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6:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Woody Guthrie Home Renovations On Hold Due To Financial Dispute

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A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy.

The spat began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood salvaged from Guthrie's home in Okemah failed to sell last month on eBay.

Profits from the guitar sales were to go toward reconstruction of the 1860s-era property using lumber saved from the site when it was torn down in the 1970s.

The main players for the rebuild are not speaking and blame each other for the project's indefinite shutdown.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman Voters Will Still Decide Water Rates As Charter Change Gets Rejected

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Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where water rate increases require a vote of the public. And as StateImpact reported, a proposal to strike that clause from the city’s charter was before the city council on June 18, which would’ve put the change on the November ballot.

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10:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Jazz In June, Shawnee Trail Days And Peter Pan

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Festivals old and new converge on central Oklahoma this weekend.

Norman's outdoor music festival Jazz in June continues its 31-year tradition of bringing jazz and blues artists from across the nation together to perform for the public Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21.

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Oklahoma News
8:49 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Geese Blamed For High Bacteria At Grand Lake

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Officials say geese are the suspected culprits in the elevated levels of E.coli that's shut down a swimming area of Grand Lake State Park in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Grand River Dam Authority says testing shows that the high levels of bacteria found at the Grand Lake State Park swimming area at Bernice contained DNA from geese and possibly another avian source. The testing excluded humans or cattle as the source of the bacteria.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:27 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman’s Choice: Wastewater Reuse Or Reliance On Oklahoma City’s Pipelines

Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla., in June 2013.
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Oklahoma’s third largest city is at a water crossroads.

Norman is updating its strategic water supply plan to make sure it has enough to meet growing demand over the next 50 years. And the city council’s choice is between reliance on Oklahoma City and water from southeast Oklahoma, or reusing its own wastewater.

After two years of study and public input, more than a dozen plans were narrowed down to two, portfolio 14 and portfolio 13.

Portfolio 14

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Elections
7:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Early Primary Voting Begins Thursday In Oklahoma

Early primary voting is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but polls are not open on Monday before Tuesday's primary election.
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Polls are opening at county election boards across the state for the first of three days of early voting ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, voters can cast their ballots for several races, including Democratic and Republican primaries in the race for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat. Only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primaries in Oklahoma.

Early voting will continue at county election boards from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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3:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Housing Illegal Immigrant Children May Boost Lawton Economy

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Officials in Lawton say the temporary housing of hundreds of immigrant children at Fort Sill and the influx of workers to take care of them could infuse millions of dollars into the local economy.

Administration for Children and Families spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said 524 children were being held at Fort Sill on Wednesday. The children are mostly teenagers from Central America. They are among the more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the border since October.

Wolfe said federal staff and contract workers are at the facility.

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Marijuana Legalization
1:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Republican Challengers Bring Drug Stance Into Governor's Race

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A Republican with nearly a quarter century in political office who has never lost an election, Gov. Mary Fallin, faces two lesser-known opponents in next week's GOP primary who have made their support of marijuana legalization an issue in the campaign.

Criminal defense attorney Chad Moody is known around Oklahoma City as "The Drug Lawyer," while computer network operator Dax Ewbank is a libertarian leaning Republican and father of seven from Guthrie. Both say they support the full legalization of cannabis.

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Oklahoma News
7:34 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Wake-And-'Quake: Oklahoma Residents Rise To More Temblors

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More earthquakes have rattled the central Oklahoma area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the first earthquake occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday near Langston. That quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 and was 3.1 miles deep. A second earthquake, this time with a 2.7 magnitude, was recorded at 5:30 a.m. near Edmond.

The USGS says a third earthquake struck about 20 minutes later. That quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and was centered 5 miles north of Spencer.

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"Accessory after the fact"
3:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

16-Year-Old Boy Will Not Face First-Degree Murder Charge

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A 16-year-old boy accused in the shooting death of a baseball player from Australia will no longer face a first-degree murder charge.

The Stephens County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge Tuesday against James Francis Edwards Jr. Prosecutors filed a new charge of accessory after the fact.

Edwards is testifying against two other teens charged in the death of 22-year-old Chris Lane.

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