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Local News
5:28 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Oklahoma House Passes Two Anti-Abortion Bills

Two anti-abortion measures have been approved in the Oklahoma House.

The House Public Health Committee on Wednesday approved the "Oklahoma Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act," which would outlaw certain late-term abortions. The bill provides an exception in cases where the abortion was necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the mother. It now heads to the full House.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Oklahoma House Committee Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

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Oklahomans would be prohibited from texting while driving under legislation approved by a state House committee.

The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 11-0 Wednesday to send the measure to the full House for debate and a vote.

The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa would prohibit a motorist from operating a motor vehicle while texting, emailing or using instant messaging on an electronic device while the vehicle is in motion.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Oklahoma Executions on Hold as US Supreme Court Reviews Drug

Executions are again on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state's request to postpone lethal injections while justices review a challenge over the use of a particular sedative.

The court on Wednesday ordered Oklahoma to halt lethal injections after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary stay.

The justices agreed Friday to consider the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Governor Fallin Issues Order to Deal With Nonviolent Offenders

Governor Mary Fallin
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order creating a special committee to develop reforms to how the state handles nonviolent offenders who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Fallin issued the order Wednesday creating the six-member Oklahoma Justice Reform Steering Committee.

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Business
4:42 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Creek Tribe Announces $22M Entertainment Venue in Jenks

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Leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have plans to build a $22 million entertainment complex in suburban Tulsa.

Principal Chief George Tiger announced the project at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. The new venue will be located at the Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks.

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Health
4:32 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Drug Overdoses Growing Problem in Rural Oklahoma

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Drug overdoses caused by prescription drug abuse are a growing problem in rural Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that while most overdoses occur in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, rural counties in the state represent a growing segment of the prescription drug epidemic.

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Marijuana
2:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma and Nebraska Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

A legal marijuana growing operation in Colorado.
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Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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Sports
11:44 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma City Barons to End Operations

The Oklahoma City Barons play the Grand Rapids Griffins in an American Hockey League game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on December 13, 2014.
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The Oklahoma City Barons have announced the team will end operations at the end of the current American Hockey League season.

The team said in a statement Thursday that the decision was made after it was unable to complete an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Edmond Oilers.

Bob Funk Jr., the chairman of Prodigal, which manages the Barons, praised the Edmonton organization — but said without a better financial agreement the company can no longer justify investing in the hockey team.

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Immigration
6:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Pruitt Adds Oklahoma to List of States Suing Obama

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
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Attorney General Scott Pruitt is adding Oklahoma to the list of 20 states suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to spare from deportation nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Pruitt announced Tuesday that Oklahoma would join the multistate lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas.

In a statement, Pruitt said the president's executive actions are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

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Politics
2:32 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Sen. Coburn Releases Report Criticizing Tax Expenditures

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

Read the full report here.

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