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An animal rights watchdog group has filed a formal complaint against Oklahoma State University after a federal report outlined several violations of veterinary standards as part of the university's training program.  

In a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michael Budkie of the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now asked the agency to take the "most severe action allowable" under federal law against OSU.

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State finance officials say revenue collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund for state government trailed projections by nearly 10 percent last month, mostly because of huge decreases from oil and gas production taxes.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the General Revenue Fund totaled nearly $403 million, which is 9.8 percent below the official projection. It was also more than 10 percent below collections from the same month last year.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) speaking on the House floor in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 - December 12, 2013.
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The University of Oklahoma has been awarded a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The grant was awarded through NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to help further the agency's mission.

The grant will fund three years of research involving energy production and life support in the long-range exploration of space.

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Plaintiffs in a now-settled lawsuit say not enough progress is being made to improve the foster care system in Oklahoma.

The Pinnacle Plan is an agreement to the suit, which claimed the Oklahoma Department of Human Services had policies that led to the harm of abused and neglected children in state custody.

The plan has a list of specific improvements that should be met by 2017, with goals to reach along the way. Monitors of the plan have given mixed verdicts in the agency's success in meeting the benchmarks.

The Tulsa World reports that plaintiffs have written a letter to the monitors, seeking them to intervene to spur faster change.

Culex pipiens (the common house mosquito) is a species of blood-feeding mosquito of the family Culicidae. It is a vector of some diseases, such as Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, and urticaria. In the US, it can spread West Nile virus.
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Oklahoma health officials say the state's first two cases of West Nile virus this year were not transmitted by bites from the type of mosquitoes that thrive in massive floodwaters like the kind that covered the state the past month.

Tulsa Health Department epidemiologist Nicole Schlaefli says the variety of mosquito that breeds in floodwaters, the Aedes, is mainly a nuisance and not a carrier of the disease.

She says bites from another type of the insect, the Culex mosquito, likely caused the West Nile cases.

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Legislation intended to protect Oklahoma children from being killed or maimed in traffic accidents has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill by House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Del City requires a child under the age of 2 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children between 2 and 8 or a child shorter than four-feet, nine-inches must be properly secured in an appropriate child-restraint system.

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Legislation that governs the public release of video from body cameras worn by law enforcement officers has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The measure signed on Thursday allows for the release of body camera videos — with some exceptions.

A video can be withheld that depicts a death, unless that death was caused by a law enforcement officer. It also allows the redaction of incidents of great bodily harm and severe violence, unless the acts were caused by law enforcement.

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Jim Thorpe's surviving sons are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow them to pursue reburial of the famed athlete on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe's body was laid to rest in Pennsylvania more than 60 years ago.

His sons have been fighting to move the remains, saying their father wanted to be buried in the state of his birth.

A federal judge agreed with them, citing federal law on repatriation of American Indian remains. But an appeals court said the body should remain in Jim Thorpe, where it's kept in a roadside mausoleum.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man shot and killed by authorities grabbed a trooper and shoved him to the ground.

OHP spokesman Paul Timmons said at a news conference Monday that two troopers were asking Nehemiah and Brandon Fischer to get out of floodwaters on Friday.

Timmons said the Fischers walked toward the troopers and Nehemiah Fischer shoved one trooper to the ground. Fischer then was shot.

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Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

The Alabama agreement is similar to those the company reached last month with regulatory agencies in Texas and Oklahoma. Blue Bell has plants in the three states.

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