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Says He Was Honored To Be Considered
4:46 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Chickasaw Nation Governor Will Not Run For Senate Seat

Credit Chickasaw Nation

The longtime governor of one of the state's most powerful Native American tribes says he has no plans to run for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat this year.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby released a statement Monday that said while he's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, he doesn't intend to run. Anoatubby says he hopes to continue in his role as head of the tribe "if it is the will of the Chickasaw people."

Anoatubby has been governor of the tribe since 1987.

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U.S. Senate
9:54 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Cole, Pruitt Decide Not To Run For U.S. Senate Seat

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are taking their names out of contention as a possible successor to retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

Both Cole and Pruitt released statements late Sunday saying they would not seek the open seat in 2014, and instead plan to run for re-election to their current posts.

A six-term congressman from Moore, Cole said his seniority in the House and seats on major committees make him more valuable to Oklahoma than he could be as a freshman senator.

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Higher Education
9:44 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Oklahoma Website Shares Research

Credit SHAREOK

The libraries at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma have joined together to create a website that makes published research results easily accessible to the public.

The website includes digital dissertations, faculty publications and research, open-access publications and more.

The project is called SHAREOK and is an effort to make federally funded research results freely available to the public. The White House has called for greater transparency in scientific research projects.

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Could Cut State Revenue By $125 Million
6:19 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Bills Filed To Lower Personal Income Tax Rate

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A group of House and Senate Republicans have introduced a plan to deeply slash Oklahoma's top personal income tax rate over the next four years.

Bills filed this week in the House and Senate would slash the rate from 5.25 percent to 4.75 percent in January, with additional cuts of one quarter of 1 percent each year until the rate reaches 4 percent in 2018. Each quarter-percent cut costs the state about $125 million in revenue annually, but supporters say the cuts will ultimately lead to increased revenues.

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Robert Patton Is From Arizona
4:37 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New Director For Oklahoma's Prison System

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Oklahoma's Board of Corrections has picked an official from Arizona as the Oklahoma prison system's new director.

The board voted Friday to hire Robert Patton, who runs the operations division in the Arizona prison system. Patton's salary was set at $160,000 annually.

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Elections
3:48 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Fallin Sets Election To Fill Coburn's Senate Seat

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Credit Tom Coburn / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin says the special election to fill U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's seat in the Senate will be held on the same dates as Oklahoma's primary and general elections in 2014.

Fallin said Friday the election dates will include a June 24 primary, a potential runoff election on Aug. 26, and a general election on Nov. 4.

Coburn already had said he wouldn't run after his term expired in 2016, but announced late Thursday that he planned to finish the current year in office and then step down.

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U.S. Senate
2:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Coburn Earns Praise From Obama, Oklahoma Colleagues

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced his retirement Thursday night after 9 years in the Senate. Coburn was also elected to the U.S. House in 1994.
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President Obama called U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) a personal friend who was willing to work in a bipartisan manner to fight wasteful spending and cut down on earmarks.

In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Obama noted that he and Coburn were both elected to the Senate in 2004 and quickly became friends after their wives struck up a conversation. Obama said the people of Oklahoma have been "well-served by this 'country doctor from Muskogee' over the past nine years."

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Gay Marriage
8:45 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Tulsa County Official Challenging Gay Marriage Ruling

A sign supporting gay marriage in California on the first day same-gender couples could legally marry there.
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Lawyers for the Tulsa County court clerk are appealing a federal judge's ruling that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

A notice of appeal for Court Clerk Sally Howe was filed Thursday with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The three-page notice did not raise any arguments.

Howe was named as a defendant in the case after she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.

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Bill Passes Senate
7:02 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Inhofe Votes No On Budget, Coburn Doesn't Vote

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Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe voted against a $1.1 trillion budget bill while fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn did not vote as the bill passed the Senate.

The bill eases many effects of last year's automatic budget cuts. It cleared the Senate on a 72-26 vote Thursday and now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Inhofe says he voted against the measure because he believes the bill contains cuts that he says are harming national security.

The bill funds every agency of government through September.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony In Stilwell
5:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Cherokee Nation To Open New Child Care Center

Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is scheduled to cut the ribbon on a new $4.2 million child development center in Stilwell.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday for the 19,000-square-foot child care center. The center will quadruple the size of an old center that was built in 1969. The new center features eight classrooms, four playgrounds, a culturally inspired reading circle area and a bell tower atop the building.

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