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average wait time of 44 days
4:08 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

VA Says Growing Population Of Veterans Adds To Wait Time For Appointments

Credit U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veteran Affairs officials say steady growth in the veteran population and other factors are helping to drive up wait times at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

Officials discussed why veterans sometimes face lengthy waits for appointments on Tuesday, a day after a federal audit revealed new patients seeking health care at the Oklahoma City veterans facility waited an average of 44 days for a primary care appointment.

The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs also found that new patients seeking specialty care had to wait about 48 days to be seen in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Legal Affairs
1:44 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

OK Supreme Court Upholds Judgment Against Native Wholesale Supply

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a $47.7 million judgment awarded to the state over the sale of illegal contraband cigarettes.

The state's high court ruled Tuesday against Native Wholesale Supply, a company chartered by the Sac and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma. The state Attorney General's Office had requested the judgment be deposited into the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Fund.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court
12:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

OK Supreme Court Sides With OPEA

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reinstated an injunction that blocked the state Military Department from implementing a change in its employee classifications.

The state's highest court handed down the decision Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against the agency by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. The decision reverses the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, which last year reversed a temporary injunction ordered by Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton.

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OK Public Utilities
7:55 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Jerry Sanger To Head OK Public Utilities Unit

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has named Assistant Attorney General Jerry Sanger the new chief of the attorney general's public utilities unit.

As public utilities unit chief, Sanger will represent the interests of the state's utility customers in rate-related issues. The unit also participates in utility-related task forces, rulemaking proceedings and other legislative activities.

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Kitchen Lake Renewal
6:27 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Southeast OKC Celebrates New Park Opening

Fishing pole
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is expected to cast a fishing line into Kitchen Lake to celebrate the opening of a new park on the city's southeast side.

A ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after more than $850,000 was spent renovating a portion of the 160-acre park. Improvements include a new entry and parking lot, wheelchair-accessible sidewalks and a floating fishing dock.

Most of the funding came from a 2007 bond issue.

The lake has long been a favorite spot of local fishermen and is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie and three kinds of sunfish.

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Will start arriving Friday
6:08 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Illegal Child Immigrants To Be Housed At Fort Sill

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Officials say unaccompanied children who were apprehended as they tried to enter the U.S. illegally will be housed at Fort Sill by the end of the week.

Fort Sill announced Monday that between 600 to 1,200 children will reside at the installation on a temporary basis until they can be reunited with their families or placed with a sponsor.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families will be responsible for their care. An agency spokesman says the children are expected to arrive at Fort Sill starting Friday.

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Kept For Independent Autopsy
5:10 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Body Of Inmate Returns From Texas Minus Heart And Larynx

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 A state medical official says the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died of what corrections officials had said was an apparent heart attack after a botched execution was returned from an independent autopsy without the heart or larynx.

Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Monday the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office retained the body parts, a practice she said is not uncommon. Dallas County officials did not immediately return messages Monday.

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OK Veteran's Affairs Delays
1:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit Reveals OK Veterans Affairs Hospital Delays

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A newly released audit has found that new patients seeking health care at the Muskogee and Oklahoma City VA hospitals waited an average of 31 and 44 days, respectively, to be seen.

Monday's audit released by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that 464 new patients at the two facilities waited more than 60 days for an appointment.

The audit also found that established patients at both care centers had waits averaging just over two days to be seen.

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No Vaccine for Humans
8:20 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Horse Owners Warned About West Nile Virus

Three Horses Near Turley, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma horse owners are being encouraged to vaccinate their animals against the potentially deadly West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis diseases.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports about 40 cases in each of the past two years in which horses in the state have been infected with the diseases.

The diseases are often carried by birds and transferred to mosquitoes, which spread the viruses through bites to both horses and humans.

While there are vaccines for horses there are, as yet, no vaccines for humans.

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Wants to capture OKC's "vibrant energy"
6:15 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Feature Film To Begin Shooting In Oklahoma City

Actor Michael Ironside
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Principal photography is set to start this weekend across Oklahoma City on a feature film about a financial adviser who loses his wife and his memory during a random shooting.

The psychological thriller "Element" will start shooting Saturday. The shoot is expected to take 16 days and will feature locations around Oklahoma's capital, including Paramount Cafe, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse and the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.

The film stars Michael Ironside, who is known for his roles in "Top Gun" and "Total Recall."

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