Local News
6:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Rehearing Over Ten Commandments Monument

Ryan LaCroix Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday reaffirmed its decision that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the capitol grounds. The high court denied Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request for a rehearing.

The state supreme court justices found nothing of merit to rehear the case. They ruled on June 30 that the monument was in violation of the state constitution’s ban on using public money for religious purposes. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:17 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Why Thawing Relations With Cuba Could Be A Boon To Oklahoma Wheat Farmers

Workers harvesting wheat on a farm near Altus, Okla., in June 2015.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The decades-old embargo on trade with communist Cuba cuts U.S. goods off from what would be one of their nearest international destinations. That could be changing now that the two countries are restoring diplomatic relations.

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8:09 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Headlines: Oklahoma Voters, Hispanic Population & OSU's Quarterback

Headlines for Monday, July 27, 2015:

  • Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened in the mass murder of a family in Broken Arrow. (Tulsa World)

  • Funds to fix Oklahoma roads over 25 years is falling short. (NewsOK)

  • The State Democratic Party welcomes Independent voters into its primaries. (NewsOK)

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Local News
5:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Oklahoma Takes A Hard Look At What Police Seize — And How It's Spent

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:03 pm

In Oklahoma, some people in charge of enforcing the law seem to be skirting it. State audits have found people in district attorney offices have used seized money and property to live rent-free and pay off student loans.

When state Sen. Kyle Loveless first heard about the audits, he'd already been thinking about amending the civil asset forfeiture laws — mainly because the state doesn't always follow the law.

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7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

On ADA Anniversary, Some Blame The Law For Low Employment

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:13 pm

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Twenty-five years ago today, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on the White House lawn with this promise.


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6:21 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Oklahoma Democrats Vote to Open Primaries to Independents

Registered independents in Oklahoma will now be able to vote in Democratic primaries.

The vote by the Oklahoma Democratic Party to allow the move came during the reconvening of its State Convention in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

With the approval, independents will be able to vote in elections as soon as September.

New Party Chairman Mark Hammons supports the move and said he believes it would help Democratic candidates appeal to more voters. Some longtime party activists contend it could water down the party's message.

The Two-Way
8:18 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Pentagon Asks 'Armed Citizens' Not To Stand Guard At Recruiting Centers

Zachary Gallegos, 23, stands guard outside the Armed Services Recruiting Center on Thursday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Pentagon has asked such self-appointed "armed citizens" to leave, citing security concerns.
Kevin Burbach AP

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 1:12 pm

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

The Defense Department, reacting to armed citizens appearing in front of military recruiting offices around the country since last week's fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn., has asked that "individuals not stand guard" on federal property.

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US News
7:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

A Navajo Speaker Says The Language Connects Her With Her Culture

Supporters of Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene were unhappy last October when a court determined that he did not meet the language requirement.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

Should the president of the Navajo Nation be required to speak fluent Navajo?

The Navajo Nation held a referendum on that question this week, and the majority voted no.

The vote was victory for supporters of a Navajo presidential candidate who was disqualified last fall because he didn't speak the language fluently. The next Navajo Nation election is in 2018.

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3:45 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

NY Times Profiles Oklahoma City's R&J Lounge and Supper Club

The New York Times entered the tiny Oklahoma City spot to find fried catfish, tiki drinks, and a great music selection.
When I tugged open the door to R&J Lounge and Supper Club, a midcentury-inspired restaurant, I expected plumes of cigarette smoke to waft into the air.