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Earthquakes
9:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

More Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma

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No injuries or damage were reported after a series of earthquakes rattled parts of central Oklahoma overnight, including a 4.1-magnitude temblor that woke many residents near Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded four earthquakes near Perry late Wednesday and early Thursday, and two more earthquakes near Guthrie early Thursday.

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Elections
7:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Day 2: Oklahoma Candidate Filing Continues

Candidates file for office Wednesday at the state Capitol
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Candidates will continue to file for state and local races at the Capitol on Thursday after a record-breaking first day.

Thursday will be the second of three days potential candidates can file for candidacy at the Oklahoma State Capitol. On Wednesday, 419 people filed, breaking the previous record for first-day filings from 2006.

More than 300 elected positions are up for grabs in November, including both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats, all five congressional seats, and statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor.

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Six contenders
6:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

5th District Race The One To Watch

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All five of Oklahoma's seats in the U.S. House are on the ballot in 2014, but it's the open 5th District seat in Oklahoma City drawing the most attention.

Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate, leaving open his seat that includes most of Oklahoma City.

Democrat Tom Guild, a 59-year-old retired college professor, was the first candidate to file for Lankford's seat on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period. Sixty-five-year-old state Sen. Al McAffrey of Oklahoma City also filed.

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One gets a veto
6:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin Signs Ten Bills Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed 10 bills into law and vetoed one.

House Bill 2509 was signed Wednesday. It will extend the end date on the aerospace engineer employee and employer tax credit and the employer credit for tuition reimbursement until Jan. 1, 2018.

Fallin said the tax credit plays a key role in maintaining Oklahoma's position as an internationally recognized hub for aerospace business.

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Fallin seeks another four-year term
4:28 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Three Candidate Race For Governor

Rep. Joe Dorman
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Gov. Mary Fallin has filed paperwork to seek another four-year term as the state's chief executive officer, and she's not the only one seeking the state's top post.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and Richard Prawdzienski, a Libertarian-leaning independent from Edmond, also filed to run for governor on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices.

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State Capitol
12:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

House Committee Votes To Give Judicial Nominating Responsibilities To Legislative Leaders

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Attorneys would be appointed to Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission by leaders of the House and Senate under legislation adopted by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 6-1 for the bill Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

The 15-member commission nominates candidates for gubernatorial appointment to fill judicial vacancies.

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At risk of demolition or deterioration
6:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma's Most Endangered Places

Westhope
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For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma state Capitol has made a list of the most endangered places in the state.

The nonprofit organization Preservation Oklahoma released its annual list of Oklahoma's most endangered places on Tuesday.

The list recognizes historic sites across Oklahoma at risk of demolition or deterioration and raises awareness about the need to preserve them.

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Helps housing and service programs
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

HUD Gives $6.6 Million In Grants To Programs In Oklahoma

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced $6.6 million in grants to renew support for 55 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The grants announced Tuesday support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are homeless. The grants also support job training; health care; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; and child care.

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Oklahoma City Zoo
4:34 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

UPDATE: Young OKC Giraffe Dies During Risky Surgery

Zoo officials hope Kyah will be returned to her mother at the zoo soon after the surgery, and say she could be back on her feet within two weeks.
Credit Jaimee Flinchbaugh / Oklahoma City Zoo

A 6-month-old female giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo died Tuesday during surgery to correct a terminal birth defect that affected her ability to eat.

Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson confirmed the death to The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson:

Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma City Democrat Announces U.S. Senate Bid

State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City)
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A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City who has been a leading liberal voice in the Senate has announced her plans to run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.

Flanked by family and friends, Sen. Connie Johnson announced her candidacy on Tuesday and said: "It's time for a change."

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