Oklahoma News

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

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

Credit District Attorneys Council

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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Gas Prices
12:02 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Oklahomans Paying More At The Pump Than Any Time In Nearly A Year

Credit futureatlas.com / Flickr Creative Commons

AAA Oklahoma says the state's average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is up to $3.48 per gallon, the highest price since September 2013.

The automobile travel organization reported Tuesday the statewide average price jumped nearly 3 cents overnight, with some cities, including Tulsa, seeing even steeper climbs.

AAA cited the ongoing conflict in Iraq as a driving factor in the price hike.

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Military
7:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Oklahoma City Woman Commands Regional Training Institute

Lt. Col. Cynthia Tinkham, senior personnel officer for the Oklahoma National Guard, was promoted to the rank of Colonel on November 3, 2013. Tinkham is a native of Blanchard, Okla., and has served with the Oklahoma Army National Guard for more than 24 years.
Credit Maj. Geoff Legler, 145th MPAD / Oklahoma Army National Guard

Col. Cynthia Tinkham of Oklahoma City is the new commander of the 189th Regiment — marking the first time a woman has received a major command in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

The 189th Regiment is known as the Oklahoma Regional Training Institute.

Tinkham deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as the executive officer of the 45th Agribusiness Development Team.

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Transportation
7:23 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Monday Earthquakes Prompt Bridge Inspections By ODOT

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Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday due to the severity of some of Monday’s earthquakes in central Oklahoma, the department inspected bridges within a 5-mile radius looking for potential structural damage.

Four bridges were inspected Monday morning, said Brenda Perry, spokeswoman for ODOT. Bridges inspected include a bridge over Crutcho Creek, the bridge over Choctaw road and the bridge over the North Canadian River in Harrah. One bridge on state highway 66 was inspected near Luther, as well. 

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Agriculture
1:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Oklahoma Loses Eight Percent Of Swine Inventory To Virus

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Oklahoma has lost about 8 percent of its swineinventory due to a virus sweeping across the country, and the executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council says the loss has driven consumer prices higher.

Roy Lee Lindsey tells The Journal Record that prices are going to rise another 10 to 12 percent throughout the summer. Low supplies have already driven domestic prices 40 percent higher in recent months and current exports are up 10 percent compared with a year ago.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus

Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Inasmuch Foundation President and Chairman of Oklahoma City Educare Bob Ross with children and a teacher at the dedication of Oklahoma City Educare, 2009.
Lisa Lloyd Saxum

A 2012 study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Oklahoma 11th in terms of generosity, with a typical Oklahoma household putting about 5.6 percent of its discretionary income toward charitable giving. 

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Veterans' Health
7:04 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn
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U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.

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Three Months To Gather Signatures
8:04 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Pro-Marijuana Group Seeks Legalization

Marijuana leaf.
Credit Wikipedia Commons / Creative Commons

Oklahoma pro-marijuana advocates are pushing for a second signature drive to get the issue a statewide vote, this time for full legalization of cannabis, similar to Colorado and Washington.

Supporters of marijuana legalization filed an initiative petition on Friday with the Oklahoma secretary of state's office. They will have three months to gather more than 155,000 signatures from registered voters to get the proposal on a statewide ballot.

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Mostly Teenagers From Central America
7:50 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

135 Immigrant Children Expected At Fort Sill Saturday

Federal officials say 135 children who were detained while trying to enter the U.S. illegally are expected at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on Saturday.

Kenneth J. Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email Friday that the children will be held at the temporary Unaccompanied Alien Children program facility at the Army base.

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Oklahoma News
10:52 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Autopsy Requested By Death Row Attorneys Shows Lockett's Vein Did Not Collapse

Clayton Lockett
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Oklahoma Watch

A private autopsy released Friday shows more evidence that the execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett wasn’t conducted properly, and the team carrying out the procedure didn’t properly place an IV into Lockett’s vein.

Forensic pathologist Joseph Cohen conducted the May 14 autopsy at the request of attorneys for several Oklahoma death row prisoners. The state initially said Lockett’s vein collapsed, which led to the drugs not being administered properly.

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