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Oklahoma News
5:37 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Number Of Oklahoma Bank Robberies Declines In 2014

Guthrie National Bank. Rushed to completion in the summer of 1889, the Guthrie National Bank Building was the first brick structure built in what became Oklahoma Territory.
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Oklahoma banks were robbed less frequently last year than the year before.

The FBI says there were 43 bank robberies in the state in 2014, a decline from 2013 when there were more than 60 bank robberies in the state.

The Oklahoman reports that the number of bank robberies has fluctuated from year to year. The FBI says that in 2012, there were 22 bank robberies statewide, while in 2011 there were 66. In 2009 and 2010, there were 78 and 44 bank robberies, respectively.

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Oklahoma News
5:11 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Drug Overdoses Growing Problem In Rural Oklahoma

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Drug overdoses caused by prescription drug abuse are a growing problem in rural Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that while most overdoses occur in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, rural counties in the state represent a growing segment of the prescription drug epidemic.

Craig County in northeastern Oklahoma has been the worst in the state in recent years in terms of drug overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal. For the past two years in which information is available, Craig County has posted the highest overdose rates per 10,000 residents in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:09 am
Sun January 4, 2015

State Among Top In Gambling-Related Embezzlement

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Oklahoma posted one of the highest numbers of gambling-related embezzlement cases last year and remains at “high risk” of embezzlement because of gambling, according to a recent study.

The Marquet Report on Embezzlement, released in December, listed gambling as the second most likely motivating factor in embezzlement in 2013. The No. 1 factor, the desire for a “lavish lifestyle,” often has a gambling element, adds the report. The study was done by Marquet International, a Boston investigative and consulting firm specializing in corporate fraud.

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Oklahoma News
4:43 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Oklahoma #9 On Top Moving Destinations List

United Van Lines '2014 National Movers Study' Map
United Van Lines

A major moving and relocation company has listed Oklahoma as one of the nation's most popular destinations for relocating households.

United Van Lines' 38th Annual National Movers Study ranks Oklahoma No. 9 on its list of top moving destinations during 2014.

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Oklahoma News
5:45 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Private Prison In Hinton To Reopen

Geo Group headquarters in Boco Raton, Florida.
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An Oklahoma private prison facility that has been vacant since 2010 is set to reopen after the prison’s corporate owner signed a contract this week to house federal inmates.

The Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton, owned by the Boca Raton, Fla.-based Geo Group, was awarded a 10-year, $361 million contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday.

The contract would allow the facility to house 1,500 to 2,000 low-security federal inmates.

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Oklahoma News
5:13 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Corporation Commissioner To Serve As Administration Director

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony
Credit Oklahoma Corporation Commission

A member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will temporarily serve as the agency's director of administration.

Commissioner Bob Anthony says he'll take on the additional duties until the commission completes its transition.

Anthony says Commissioner-elect Todd Hiett takes office on Jan. 12 and will help the three-member commission find the most qualified candidate to permanently fill the position.

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7:04 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Diverse Group Of Oklahomans Named 2014 Human Rights Award Winners

Santiaga Quiñónez won the Human Rights award for her life’s work dedicated “to helping men and women in prison.” She visits prisoners and corresponds with them, work organizers of the recognition described “very large, but few people know.” For her work helping the local Hispanic community, Dr. Claudia Rossavik was another award winner. Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, was lifted up for his work on behalf of the Sooner State’s Muslim community. Carlos Tello was honored for his mural, “Beyond the Centennial,” and as “the first Hispanic to have a work of art displayed so prominently in our state capitol.”
A diverse group of Oklahomans have been named 2014 Human Rights Awards winners. Recognition for each came on Human Rights Day — Wednesday, December 10th — at a ceremony held in the House Chamber at the state Capitol.The chairman of the Alliance that sponsored the event is Wallace Collins, also chairman of the state Democratic Party.Organizational efforts for the event were led by Wilfredo Santos Rivera, a former member of the Oklahoma City School Board.
Oklahoma News
10:22 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Beloved Actor Among Notable Oklahomans Who Died In 2014

James Garner statue in Norman, Oklahoma.
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The year 2014 saw the deaths of a beloved actor born in Oklahoma and a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Actor James Garner, who grew up in the Norman area, died in July at age 86 at his home in Los Angeles.

Garner was known for a low-key, wisecracking style, especially on his hit TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files."

When Garner received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2005, he quipped, "I'm not at all sure how I got here."

He remained popular in his home state, attending the unveiling of a statue of him in Norman in 2006, where he said that early in his career some people gave him grief for being from the Sooner State.

"They'd say, 'oh, you're from Oklahoma,' and I'd say, 'damn right, I am. What are you going to do about it,'" Garner said.

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Oklahoma News
8:32 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Botched Execution Top AP Oklahoma Story Of 2014

Clayton Lockett.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April has been voted Oklahoma's top story for 2014.

Lockett's execution prompted the state to impose a moratorium on executions and led to new discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Court action legalizing gay marriages was voted second by Associated Press members, and a workplace beheading in Moore is third.

A series of sexual-assault charges against Oklahoma lawmen is fourth and troubles within Oklahoma's public school system is fifth.

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Capital Punishment
5:38 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Death Row Inmates File Briefs With Appellate Court

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A group of Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled to die early next year say a federal judge erred when he failed to stop their pending executions and are asking an appeals court to temporarily halt their executions.

Attorneys for the four men filed their opening brief Wednesday in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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