Oklahoma News

State Capitol
1:04 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Oklahoma Students Forced To Recite Pledge Under Bills

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Oklahoma schoolchildren would be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day under two bills that cleared a legislative committee on Monday.

The Senate Education Committee passed both bills on Monday with just one dissenting vote. Both measures can now be scheduled for a hearing before the full Senate.

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Transportation
9:42 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Lexington-Purcell Bridge Meeting Tuesday

The James C. Nance bridge.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

A town hall meeting is planned to update residents in Cleveland County about repairs to the bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Fire Department. The James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River has been closed since Jan. 31, creating travel nightmares for residents of the two towns.

The bridge was closed after cracks were discovered in structural bridge beams. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded an emergency contract last week for bridge repairs, and work began at 5 p.m. Friday.

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Earthquakes
9:07 am
Mon February 17, 2014

More Earthquakes Hit Central Oklahoma

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma continues to increase.
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Three earthquakes rumbled Logan County late Sunday, about a week after a 4.1 magnitude temblor caused minor damage at the county jail in Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday. The USGS initially estimated the earthquake as a 4.2 magnitude, but it was later downgraded to a 3.8 magnitude.

The earthquake was centered about 7 miles south-southwest of Guthrie.

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Indian Times
9:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Newsmakers In Indian Country

Credit Congressman Markwayne Mullin

House Ethics Committee Consider Investigation Of Markwayne Mullin

The House Ethics Committee will consider an investigation of Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.

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Meth Supply Came From Mexico
6:27 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Three Year Investigation Breaks Meth Ring

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Authorities in Seminole County broke up an alleged methamphetamine ring and closed out a three-year investigation.

Agents arrested 26 people Friday morning and officials say they broke up a drug ring that was being supplied from Mexico.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, District 22 Drug Task Force, U.S. Marshals, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and Seminole police took part in the operation.

They arrested 21 people on warrants and arrested five more people for drug violations.

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Native American
10:43 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Osage Attorney General Accuses Former Board Members In Missing $806,000

Credit Osage Nation

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Board appeared in tribal court Thursday for arraignment on charges they misused tribal funds. Osage Nation authorities say they’ve known about $806,000 they say was misused by the board since 2012. That was when an audit showed the public funds could not be accounted for.

The case was first turned over to the U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided not to file charges, so Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones charged the four in tribal court.

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Transportation
9:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Oklahoma To Offer Incentives To Speed Lexington-Purcell Bridge Repair

The James C. Nance bridge that links Lexington and Purcell.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will offer financial incentives to the contractor it chooses to fix a closed bridge between Lexington and Purcell.

The commission has called a special meeting for Friday to award the contract. Commissioners will choose a contractor to perform emergency repairs to the James C. Nance Bridge that was closed Jan. 31 after cracks were found in structural bridge beams.

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Native American
8:23 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Oklahoma Tribal College To Get Federal Funds

College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Okla.
Credit Muscogee (Creek) Nation

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Education has authorized funding for the College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee.

The college sought funding in April as a tribal college under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978. Approval was announced Wednesday by Kevin Washburn, the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Funding is to begin in July.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Swing Era Throwbacks, Love, And Lectures

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel.
Credit BasieBand.org

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab hosts the legendary Count Basie Orchestra in celebration of the venue’s 12th Anniversary. 

The name William “Count” Basie is synonymous with big-band jazz. UCO’s Jazz Studies Division head Brian Gorrell goes so far as to say, “The Count Basie Orchestra is without a doubt the most famous big band in all of American music history.”

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Oklahoma News
2:36 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Oklahoma Governor, Congressional Delegation Praise Behenna Release

Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna
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A soldier from Edmond who has spent the last five years in a military prison after being convicted of killing an Iraqi detainee during questioning won his parole Wednesday morning.

Former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna will be released from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas March 14. The Oklahoman reports Behenna called his parents in Oklahoma City early this morning, telling them he received a letter saying the military denied his clemency request, but approved his parole request.

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