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Oklahoma News
3:07 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Oklahoma NAACP Schedules March In Oklahoma City

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The NAACP in Oklahoma has scheduled a "Journey for Justice" march in Oklahoma City.

The organization says the march is to support victims police brutality and racial profiling.

The march is to begin Saturday at 1 p.m. at the corner of Northeast 23rd and Martin Luther King Drive in Oklahoma City and end at the Governor's Mansion about 1½ miles away.

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Oklahoma News
5:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Where Oklahoma Ranks In Exonerations

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During the past 25 years, Oklahoma has posted the 16th highest number of exonerations in the nation, compared with its ranking of between 25th and 30th in total population during that period.

Oklahoma had 28 exonerations, according to data that a research group collected from the National Registry of Exonerations.

In Oklahoma, there have been 28 exonerations: 13 for murder or manslaughter, 11 for sex crimes, two for robbery and two for other alleged crimes.  Seven of the exonerated were sentenced to death. Of those exonerated, 16 were Caucasian and 12 were Black. The average exonerated person lost 8.75 years of their life.

The interactive map below tracks the number of exonerations by state from 1989 through Oct. 20, 2014, as well as the amount of time that wrongfully convicted people have spent behind bars. The data also shows the number of exonerees who were on death row at the time of exoneration.

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Oklahoma News
5:32 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Lawmakers Say OSSAA Changes For The Better

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A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation changing the way the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association operates says the association is making changes for the better.

The OSSAA regulates interscholastic activities for 481 member schools in the state.

Republican Rep. Bobby Cleveland led efforts for changes after hearing complaints that the OSSAA violated the state's open records and open meetings act and retaliated against students and districts that challenged the association.

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Oklahoma News
7:30 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Nationwide Donations Help Oklahoma Food Pantry Offer Thanksgiving Dinner

Muskogee residents wait in line in hopes of receiving a 10-pound ham and bags of groceries from the Community Food Bank
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Oklahoma’s poverty rate is higher than the county’s average, and soup kitchens and food pantries across the state are struggling to keep up with demand. 

In a tiny back room at First Presbyterian Church in Muskogee, men roll pallets in and sort food piled against a wall-to-wall mirror for one of the city’s community food pantries.

“This is fun. We sort; we stock. We're kind of the behind-the-scenes worker bees,” Sam Jarvis says.

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Oklahoma News
6:45 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Oklahoma Charities Gear Up To Feed The Hungry On Thanksgiving

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma Food Service Lines
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Command

Volunteers at the Salvation Army's Central Oklahoma Area Command are gearing up to feed and shelter hundreds of hungry and homeless Oklahomans who are unable to provide for themselves as the holidays approach.

As many as 1,000 people will crowd into the faith-based group's new Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope on Thursday for a Thanksgiving feast of smoked turkey and all the fixins'.

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Oklahoma News
6:06 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Integris Workers Give Turkeys To Oklahoma's Hungry

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Integris Health and its employees have once again donated turkeys from their annual Turkey Toss to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Integris Health traditionally hands out turkeys to their employees as a way of "giving thanks" for their hard work throughout the year. Many employees then "pay it forward" by donating their turkey back to the Regional Food Bank.

This year, more than 684 turkeys were donated and will be distributed to families struggling with hunger, providing the equivalent of 6,270 meals this winter.

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Oklahoma News
5:37 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Oklahoma City Mayor Cornett Ties The Knot

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and his bride, Terri Walker.
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has married a Tulsa woman.

Cornett's office announced that the 56-year-old Cornett married 55-year-old Terri Walker on Wednesday in Tulsa.

The release says Terri Cornett is a sales manager at KTUL TV in Tulsa and will be leaving the station and moving to Oklahoma City. It says the couple met on a blind date.

Mick Cornett filed for divorce from his first wife in 2011.

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Ferguson, MIssouri
5:36 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Oklahomans Among Protestors Arrested In Ferguson

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Two El Reno residents are among those who were arrested during protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Oklahoman reports that 30-year-old Ciara Gardiner and 31-year-old Dylan Risenhoover were arrested at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on complaints of unlawful assembly and resisting arrest.

The protests began after a grand jury declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed man.

Authorities said early Wednesday that 45 people were arrested overnight in Ferguson and 13 others were arrested in St. Louis.

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Oklahoma News
12:37 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Gov. Fallin And A Family With 5 Adopted Kids To Light State Christmas Tree

OK Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will get some special help when she lights the state Christmas tree next month.

A couple from Noble with five adopted sibling children will help Fallin light the tree on Dec. 2 on the south steps of the State Capitol building.

Bryan and Donna Komers became foster parents through the Department of Human Services in 2013. The adoption of the five siblings was finalized in June. And Fallin says the Komers are a great example of what the holiday season is all about.

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Oklahoma News
8:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Earthquake Swarm Rattles Medford Area

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A swarm of earthquakes has rattled the Medford area in northern Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday. Its epicenter was less than one mile east of Medford, which is about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City.

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