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12:56 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Testimony Against OKC Police Officer Brings Two New Charges

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Two new charges have been filed against an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women while on patrol.

The new charges were filed Tuesday following testimony during a preliminary hearing for 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, who was arrested in August and already faced 34 charges including rape, sexual battery and stalking.

Prosecutors added two charges of procuring lewd exhibition after a 44-year-old woman testified Holtzclaw forced her to raise her shirt and drop her pants to expose herself on May 8.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:39 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Study: Nearly 44,000 Children In Oklahoma Are Homeless

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Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of child homelessness in the nation, and the number of homeless children has grown, according to a report released Monday.

Oklahoma ranks fifth worst among states in the percentage of children under 18 who are homeless, according to the American Institutes for Research, a nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C.

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Oklahoma News
8:04 am
Tue November 18, 2014

First Asian American Oklahoma Legislator Elected: Historical Marker, But No Milestone

Dr. Ervin Yen gathers campaign signs after winning the open seat for Senate District 40
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

State Senators and House representatives swore oaths to support, defend and obey the constitution during a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma Capitol. A handful of racial minorities, including the state’s first Asian legislator, are present. But Senator and anesthesiologist Dr. Ervin Yen may not be a true symbol of change in Oklahoma’s cultural representation. 

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Oklahoma News
7:50 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Required Improvements For DHS To Address Shortcomings

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services must review plans to develop new foster homes, prepare weekly caseload reports and develop a remediation plan to reduce a Child Protective Services backlog.

Those are among the improvements ordered by monitors supervising Oklahoma's settlement of a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged DHS victimized foster children by failing to find safe homes for them and inadequately monitored their safety because employees were overworked and poorly managed.

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Due To Increase In Monthly Numbers
4:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Food Pantry Won't Be Handing Out Thanksgiving Turkeys

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A Muskogee food pantry says it won't be able to continue its decades-old tradition of giving out Thanksgiving turkeys.

The Tulsa World reports the Muskogee County Community Food Pantry has provided turkeys to residents for about 30 years. But pantry coordinator Bud Ranks says that's coming to an end this year because of a lack of funds.

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Oklahoma News
12:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Evidence Against OKC Police Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Presented In Court

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Evidence against an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women while on patrol is scheduled to be made public in an Oklahoma County courtroom.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday for 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw. Holtzclaw was arrested in August and faces a total of 32 charges including rape, sexual battery and stalking. Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty.

The hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence that crimes have been committed and whether there is probable cause to believe that Holtzclaw committed them.

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Oklahoma News
7:30 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oklahoma Public Retirees Want Cost-Of-Living Boost

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Representatives of Oklahoma's public retirees who have not had a cost-of-living adjustment since 2008 say the time has come to increase their pension incomes now that the state's underfunded pension systems are regaining financial strength.

Managers of some of Oklahoma's biggest retirement systems say they are financially stronger than they were just four years ago. Unfunded liability has declined by $6.5 billion and the funded ratio of the systems has improved from 58 percent four years ago to 74.4 percent.

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Oklahoma News
6:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Inasmuch Foundation Awards $5.79 Million In Grants

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Oklahoma's Inasmuch Foundation is awarding $5.79 million in grants to 28 organizations, all serving Oklahoma communities.

The grants include more than $1 million to KIPP Reach to expand and grow a five-school model serving over 2,500 students per year. Another $500,000 was awarded to the Kiwanis Special Activities Fund to replace the old Carver Mark Twain Head Start building with a birth-to-school continuum campus next door to the newly renovated Mark Twain Elementary.

The Inasmuch Foundation was founded in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord. It supports education, health and human services and community enhancement initiatives that enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans.

Bob Ross, president and CEO of the foundation, says the diversity of its grants helps meet the various needs of the community and make the greatest impact.

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Oklahoma News
7:07 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Propane Supplies Higher Than Last Year At This Time

Last winter, propane customer Shawn Davies vowed not to refill his tank until priced drop significantly.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Propane providers and Oklahoma officials say they hope to avoid the supply crisis during the upcoming winter season that led to huge price hikes last winter.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Midwest propane inventories were higher going into this harvest season and two weeks ago supply was above the five-year average. In addition, propane wholesalers and retailers were told by industry and government officials three months ago to prepare for the worst, as a precaution.

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Oklahoma News
6:39 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

No Bail For Hostage Taker

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A Cleveland County judge has denied bail for a man accused of taking hostages at gunpoint and holding them for four hours before surrendering to police.

Special Judge Steve Stice on Friday ordered 29-year-old Devin Rogers to remain in the Cleveland County jail while he awaits trial on two counts of kidnapping by extortion, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of feloniously firing a firearm into a dwelling and one count of possessing a firearm while in the commission of a felony.

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