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Storme Jones

KGOU News Assistant

Storme is from Yukon, Okla., and is currently studying broadcast journalism and political science at the University of Oklahoma..  Storme has served in the nation's capital as a U.S. Senate page. Outside of classes, he enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics Oklahoma and attending OU athletic events.

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Editor's Note - This post was updated at 5:45 PM.

 

District Attorney David Prater announced Friday that Sgt. Christopher Barnes of the Oklahoma City Police Department will not be charged in the Sept. 19 fatal shooting of Magdiel Sanchez.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is requesting a one billion-dollar increase in funding. DOC officials say the funding is long overdue.

The $1.53 billion budget includes plans to increase staff pay, build two new medium security prisons and expand rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing recidivism rates.

DOC Spokesman Matt Elliott told KGOU, some state prisons are in need of things like locks and sewage system repairs.

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*Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole.

 

A spokesperson for Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, says the Senator “does not appreciate Trump’s name-calling style of politics.” The comment comes after President Trump referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, as “Pocahontas” in an Oval Office press conference commemorating Navajo Code Talkers in World War II.

 

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Five years after her son was first taken by ISIS in Syria, Diane Foley, the mother of slain freelance journalist James Foley, says she is holding out hope that justice will be served.

 

James Foley was kidnapped in northwestern Syria on November 22, 2012. Twenty-one months later he was beheaded by the so-called Islamic State. A video of the gruesome murder was spread across the world.

 

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A bill to cut several state agency budgets and cash out state savings accounts has made it to Governor Mary Fallin’s desk. The Oklahoma Senate passed HB1019X Friday, after the state House of Representatives refused to pass options increasing state revenue over the eight-week special session. Both chambers have adjourned, ending the session, and leaving Fallin to decide if she will sign or veto the bill.

 

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The Oklahoma legislature’s special session continues, as a compromise bill failed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Lawmakers nearly agreed to increase taxes on beer, tobacco and fuel, and were close to a deal on raising taxes on oil and natural production, which has been a major point of contention throughout the special session. The  tax package required 76 votes in the House, but fell 5 votes short.

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As the Oklahoma legislature wraps up its sixth week in special session, only one bill has made it to Governor Mary Fallin’s desk. The House of Representatives and Senate passed a bill to appropriate $23.3 million from the state’s “rainy day fund” for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

 

 

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The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced it will be forced to cut half of its services if lawmakers don’t fix the state’s budget.

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The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced it will be forced to cut half of its services if lawmakers don’t fix the state’s budget.

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Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) unveiled on Thursday what he said was the largest bipartisan budget deal in nearly three decades. Later in the day, Gov. Mary Fallin announced in no uncertain terms that a deal had not been reached.

“If there’s only one person at the altar, there’s no marriage,” Fallin said.

“She invited us to the altar. We said yes. If she is having cold feet, the people of Oklahoma are in serious trouble,” Inman replied in a Tweet.

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Although the special legislative session has been suspended, the deal-making continues. eCapitol News director Shawn Ashley says a revenue-raising package may be in the works.

 

Gov. Mary Fallin met with the House Republican Caucus on Wednesday for more than two hours. After the meeting, Fallin told eCapitol she was optimistic.

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Civil rights leaders and advocates for the deaf rallied in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, following the fatal police shooting of a deaf man. 

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A special legislative session to address a $215 million budget hole is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

 

Ecapitol news director Shawn Ashley says a leading proposal to help close the gap in the budget includes a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase.

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A special legislative session to address a $215 million budget hole is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

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House Appropriations and Budget Chair Kevin Wallace (R-Welston) has proposed filling the state’s $215 million budget hole by passing a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax, expanding tribal gaming and taking money from the state’s rainy day fund.

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Will the Oklahoma Legislature get behind a cigarette tax in the upcoming special session?

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a 1.25 percent sales tax on motor vehicles Thursday.

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Like many girls their age, fifteen-year-old twins Brooke and Alex Sutton love watching movies. But outings like going to the movies present a special challenge for the Sutton family.  

Brooke and Alex have Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that can cause developmental complications and communication difficulties. This means that sometimes the girls act out in public.

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A report published online Thursday claims to outline details of a budget agreement between Gov. Mary Fallin and House Democrats.

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2016 State of the State address Feb. 1, 2016.
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Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders in the state legislature do not appear to be on the same page with regards to a special legislative session.

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a $1.50 per pack “smoking cessation fee” on cigarettes. Without the $215 million dollars generated by the fee, the state will not take in enough revenue for the current fiscal year.

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