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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
6:48 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Mental Health Issues Linger For Oklahoma City Bombing Survivors, Responders

Paul Heath, 80, stands in front of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. He was in his fifth floor office of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building the day of the explosion in 1995.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Paul Heath walks around the Oklahoma City National Memorial grounds, greeting visitors and making sure everyone has information about a self-guided tour.

Heath is a retired psychologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His office was on the fifth floor of the Murrah Building when the bomb exploded. The floor collapsed two feet in front of him.

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3:53 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Jabar Shumate Says He Is The Right Man For OU's New Diversity Position

Jabar Shumate and OU President David Boren
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he's right for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month.

Jabar Shumate says he was discriminated against while attending there in the 1990s.

The black former state senator remembers the fliers with his picture on them tacked up during his campaign for student body vice president: "Do you want this person living in your house? Vote the other ticket."

OU President David Boren tapped the Tulsa Democrat for the newly created vice president in charge of overseeing diversity programs.

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6:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

House Committee Approves Budget-Only Session Measure

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Oklahoma voters would decide if the Legislature should dedicate every other year exclusively to writing a state budget under a measure approved by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 8-2 Thursday for the resolution by Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond. It now heads to the full House.

The bill calls for a statewide vote on whether to amend the state constitution and allow the Legislature to draft a budget every year but only take up public policy measures on all other topics in odd-numbered years, with some exceptions.

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4:53 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Lawton Seeks Permission To Seed Clouds

A Lockheed WC-130B used by U.S. government researchers Stormfury, a cloud seeding research project focused on reducing the strength of hurricanes.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Lawton is seeking permission to hire a cloud-seeding company to increase rainfall in the area.

The Lawton Constitution reports that the city should learn on April 21 if the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will give them permission to go ahead with a contract with a cloud-seeding company. The company uses chemicals to enhance rain clouds' ability to produce moisture.

The contract is slated to run from April 1 to Aug. 31.

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Oklahoma News
12:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

State Senate Approves Nitrogen Hypoxia Bill, Heads To Governor's Desk

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that adds a new execution protocol to the state’s list of approved methods. The Sooner State could be the first in the nation to use nitrogen hypoxia if the governor signs off. 

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1:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Federal Judge Declines To Stop Transfer Of Seattle Elephants To OKC Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Two Seattle elephants could soon join the OKC troop.
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

A federal judge has criticized conditions for elephants at both the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Oklahoma City zoo but he refused to block the transfer of two Seattle elephants to Oklahoma.

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5:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus To Speak In OKC

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the latest speaker to confirm his attendance at the upcoming Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

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12:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

House Votes To Extend Quality Jobs Act To Egg Producers

State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw)
Credit Provided / Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma House has narrowly passed legislation that would extend the state's Quality Jobs Act to chicken egg producers.

House members voted 51-43 on Tuesday for the Senate-passed measure.

Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act provides cash incentives to companies that create jobs that have good salaries and benefits.

The bill's House author, Republican Rep. John Bennett of Sallisaw, says adding chicken egg producers to the program would encourage poultry companies to create new jobs and expand existing operations in and around his eastern Oklahoma district.

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4:38 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Senate Health Committee Passes Abortion Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait Time

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Oklahoma would become the fourth state in the country to require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 on Monday for the bill that increases the wait time from 24 to 72 hours after a woman receives required information about the procedure. It now heads to the full Senate.

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1:11 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Broken Arrow Blue Bell Plant Closed Amid Ice Cream Recall

Credit Blue Bell Creameries

One of the country's largest retailers has decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from its shelves as a precautionary measure after Blue Bell announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant.

Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski confirmed Sam's Club has joined H-E-B in halting sales. The dairy company based in Brenham, Texas, last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital.

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