Oklahoma News

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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Oklahoma News
6:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

OKC-Bound Seattle Elephants To Spend A Few Weeks At San Diego Zoo

Chai at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Credit Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo. / Creative Commons/Google Images

Seattle zoo officials say the two elephants moving to Oklahoma will likely spend a few weeks in San Diego before continuing their journey.

The aging Asian pachyderms changed course in Salt Lake City and then stopped in California instead of heading straight to Oklahoma last week after being diverted by a storm.

The chief operating officer of the Woodland Park Zoo said Thursday that Chai and Bamboo are doing well in San Diego, eating and drinking as expected. They are being cared for by the people who worked with them at the Seattle zoo.

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Oklahoma News
1:12 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Judge In Tulsa Volunteer Deputy Manslaughter Case Considers Recusal

Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo
Credit tulsacountydistrictcourt.org

A Tulsa County judge assigned to the case of a volunteer deputy accused of manslaughter in the shooting of a restrained man says he is weighing recusal over his close ties to the sheriff's office.

District Court Judge James Caputo in a court filing Wednesday said he worked for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for about seven years and that his daughter is an employee there.

Caputo told The Tulsa World he hopes to decide by Friday whether to continue with the case. Caputo was randomly assigned to the case and says no one has asked him to recuse.

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Oklahoma News
6:40 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Lawmakers Pass Religious Freedom Bills

Credit KellyK / Flickr Creative Commons

Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.

The House voted 87-8 for the bill Wednesday while a nearly identical bill passed the Senate on a 38-5 vote. All opposing votes came from Democrats.

The bills protect clergy members and others authorized to perform weddings from being required to perform them if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. They also shield churches from being required to participate in the ceremonies.

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Oklahoma News
6:12 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Approves Legislation Banning Cities From Stopping Oil & Gas Activities

Oklahoma House of Representatives Chamber
Credit http://www.oklegislature.gov/

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation prohibiting cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations.

The House voted 64-32 for the bill by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview and sent it to the Senate to consider House amendments. One amendment allows local laws to reduce flooding risks in order to comply with National Flood Insurance Program rules.

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Oklahoma News
6:22 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Senate Approves 'Right To Farm' Bill

The Oklahoma Senate
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation calling for a statewide vote on whether the right to farm and ranch in Oklahoma shall be "forever guaranteed."

The Senate voted 39-6 for the measure Tuesday and sent it back to the House to consider changes adopted by a Senate committee.

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