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8:16 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Oklahoma City Zoo's New Baby Elephant Finally Has A Name, And It Is...

Andrea Wright Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

An Asian elephant born last month at the Oklahoma City Zoo finally has a name.

She's the second elephant born at the zoo since 2011.

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Oklahoma News
5:07 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Early Release Possible As A Result Of Prison Overcrowding

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Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton plans to meet this week or next with Pardon and Parole Interim Director Jari Askins to discuss the possible early release of certain nonviolent offenders due to prison overcrowding.

The Board of Corrections approved a recalculation of the prison system’s capacity Thursday, showing the state’s facilities are now at 116 percent of capacity.

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Oklahoma News
4:44 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Elects New Second Chief

Seal of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
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Unofficial election results show that Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens have elected a new second chief in a special election.

The tribal election board says the results of Saturday's runoff indicate Louis Hicks defeated former principal chief A.D. Ellis.

Hicks received 65 percent of the vote with 2,010 votes, while Ellis garnered 1,070 votes. The results will not be official until after the election is certified by the board on Friday.

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Capital Punishment
3:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Federal Appeals Court Denies Stay Of Execution Request

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A federal appeals court has denied a request by four Oklahoma death row inmates for a stay of execution, paving the way for the state's first lethal injection since a problematic execution in the spring.

In a ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied an emergency motion requested by the inmates for stays of execution.

One of the attorneys for the death row inmates, Dale Baich, says they intend to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the executions from proceeding.

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Oklahoma News
1:31 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gov. Fallin Promises To Focus On Health, Education And Criminal Justice Reform

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Gov. Mary Fallin is promising to make health, education and criminal justice reform her priorities as she begins a second and final four-year term as Oklahoma's chief executive.

The 60-year-old governor headlined a chilly swearing-in ceremony Monday on the front steps of the state Capitol with her fellow Republican officeholders. Temperatures were in the low 30s, but gusty winds dropped the wind chill into the teens.

In remarks released ahead of the ceremony, Fallin touted her accomplishments during her first four years in office and charted a course for her second term.

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Oklahoma News
5:22 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Same-Sex Oklahoma Couple Get Adoption Decree

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An attorney for a married lesbian couple says an adoption decree they received in Okmulgee County is believed to be among the first such same-sex adoptions in the state.

The Tulsa World reports that two young boys in state Department of Human Services care were adopted by two Tulsa women in a Dec. 19 proceeding conducted by Associate District Judge Duane Woodliff, who has since retired.

The women's attorney, Terri Craig of Wagoner, says she has done adoptions for gay people before but they could never adopt as a couple.

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Capital Punishment
4:27 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Death Row Inmates Ask Federal Appeals Court To Delay Executions

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Attorneys have asked a federal appeals court to delay the executions of four Oklahoma inmates while the court considers their joint appeal.

The attorneys filed emergency motions seeking the delays late Thursday and on Friday with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado.

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Oklahoma News
6:54 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Motel Sign Among New Artifacts At The OKC National Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Grand Re-opening and 20th Anniversary
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is unveiling $10 million worth of new exhibits, including artifacts like a sign from the Kansas hotel where convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh stayed before the bombing.

The memorial is planning to hold a grand-reopening Thursday in downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate enhancements that began one year ago.

The museum has added 35 new interactive exhibits on the investigation, first responders on the scene, and journalists who covered the bombing on April 19, 1995, that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

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Oklahoma News
6:48 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Tribes Holding Inter-Tribal Meeting In Tulsa

Gallery of the Five Civilized Tribes. The portraits were drawn or painted between 1775 and 1850.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations.

Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.

The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.

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Oklahoma News
4:47 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Escaped Inmate Captured In Tulsa

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Police in Tulsa say an escaped Oklahoma state prison inmate has been recaptured following a short chase.

Police told reporters that 24-year-old Christopher Rowe was arrested Wednesday night in north Tulsa after an officer spotted him driving a sport utility vehicle and that he led police on a short chase before being stopped and arrested.

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