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Pauls Valley
7:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Spitting Watermelon Seeds A July 4th Tradition In Pauls Valley

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For some Americans, the Independence Day holiday is all about celebrating the country's history through good food, good friends and good fireworks.

In Pauls Valley, July 4 is also about watermelon seeds — spitting them, actually.

The south-central Oklahoma city of 6,000 is once again hosting the annual World Championship Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest to see who can use their saliva to propel the fruit's seeds the farthest.

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An In-Depth Report Coming Monday
9:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Oklahoma AG Says School Shelter Petition Meets Law

Take Shelter Oklahoma working on their first petition drive.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says the ballot title of an initiative petition to build storm shelters in public schools complies with state law.

Pruitt's office had five days from the date the petition was filed to make any changes needed to the ballot title. The office submitted a letter to the Secretary of State's Office Thursday that says the ballot title for State Question 774 complies with applicable laws.

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Independence Day Festivities

Credit OKCPhilharmonic.org

Friday marks 238 years since the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. Grab the lawn chairs, watermelon, Kool-Aid and blankets because central Oklahoma celebrates the Fourth of July with festivals and fireworks in several locations.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic hosts its annual Red, White and Boom in the Entertainment Plaza at State Fair Park Thursday, July 3.

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More Reporting This Coming Monday
8:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Group Files Second Storm Shelter Petition

Take Shelter Oklahoma's first petition effort.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.

Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahomavoters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.

The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, destroying two schools and killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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State Agencies Cut Even Though Revenues Expanding
8:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Treasurer: Gross Receipts Keep Climbing

Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections to the state treasury during the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $11.7 billion, an increase of more than 4 percent from the previous fiscal year

Miller released figures Wednesday that show collections for the month of June also were up about 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year.

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Oklahoma News
7:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

UCO Professor Featured In PBS documentary

The story of UCO professor of music Jim Klages’ battle with MS, “Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS,” will broadcast at 9 p.m. July 8 on OETA. Pictured here in 1986 during his time in “The President's Own” United States Marine Band, Klages’ USMC career was cut short after his 1989 diagnosis with MS, but chiropractic care has restored his ability to play the instruments he loves.
Credit University of Central Oklahoma

A University of Central Oklahoma music professor's struggle with multiple sclerosis will be featured in a PBS documentary airing next week.

The documentary on Jim Klages, "Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS," airs at 9pm on July 8 on OETA.

The film tells the story of Klages — an accomplished musician and cornet soloist for the United States Marine Band— who was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush's inauguration in 1989.

But Klages woke up that morning to an unusual, unshakeable tingling in his left arm which led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

The film documents Klages' illness, love of music and path toward recovery. As Klages’ story is shared widely this summer and into next year on PBS stations throughout the country, he hopes that his story of hope will resonate with those who watch it.

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Fallin And Inhofe Toured Last Friday
7:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Number Of Immigrant Minors At Fort Sill Tops 1,100

Governor Fallin and U.S Senator Jim Inhofe tour the facility last Friday.
Credit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe / Facebook

Federal officials say the number of immigrant children being housed at a temporary facility in Fort Sill has topped 1,100.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email Wednesday the latest count is 1,123. He says another 288 minors have been discharged from the facility since they started arriving there last month.

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state forestry officials worried
6:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Rural Fire Departments To No Longer Receive Surplus Military Vehicles

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State forestry officials say rural fire departments across Oklahoma could be devastated as a result of an agreement between two federal agencies to stop providing surplus military vehicles.

State Forester George Geissler said Wednesday the agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency calls for a halt to providing no-cost surplus military vehicles and equipment to fire departments across the country.

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Immigration
11:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

VIDEO: Bridenstine Denied Access To Fort Sill Detention Facility

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine attempts to gain access to the immigrant facility at Fort Sill.
Credit U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine / Facebook

A Republican congressman from Oklahoma says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing hundreds of mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa says he was visiting the Army post on Tuesday when he approached the facility and was told by security that he was not allowed to enter.

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Immigration
1:35 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Oklahoma Officials Call For Immigration Reform

A group of current and former Oklahoma Republican elected officials is urging Congress to pass an immigration reform measure this year, saying the current system isn't working for the state's business owners and farmers.

In a letter Tuesday to the state's five U.S. House members and two U.S. senators, the group says there is broad support among Republican voters to make significant changes to the country's immigration system.

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