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1:46 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

NTSB Says Lowering Cloud Ceiling May Have Contributed To EagleMed Crash

Stock Photo Of An EagleMed Medical Helicopter
Joe Kubitschek Flickr Creative Commons

A federal investigator says the pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed last week in eastern Oklahoma had encountered a lowering cloud ceiling and was trying to turn the aircraft around before it struck trees and rocky terrain.

Pilot Matt Matthews was killed and two crew members, nurse Kim Ramsey and paramedic Ryan Setzkorn, sustained injuries that weren't life-threatening after the EagleMed LLC helicopter crashed late Thursday near Eufaula.

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Capital Punishment
1:08 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Clayton Lockett Calm And Talkative Before Botched Execution

Clayton Lockett
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Newly released records show a condemned Oklahoma inmate chatted with members of his execution team before a botched lethal injection last spring and even recommended a vein to a paramedic charged with setting up his intravenous line.

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Oklahoma News
6:50 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Diversity Concerns Linger On University Of Oklahoma Campus

Demonstrators gather outside Evans Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus last week to protest the video with racist chants by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

In the days after a racially charged video circulated on social media and gained national attention, minority students at the University of Oklahoma spoke out, many expressing concerns about their experiences on campus.

The leaked video shows Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members chanting that African American males would never be allowed in their organization. It was blatantly racist, and emotions ran high with students and faculty at the university.

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Oklahoma News
6:08 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Bill Bans School Districts From Collecting Union Dues

A bill that prohibits Oklahoma school districts from making payroll deductions for its employees for union membership has narrowly passed a state Senate committee.

The Senate General Government Committee voted 4-3 Monday for the bill by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, the chairman of the committee. The bill already passed the House and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill's approval came despite opposition from the state's two largest teacher unions — the Oklahoma Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

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Oklahoma News
5:29 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

House Committee Passes Tobacco-Free Schools Bill

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Public schools in Oklahoma would become tobacco free under legislation approved by a state House committee and sent to the full House.

The House Common Education Committee voted 14-0 Monday for the bill that has already passed the state Senate. A similar bill was previously passed by the House and is pending in the Senate.

Oklahoma law already requires that public schools be tobacco-free during the school day. The bill by Republican Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing would extend that policy to include non-school hours as well as school vehicles and school-sponsored activities.

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Oklahoma News
12:13 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

University Of Oklahoma Hires Former Federal Judge To Assist In Fraternity Investigation

Forme U.S. District Judge Michael Burrage
Credit firstbank-ok.com

The University of Oklahoma has retained a prominent Oklahoma attorney and former U.S. District judge to assist school officials with an investigation into a racist chant by some fraternity members.

In a statement released by the university on Monday, Oklahoma City attorney Michael Burrage says he will advise OU on a "range of legal matters." Burrage says he's been fully briefed on the university's investigation, which is focused on potential violations of the school's Student Code.

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Oklahoma News
6:33 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Before SAE, Ferguson Inspires University Of Oklahoma Minority Rights Group

Duct tape with the word "Unheard" covers the mouth of the Seed Sower statue on the University of Oklahoma's South Oval
Jacob McCleland KGOU

A small group of black students at the University of Oklahoma were thrust into the national spotlight last week after a video surfaced of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members singing a racist chant.

In the days after that video surfaced, member of black social justice group Unheard seemed to be everywhere, including CNN, ABC and NPR.

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Oklahoma News
9:31 am
Sun March 15, 2015

FOI Oklahoma Presents Awards At Sunshine Conference, Discusses Open Records Law

FOI Oklahoma logo.
Credit FOI Oklahoma

Freedom of Information Oklahoma presented an administrator with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, a state lawmaker and a persistent former University of Oklahoma student with its top awards at the organization's Sunshine Week program.

The group also acknowledged the Black Hole for damaging access to public information when it met Saturday.

William Young, administrator of the office of public information for the ODL, was presented the Marian Opala First Amendment Award.

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Oklahoma News
12:31 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Pawnee County Attorney And Judge At Odds Over Drug Court

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A state district attorney and judge are at legal odds over the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County.

Rex Duncan, the district attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties, has made claims that Associate District Judge Patrick Pickerill used a "sham legal process" to backdate two administrative orders that appointed a secretary bailiff and created a drug court on October 30th.

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Oklahoma News
4:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Attorney Stephen Jones To Represent Board Of OU SAE Chapter

The exterior of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the University of Oklahoma campus, shortly before the letters were removed from the building March 9, 2015.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

A high-profile attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma says the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected.

Attorney Stephen Jones said Friday members of the fraternity and their parents also are concerned about the students' safety after some received physical and verbal abuse, even death threats.

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