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Native American
12:57 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Federal Recognition Requested For Chief Standing Bear Trail

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A Nebraska congressman says he'll seek federal recognition and a special designation for the trail the Ponca tribe took during a forced march more than 135 years ago.

The Lincoln Journal Star says Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska's 1st District plans to introduce a resolution that would create federal recognition for the Chief Standing Bear Trail.

The Nebraska Legislature has passed a resolution supporting the trail.

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Severe Storms
12:45 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

OU Looking To Add Storm Shelters Closer To Housing

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University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the planning phase for tornado shelters on the OU campus in Norman is nearing completion.

The $12 million project is an expansion of campus storm shelters for students living in university housing.

The OU Board of Regents last September approved — at Boren's request — the hiring of MA Plus to help design a campus system of additional storm shelters.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:16 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has had a ripple effect in Sooner State politics, reaching into the Fifth Congressional District, and all the way into the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and state legislative seats.

KGOU gathered eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, Watchdog.org Oklahoma bureau chief and CapitolBeakOK writer Patrick McGuigan, and SoonerPoll and Shapard Research President and CEO Bill Shapard to make sense of the several hotly contested races in both the GOP and Democratic primaries.

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Oklahoma News
9:13 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Baby Rhinoceros Born At Oklahoma City Zoo

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden Facebook

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a new baby boy: an Indian rhinoceros born Saturday.

The zoo says the male calf was born to a 7-year-old female rhinoceros named Niki. The calf's father is 28-year-old rhinoceros Chandra.

The zoo says the calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the facility added the species in 1981.

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Oklahoma News
6:15 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Man Impersonating Police Officer In Norman On The Phone

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Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester says a man impersonating law officers is calling people and asking for money.

Lester says his office received reports Friday afternoon that a man identifying himself as either Sgt. Joseph Kelly or as an Officer Hall has made the phone calls. The sheriff says his department does not have any employee with either name.

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Immigration
5:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Fallin And Inhofe Tour Fort Sill Army Barracks

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Gov. Mary Fallin visit Fort Sill on Friday.
Credit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin says 600 immigrant children being cared for in Army barracks at Fort Sill appeared to be healthy and in good spirits, and while they were in Oklahoma some of them were playing the game "Twister."

Fallin and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe visited the barracks Friday to view conditions for the children, who are between the ages of 12 and 17. They toured the shelter at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the children's care.

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University of Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Stadium Upgrades On OU Regents' Agenda

Madeline Stebbins KGOU

Upgrades to the University of Oklahoma's stadium are on the agenda when the school's board of regents meets next week.

The proposed renovations to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium are scheduled to be discussed when officials meet in Ardmore beginning Monday.

The regents are also scheduled to review the contracts and pay for the school's athletic department personnel, including football head coach Bob Stoops and his staff.

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Primary Elections
12:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Oklahoma Incumbents Look To Avoid A 'Cantor Redux'

(L-R): U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas at the Oklahoma Press Association's congressional delegation panel June 14.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

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Health
9:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

First Oklahoma Case Of Chikungunya Virus Confirmed

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says a Tulsa County resident has tested positive for the chikungunya virus, the first confirmed case of the disease in the state.

Chikungunya is not indigenous to Oklahoma or the continental U.S. The Oklahoman resident who tested positive for the virus recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip.

The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. The Health Department urges those considering traveling to any Caribbean island, South America, Africa or southeast Asia take extra precautions against mosquito bites.

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was to be ready in time for festival
6:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Woody Guthrie Home Renovations On Hold Due To Financial Dispute

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A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy.

The spat began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood salvaged from Guthrie's home in Okemah failed to sell last month on eBay.

Profits from the guitar sales were to go toward reconstruction of the 1860s-era property using lumber saved from the site when it was torn down in the 1970s.

The main players for the rebuild are not speaking and blame each other for the project's indefinite shutdown.

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