Oklahoma News

Governor Fallin
2:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Asked To Reconsider Open Records Ruling

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma has asked an Oklahoma County judge to reconsider her ruling that Gov. Mary Fallin has the legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma'sOpen Records Act.

The ACLU filed the motion on Friday, 10 days after District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled that the "deliberative process privilege" cited by Fallin in withholding the documents is recognized by Oklahoma law. The ACLU's motion says the decision "is plainly contrary to law."

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Fees And Tuition
2:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Most Oklahoma Colleges And Universities Raise Tuition

The University of Oklahoma's tuition raise is lower than the state average, but it's still the most expensive university per credit hour in Oklahoma.
Credit Madeline Stebbins / KGOU

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for 23 of 25 Oklahoma's colleges and universities. School presidents presented their proposed increases before the regents Wednesday.

The average percentage increase for undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees is 5.8 percent, according to data provided by the Regents.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Census Data: Oklahoma Younger, More Hispanic

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma is one of only seven states that grew younger last year, thanks in part to an influx of 20-something oilfield workers, newly-released Census Bureau data shows.

The Sooner State also became slightly more Hispanic, as a higher birthrate within that population group more than offset a leveling-off of new arrivals from Mexico and other countries, Census officials said.

Oklahoma barely made the list of states that managed to reverse the aging process. The median age ticked down to 36.2 years on July 1, 2013, a minuscule 0.007-year reduction from a year earlier.

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OneSix8
10:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With LibertyFest, OKC Fest And Les Misérables

A horse-drawn wagon rolls through the 2013 LibertyFest Parade.
Kool Cats Photography Flickr Creative Commons

With Independence Day just around the corner conventional wisdom might lead you to take it easy this weekend, but central Oklahoma has other ideas. 

Named by USA Today and CNN as one of the ‘Top 10 July 4th Festivals in the United States,’ Edmond’s LibertyFest returns for its 42nd year this weekend. 

The festival is one of Oklahoma’s largest Independence Day celebrations as organizers anticipate more than 125,000 attendees alongside some 500 volunteers.

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Native American
5:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Last Native American Survivor Of Bataan Death March Dies

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A 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oklahoma who received his Prisoner of War Medal and other honors last fall after a decades-long wait has died.

The Muscogee Creek Nation says tribal member Phillip Coon died Monday in Tulsa. Coon traveled to Japan in October and received an apology from Japanese government officials for treatment he received during the war.

Coon was the last remaining Native American survivor of the Bataan Death March, where tens of thousands of soldiers were forced on a 65-mile trek by the Japanese military.

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Fees And Tuition
12:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

OU Regents Approve Tuition Hike

Credit Madeline Stebbins / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a nearly 5 percent tuition and fees increase for the next school year.

The Norman Transcript's John Shinn reports that under the plan approved Monday, the per-credit-hour rate will increase by $5.70 to $137.60 for in-state residents, and by $19.50 to $425.80 for out-of-state residents. The regents also approved tuition increases of 5.64 percent for Cameron University and 7 percent for Rogers State University.

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Native American
12:57 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Federal Recognition Requested For Chief Standing Bear Trail

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A Nebraska congressman says he'll seek federal recognition and a special designation for the trail the Ponca tribe took during a forced march more than 135 years ago.

The Lincoln Journal Star says Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska's 1st District plans to introduce a resolution that would create federal recognition for the Chief Standing Bear Trail.

The Nebraska Legislature has passed a resolution supporting the trail.

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Severe Storms
12:45 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

OU Looking To Add Storm Shelters Closer To Housing

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University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the planning phase for tornado shelters on the OU campus in Norman is nearing completion.

The $12 million project is an expansion of campus storm shelters for students living in university housing.

The OU Board of Regents last September approved — at Boren's request — the hiring of MA Plus to help design a campus system of additional storm shelters.

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Oklahoma News
9:13 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Baby Rhinoceros Born At Oklahoma City Zoo

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden Facebook

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a new baby boy: an Indian rhinoceros born Saturday.

The zoo says the male calf was born to a 7-year-old female rhinoceros named Niki. The calf's father is 28-year-old rhinoceros Chandra.

The zoo says the calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the facility added the species in 1981.

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Oklahoma News
6:15 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Man Impersonating Police Officer In Norman On The Phone

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Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester says a man impersonating law officers is calling people and asking for money.

Lester says his office received reports Friday afternoon that a man identifying himself as either Sgt. Joseph Kelly or as an Officer Hall has made the phone calls. The sheriff says his department does not have any employee with either name.

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