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Oklahoma News
3:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund Tops $1 Billion

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Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund now has a balance of more than $1 billion.

State Treasurer Ken Miller said Tuesday that the trust fund's balance reached $1.03 billion after a deposit of $57.6 million from the annual payment to the state from the tobacco industry. The state received a total payment of $76.9 million, with the remaining funds divided between health care related appropriations by the Legislature and the attorney general's evidence fund.

The payments are the result of a 1998 lawsuit by Oklahoma and 45 other states against tobacco companies.

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Oklahoma News
12:21 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Cannabis Oil Study Bill Heads To Gov. Fallin's Desk

State Rep. Jon Echols (R-OKC)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Gov. Mary Fallin's desk is the next stop for legislation that authorizes an investigational study into clinical trials on certain patients with severe forms of epilepsy using an oil derived from the marijuana plant.

The Oklahoma House voted 85-5 for the measure and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. Fallin has expressed support for the idea but says she remains opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana applications.

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Death Penalty
6:52 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Supreme Court To Hear Oklahoma Execution Protocol: Here's What You Need To Know

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday on Oklahoma’s current lethal injection protocol during Glossip vs. Gross. The state’s method has been criticized since last year’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett, and the high court’s decision will likely affect the rest of the nation’s capital punishment procedures.

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Oklahoma News
4:43 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Changing Composition Of Workforce Development Council

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that streamlines the composition of the Governor's Council on Workforce and Economic Development.

The bill signed Monday changes the membership of the council to give representatives of the private sector and business community a majority on the council, which will still receive input from state agencies.

The council is one of the main state bodies working to implement Oklahoma Works, Fallin's initiative to help boost educational attainment in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
3:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Applications To Build Storm Shelters Up In Moore

FEMA Public Information Officer, Nate Custer, left, and Resource Manager, Sterling Rich examine a newly installed storm shelter in Arkansas.
Credit Charles S. Powell / FEMA

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore.

Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March 25 tornado.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:06 am
Mon April 27, 2015

OETA's Oklahoma Forum: The Oklahoma City Bombing

On this edition of OETA's weekly public affairs program Oklahoma Forum, how Oklahomans reacted to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995 and changed disaster response in the United States.

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Law Enforcement
10:35 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Tulsa County Undersheriff Resigns After Report Surfaces On Reserve Deputy Robert Bates

Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin at the 2014 groundbreaking of a new law enforcement training center.
Matt Trotter KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office announced the resignation Monday morning of an undersheriff at the center of an investigation into the conduct and treatment of a reserve deputy who shot and killed a restrained suspect earlier this month.

In a statement Monday morning, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz said given the gravity of the current situation, he and Undersheriff Tim Albin agreed to a change in leadership and direction for the sheriff’s office.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:00 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Price Of Admission To Nursing Homes: No Lawsuits

State long-term care ombudsman Bill Whited, holding a picture of his grandmother, Pearl Wolf.
Credit M. Scott Carter / Oklahoma Watch

In the summer of 2013, Pearl Wolf, 93, got sick and went to the hospital. After watching her health decline, her family decided to place Wolf in a nursing home.

“She was really starting to deteriorate,” her grandson, Bill Whited, said.

The family decided to place Wolf in Rose Manor in Shawnee. Located near Wolf’s house, the facility accepted Medicaid and Medicare patients and Whited considered its staff excellent. The family hoped Wolf would get well enough to return home.

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Law Enforcement
10:46 am
Fri April 24, 2015

CLEET Director Wants More Training For Reserve Officers

Scott Kendrick observes two Canadian County deputies during defensive tactic training at CLEET headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Scott Kendrick has spent a lot of time at the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training’s campus in Ada. Last week, he stopped by to check on two Canadian County sheriff’s deputies during their defensive tactics lessons, teaching them how to get out of a chokehold.

Kendrick spent about 15 years in law enforcement as a full-time officer. He left ten years ago but decided to stay involved as a reserve deputy.

“The reason I left was because the retirement plan was pretty horrible,” Kendrick said. “I wanted the option to retire whenever that time came.”

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Oklahoma News
6:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Inman Says Democrats Oppose Oil & Gas Regulation Bill

House Minority Leader Rep. Scott Inman (D-Del City)
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says his caucus was disappointed by passage of a Republican-backed bill that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations.

House Democrat Leader Scott Inman of Del City said Thursday that members of the House minority caucus believe local communities and their leaders should have authority to regulate the drilling operations in their areas.

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