Oklahoma News

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A Tulsa federal judge has ruled that an American Indian student at Caney Valley High School can't wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate's recommendation to deny senior Hayden Griffith's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her wear the feather during her graduation ceremony Thursday.

The U.S. Supreme Court is examining whether the death penalty method in Oklahoma constitutes cruel and unusual punishment for using a virtually untested drug called midazolam.

The plaintiffs, several prisoners on death row in the state, brought the case after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, who took 43 minutes to die on the gurney in April of 2014.

Paul Phillips stands in front of his home. He rebuilt on his lot after the 2013 tornado destroyed his house.
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It’s been two years since a deadly EF-5 tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, taking the lives of 24 people, including seven children, and destroying nearly 1,100 homes. In the months following the storm, there was a housing boom, but that surge has since plateaued.

It’s easy to drive through Moore and south Oklahoma City to figure out exactly where the tornado came through two years ago. Construction vehicles crowd streets, overgrown weeds occupy lots where homes used to be and clusters of new houses pepper the once-established neighborhoods.

Former Norman High School student Tristen Killman-Hardin
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A former Norman High School student accused of sexually assaulting a classmate pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of first-degree rape.

A judge sentenced 19-year-old Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin to ten years. Eight of those are suspended, meaning he’ll spend a little less than two years behind bars due to credit for time already served. He’ll also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

A mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, that has been converted for local agency use at the Summit County Sheriff's office in Ohio.
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Law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma may have to return military-style equipment after President Barack Obama announced he is prohibiting the federal government from providing certain vehicles and firearms through the Law Enforcement Support Office.

After a string of racially fueled protests across the country, Obama says the federal government will no longer fund certain equipment for local agencies, including tracked armored vehicles and firearms and ammunition .50 caliber or higher.

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Blue Bell Creameries has signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

The requirement comes after the company based in Brenham, Texas, failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

Blue Bell says the agreements, signed on Thursday, include a provision for instituting "test and hold" procedures for all finished products before they are shipped out.

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The chairman and CEO of OGE Energy Corp. has announced plans to retire.

Pete Delaney announced Thursday during a shareholders meeting that he will step down during the first quarter of 2016.

OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric.

Delaney's announcement came after shareholders approved the election of OGE Energy President Sean Trauschke to the board of directors. Trauschke has been president of OGE Energy since September and has been president of Oklahoma Gas and Electric since 2013.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

An Oklahoma Senate committee has given its approval to a $25 million plan to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 26-16 Thursday and sent the plan to the full Senate for a vote.

The bill would authorize $25 million in bonds to finish the museum situated on 67 acres along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

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The Oklahoma House has passed a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to reaffirm the nation's commitments to protecting religious freedom and condemning the deaths of Christians around the world.

The measure's author, Republican Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma City, said Tuesday that the Christian faith is restricted and even banned in some places around the world and a growing number of Christians are being persecuted and killed for practicing the faith.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt admitted Wednesday his office incorrectly cited documents in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of the lethal injection case. Spokesman Aaron Cooper says the error was "inadvertent."

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