Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Jim Thorpe's Sons Over Reburial

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indian tribes and Jim Thorpe's sons to move the remains of the athletic great from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma. The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that ordered Thorpe's body to remain in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name. Thorpe's two surviving sons, and the Sac and Fox Nation have been seeking to bury Thorpe on American Indian land in Oklahoma. Thorpe was a football, baseball and track star who won the decathlon and...
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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. (

  • 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.

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Federal inmates who met with President Barack Obama at an Oklahoma prison during the filming of a documentary in July are hopeful the show will influence policymakers.

About 50 inmates gathered at the El Reno federal prison Wednesday to watch the premiere of "Fixing the System," a Vice on HBO special report. Obama spoke with six of the inmates during his visit.

"Fixing the System" will air on HBO on Sunday, September 27 at 9 p.m.