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Workers Remove Ten Commandments Monument from Oklahoma Capitol

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed late Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage. A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. The works comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect,...
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OU President David Boren wants Oklahomans to vote on a $0.01 percent sales tax increase—that would be used to fund education.

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House Speaker John Boehner will give up his seat in Congress at the end of October.

Boehner became the 53rd speaker of the House in 2011. The Ohio Republican's tenure has been marked by fierce confrontations with Democrats and sometimes with his own party. One of those fights led to a 16-day partial government shutdown in 2013.

Amid renewed conflict with more conservative members of his party, Boehner is once again facing the prospect of a government shutdown.

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Oklahoma State University recently celebrated its new "active art area," which includes a swing, a large group hammock, and several poles for individual hammocks and slacklines. The space also showcases artwork from students and faculty.

Suzy Harrington, OSU's Chief Wellness Officer, said the space is an important part of the university's wellness program. 

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Repulican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the visit to the Sooner State  by GOP Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, along with the latest attempts by attorneys for Richard Glossip to prove his innocence.

Headlines for Friday, September 25, 2015:

  • A former Senator and Governor wants an education sales tax. (NonDoc.com)

  • Emergency Teacher Certificates this year exceeds the past four years combined. (Tulsa World)

  • The Attorney General calls witness’s claim in Richard Glossip’s appeal questionable. (NewsOK)

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Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton on Wednesday ordered the long disputed limits on how much water can be taken from one of the state’s most sensitive aquifers — the Arbuckle-Simpson in south-central Oklahoma — to go forward.

The court was hearing an appeal of the limit from groups including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Aggregates Association, and mining company TXI — all petitioners in the case.

Pope Francis, in an address to a joint meeting of Congress, encouraged lawmakers to work together to solve the problems of ordinary Americans and to show compassion for people across the globe who are suffering from war and hunger.

Headlines for Thursday, September 24, 2015:

  • Attorneys for Richard Glossip accuse prosecutors of intimidating a witness in their case. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa’s Sheriff goes before the grand jury investigating his office. (Tulsa World)

  • Religious leaders denounce Presidential candidate Donald Trump before his visit. (News9)

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Visiting the White House yesterday, Pope Francis spoke about the environment.


POPE FRANCIS: Climate change is a problem. We can no longer be left to our future generations.