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Death Penalty
8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate To Ask For Clemency

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A former Oklahoma City motel manager scheduled to die for the 1997 beating death of the motel's owner is planning to ask a state panel to spare his life.

Richard Glossip will request clemency during a hearing Friday before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. The board could vote to recommend the governor grant Glossip clemency.

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Oklahoma News
9:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

State, Chickasaw Tribe Signs License Plate Compact

Gov. Mary Fallin signs a car tag compact Thursday with Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby to offer license plates to Chickasaw tribal members.
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby have announced a compact between the state and the tribe for Chickasaw Nation license plates to members of the tribe. 

The compact says Chickasaw tags will be sold exclusively at state-licensed tag agencies in Oklahoma. Chickasaws who want to purchase the tags will present their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card and pay the same fees and taxes any other Oklahoman for a tag.

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OU Marching Band
5:21 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Director Of The Pride Of Oklahoma Resigns

The Pride of Oklahoma
Credit University of Oklahoma - Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts

The director of the Pride of Oklahoma band at the University of Oklahoma is leaving after full page advertisements in three newspapers criticized his leadership.

Justin Stolarik said in a news release Thursday that he's stepping down immediately after two years as band director. OU President David Boren said former band director Brian Britt will return as director and as associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

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4:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

First Cases Of Influenza Reported In State

Credit Kat Masback /

Oklahoma health officials say two children have the state's first confirmed cases of the flu this season.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that two children younger than 5 have tested positive for the flu. The department said in a news release that one of the children is hospitalized, but did not release the child's condition.

The department says the child who is hospitalized is in Tulsa County and that the other child is in Oklahoma County.

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Oklahoma News
1:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

DNA Leads To Arrest In 1997 Christmas Day Rape

Credit MIcah Baldwin /

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says agents have arrested a Guthrie man for the rape and beating of an 85-year-old woman that happened on Christmas Day in 1997.

The agency said Thursday that the man was arrested Wednesday after DNA tests connected him to the rape and assault of the woman. According to online court records, formal charges had not been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

The OSBI says DNA was taken from the suspect after he was convicted on drug charges in 2013.

The agency says the victim of the crime died in 2008.

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Oklahoma News
1:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Court Rules Jim Thorpe Remains Will Stay In Pennsylvania

Credit Doug Kerr /

The remains of famed athlete Jim Thorpe will remain in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago.

A federal appeals court has thrown out a ruling that could have resulted in the remains' removal to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe's surviving sons had been fighting to move the body to Sac and Fox land in the state where he was born. U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo had ruled in their favor.

But the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Thorpe's body should remain in the town named after him.

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12:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Oklahoma State Board Of Education Wants Across-The-Board Pay Raise For Teachers

Credit Todd Binger /

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklahoma teachers in next year's budget.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved the budget request, which includes a proposed $213 million for the pay raise.

The agency's overall request is for nearly $300 million new dollars, but as agencies prepare for the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, it's common for officials to request more funding than the Legislature is expected to be able to appropriate.

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5:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Update: Duncan Police Recover Gun

Credit Stephens County Jail

Duncan police say they have recovered a gun believed to have been used to kill an Oklahoma newspaper publisher, his wife and teenage daughter.

Investigators found the weapon after executing a search warrant at a storage unit near the home of the victims.

Prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Alan Hruby in the shooting deaths of 50-year-old John Hruby, 48-year-old Tinker Hruby and 17-year-old Katherine Hruby.

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Oklahoma News
1:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Oklahoma State University Sues New Mexico State Over 'Pistol Pete' Logo

OSU sues NMSU over "Pistol Pete"
Credit US Patent and Trademark Office

Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU's mascot is "confusingly similar" to OSU's Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."

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12:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Judge To Let Most Of Oklahoma's New Abortion Law To Take Effect

Credit Ben Ramsey / Flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma County judge plans to let a new law take effect next month to restrict the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, but is temporarily suspending any portion that subjects abortion providers to legal liability.

District Judge Robert Stuart issued his ruling Wednesday following a hearing on the law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and takes effect Nov. 1.

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