 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Manning Sentencing Set For Wednesday Morning

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
Credit United States Army / Wikimedia Creative Commons

A military judge says she'll announce on Wednesday the sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.

Army Col. Denise Lind said Tuesday she was still deliberating but would announce the sentence at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence him to 60 years.

Manning's defense didn't recommend a specific amount of time, but suggested he should spend no more than 25 years in prison.

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11:24 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Oklahoma School Year And Severe Weather

Lead in text: 
Oklahoma school children attend classes in all kinds of weather. Do you know where the greatest risk for severe weather is located in the state during the school year? Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Patrick T. Marsh crunches the numbers.
With the school year either already begun, or about to begin, for much of Oklahoma, I thought I'd write a post about the Oklahoma School Year and severe weather. For these results, I've identified the school year as every day between the months of January through (and including) May as well as August through (and including) December.
Attorney General
11:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury Meets Again

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury is reconvening to investigate matters of local as well as statewide interest.

The grand jury will reconvene on Tuesday and meet thru Thursday at the OklahomaAttorney General's Office in Oklahoma City.

The multicounty grand jury was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in September. It is led by Assistant Attorney General Megan Tilly, chief of the Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.

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Native American
10:29 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Oklahoma Tribe Taking Census For Safety

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation cultural heritage center.
Credit Citizen Potawatomi Nation

An Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe is conducting a census of its members to help in emergency response efforts.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is conducting a census of tribal members. It's trying to gather contact information and demographic details.

The tribe says that after recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, officials had a difficult time reaching members of the Nation. Officials hope the census will provide better contact information.

The data will also collect geographic information for grant applications.

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State Capitol
10:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

ACLU Files Oklahoma 10 Commandments Monument Lawsuit

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the removal from state Capitol grounds of a monument that bears the Ten Commandments.

The Tulsa World reports Monday that the civil liberties group filed suit in Oklahoma County District Court and names the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission as the defendant.

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Former Chief In Education For 50 Years
6:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Osage Nation Chief George Tall Chief Memorial Set For Saturday

Seal of The Osage Nation
Credit Osage Nation

 A memorial service for a former Osage Nation chief who died last week will be held on Saturday.

The Tulsa World reports that a memorial service for George Tall Chief will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gray Horse Chapel in Fairfax.

Tall Chief was chief of the Osage Nation from 1982 to 1990. He died Aug. 11. He was 96.

Tall Chief was a proponent of the three branches of government and an early supporter of its adoption in the Osage Nation.

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Sonic And Tribe Do Business
6:21 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Wyandotte Nation And Sonic Work Together, Create Jobs

Sonic Drive-in
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The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is opening a Sonic Drive-In in Missouri in hopes of diversifying its economic ventures.

This is the first time the Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. has reached a development deal with a Native American tribe.

The tribe says the expected completion date for the restaurant is in October. It will be located in Seneca, about 10 miles from the tribe's headquarters in northeastern Oklahoma.

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