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Arts and Entertainment
6:55 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

OU President Boren: Garner Will Be Greatly Missed

Mourners leave flowers and other mementos at the statue of James Garner in downtown Norman.
Credit Jim Johnson / KGOU

The president of the University of Oklahoma says Oklahoma native James Garner will be greatly missed.

Garner died of natural causes at his Brentwood, California, home Saturday night. He was 86.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his witty, low-key style, especially with the TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files."

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says Garner, a native of Norman, was a loyal friend to his hometown and university.

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Arts and Entertainment
10:53 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Group Hopes To Build Oklahoma Pop Culture Museum

Leon Russell
Credit anyjazz65 / Wikipedia Commons

An Oklahoma group, Project OKPOP, hoping to build a museum highlighting the contributions to popular culture made by musicians, writers and other artists with ties to the state says it will continue pushing for funding for the project.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and drummer Jamie Oldaker, who performed for years with Eric Clapton, are among those who have donated to the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture's more than 100,000-piece collection.

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Oklahoma News
7:02 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Report: 1M Visitors To Oklahoma's National Parks

Oklahoma City Memorial
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma's national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million.

Oklahoma has thee national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Sue Masica is the director of the Nationa Parks Service Intermountain Region, which includes Oklahoma. She says the report shows that parks tourism is an important factor in Oklahoma's economy. 

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Oklahoma News
7:24 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Reactions to Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Okahoma's Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

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Reactions to today’s federal court ruling striking down the Oklahoma ban on on same-sex marriage were mostly from those celebrating the decision. Friday's ruling was put on hold pending any appeal, which means gay marriages won't immediately take place in Oklahoma.

An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban. The court decision was in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin.

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State Capitol Repairs
5:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Three Named To Oklahoma Capitol Repair Committee

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.

Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

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Religion
5:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Hobby Lobby President Shares Plan For Bible Museum

The Bible
Credit NYC Wanderer

The president of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby says a Bible museum to hold his family's collection in Washington, D.C. is expected to open in 2017.

The Times Record reports Steve Green spoke to some 600 attendants of the Fort Smith Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Friday. The Christian Business Men's Committee invited him to speak at the event more than a year ago.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:52 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Gov. Fallin Says Gay Marriage Ruling Tramples States' Rights

Credit Office Of The Governor

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Fallin said the amendment was approved by 76 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004.

"I was one of the many voters who cast my ballot in favor of traditional marriage," she said. 

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Water
10:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Officials To Study Oklahoma Water Shortage Solutions

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is planning in-depth studies to prevent water supply shortages in western Oklahoma.

Planning specialists will study three of the state's twelve "Hot Spot" basins identified in a 2012 water plan as expected to have the most water supply challenges within the next 50 years.

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Agriculture
7:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wheat Crop Worst In Nearly Half Century

Fred and Wayne Schmedt say the drought has withered their wheat plants down from an average height of 24 to 30 inches to just 6 to 8 inches.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma agriculture officials say ongoing drought during the start of spring followed by a late freeze and untimely late spring rains produced the worst wheat crop in nearly a half century.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission director Mike Schulte says the current projection is for about 51 million bushels of wheat in the state — the lowest total since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957.

Schulte says the harvest is considered 97 percent complete as of Monday but says he knows of no farmers still trying to collect the crop.

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Home Repair Fraud
6:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Attorney General Gets His Man

Credit Office of the Attorney General

After a four-year pursuit, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says it has secured $42,158 in restitution from a Texas man for Oklahoma victims of home repair fraud.

The office said Thursday that Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged in 2010 with four felony counts of home repair fraud. Prosecutors say Madewell accepted more than $42,000 from seven homeowners for home repair and roofing work, but never started the projects. The projects were in Midwest City, Edmond and OklahomaCity.

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