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Common Core
10:51 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Senate Panel: No Common Core Standards For Oklahoma Schools

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A state Senate committee has passed legislation that would limit federal control over so-called Common Core standards for math and English instruction in Oklahoma's public schools.

The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 for the measure Monday. The House-passed bill authorizes development of new English and math standards and prohibits the state Board of Education from entering into any contract that would limit state control.

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U.S. Supreme Court
9:58 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Justices Reject Oklahoma Plea To Restore Death Sentence

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The Supreme Court has refused Oklahoma's plea to reinstate the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two people in 1994.

The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court order granting a new sentencing hearing for Rocky Eugene Dodd.

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Dodd's death sentence because seven relatives of Dodd's victims were allowed to call for the death penalty in their testimony during the sentencing phase of Dodd's trial.

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U.S. House
9:26 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Mullin Ethics Update Expected Today

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.)
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The House Ethics Committee is expected to release an update Monday in its review of Republican Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.

Ethics Committee chairman Michael Conaway and ranking Democrat Linda Sanchez said in February they had received a referral about Mullin from the Office of Congressional Ethics. The OCE is an outside organization that can refer cases to the House Ethics Committee. The committee has not disclosed the subject of the potential investigation.

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Built by John D. Rockefeller
6:13 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Historic Winery Sold In Auction in Drumwright

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More than 1,000 people from across the country came to Drumwright to bid on a historic winery and its contents.

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Originally built for Terry Nichols trial
4:26 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Basement Courtroom Back In Business After 15 Years

Judge Donald Easter
Credit Oklahoma County

Court is back in session in the basement of the Oklahoma County Detention Center in a courtroom that hasn't been used in nearly 15 years.

The courtroom was originally built in 1999 for the trial of Oklahoma City Bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. It's now being used by Oklahoma County District Judge Donald Easter. Easter hears cases of inmates who cannot be released until they pay what is owed to the court, or agree to a payment plan.

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World Views
10:11 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Malaysian Jet Disappearance Reveals Political Games, Lack Of International Cooperation

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As of Friday nothing of significance had been spotted by search planes flying deep into the southern Indian Ocean looking for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

The search is part of an international effort to solve the nearly 2-week-old mystery of what happened to the jet, which disappeared with 239 people aboard.

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Corrections
8:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Media Restrictions Continue At Oklahoma Prisons

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has added new restrictions for members of the media visiting prisons, two weeks after the agency announced a ban on cameras for news media.

The department posted an addendum this week to its media access policies on the agency's website. The new policy requires the department to grant specific authorization in advance for video or audio recording.

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NCAA Basketball
6:41 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Bison Beat Sooners In NCAA Tourney

No. 12 North Dakota State defeats the No. 5 University of Oklahoma 80-75 in overtime.
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Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds as No. 12 seed North Dakota State knocked off Oklahoma 80-75 Thursday night.

The Bison (26-6) picked up their first NCAA tournament win by rallying in the final minute and then outlasting the No. 5 seed Sooners in overtime. Alexander finished with a career-high 28 points, but it'll be his falling-down, fist-pumping celebration after the tying 3-pointer that will be replayed in Fargo for years.

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part of post-surgery protocol
6:15 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Thunder Star Westbrook Will Sit Out Tonight's Game

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Oklahoma City All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will sit out tonight's game against the Cavaliers to rest his right knee.

Westbrook had surgery earlier this season, and the team is being careful with one of its star players. Oklahoma City plays Friday night in Toronto, and coach Scott Brooks said part of Westbrook's post-surgery protocol is to occasionally sit out when the team has back-to-back games.

Reggie Jackson will start at point for Westbrook, who averages 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jackson will make his 32nd start this season.

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Death Toll At 58
4:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Five More Deaths Due To Flu

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says there were five more deaths during the past week due to the flu.

The department reported Thursday that the death toll now stands at 58 due to the virus during the flu season that began in late September. Nearly 1,250 others have been hospitalized due to the flu.

The previous record of 46 flu-related deaths in 2009, the year state health officials began tracking the statistic, was broken in February.

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