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Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is visiting with Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature and urging them to join the list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Coburn met separately Monday in Republican caucus meetings in the House and Senate to talk about the idea of a convention of the states to address the growing power of the federal government.

Separate measures in the House and Senate would call for a constitutional convention, which is authorized under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.

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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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Speedy passage of a sweeping defense policy bill has hit a snag over public lands.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has objected to the land swaps and expansion of wilderness areas included in the $585 billion defense legislation. He is promising to use Senate procedures to block any attempt to quickly finish the bill next week in the lame-duck session.

The issue is dividing Senate Republicans, with Western state lawmakers favoring the bill and Coburn and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opposed.

Lankford Vows To Continue Coburn's Work After Senate Win

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U.S. Senator-elect James Lankford talks with his new colleague Jim Inhofe at a watch party during the Nov. 4, 2014 midterm election.
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Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford will finish the final two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term. A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford defeated Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to become Oklahoma’s junior U.S. Senator. Lankford’s victory means that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats remain in Republican hands.

Lankford said Coburn’s leadership would be missed in Oklahoma, but that his work still has to continue.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has released a report on problems he sees with hospitals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the care provided to military veterans.

The report titled "Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA" was released Tuesday by Coburn's office following a yearlong investigation.

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Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe voted against a $1.1 trillion budget bill while fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn did not vote as the bill passed the Senate.

The bill eases many effects of last year's automatic budget cuts. It cleared the Senate on a 72-26 vote Thursday and now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Inhofe says he voted against the measure because he believes the bill contains cuts that he says are harming national security.

The bill funds every agency of government through September.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he wants to increase the transparency of settlements reached with federal enforcement agencies, saying the real value of settled cases is often not known.

Coburn announced in a press release Wednesday his plans to join Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on a bipartisan bill. Dubbed the "Truth in Settlements Act," the measure would require more detailed disclosures about settlement agreements that are often reached when federal agencies close investigations.

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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has cast one of the three Republican votes that helped advance Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.

Coburn, a conservative lawmaker from Muskogee, says in a statement that he cast a vote in favor of Yellen's nomination Thursday because she is "unquestionably qualified" to serve as the next chair of the agency.

Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois cast the other two votes in support of Yellen's nomination.

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Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has joined four other Republican senators in offering a bill intended to reduce government-sponsored conferences.

The bill would reduce travel expenses and reduce overall spending on the conferences.

Among other things, the bill prohibits agencies from paying travel expenses for more than 50 employees for any conference outside the United States unless the US Secretary of State certifies that the conference is in the national interest. It would also prohibit an agency from spending more than $500,000 on any single conference.

The US Department of Education is responding to a letter from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that calls for the department to cancel a three-day conference on federal student aid scheduled for December in Las Vegas.