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  • Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to Fort Sill as shelter for minors

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation said Monday they don’t want Fort Sill, the U.S. Army artillery post near Lawton, used to house unaccompanied alien children past the October deadline. The delegation’s comments came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a request...

  • Bridenstine to bring Tennessee congresswoman on Fort Sill tour

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, plans to bring a colleague along Saturday for his tour of the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the southern U.S. border. Bridenstine, who has been in a week-long struggle with the Department of Health and Human Services over...

  • Inhofe secures equipment deal for rural firefighters

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe has brokered a deal to allow rural fire departments continued access to surplus military vehicles that don’t meet Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, began working with the EPA and the Department of Defense after The Oklahoman reported...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: White House not telling truth about illegal minors

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said Tuesday he would listen to the Obama administration’s arguments for needing nearly $4 billion to deal with the current wave of illegal aliens. “I recognize that we have a real problem,” said Cole, a key member of the House Appropriations Committee. “What I have to...

  • Bridenstine demands "unfettered access" to Fort Sill facility for children

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Jim Bridenstine has put the Obama administration on notice that he plans to make recurring visits to the Fort Sill facility housing some of the unaccompanied alien children who have been streaming across the U.S. border from Central America. Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, released a...

  • Bridenstine: I couldn't get in to see illegal minors at Fort Sill (updated)

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, said he was denied access Tuesday to the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border. Bridenstine made a visit to the Health and Human Services Department facility at the U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma and was...

  • Hobby Lobby case wasn't just about 4 contraceptives

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Much of the coverage about Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act detailed the retailer’s specific objections to four birth control methods. David Green, the co-founder of Hobby Lobby, and his family considered four of the mandated...

  • Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Hobby Lobby and other closely-held corporations can deny health insurance coverage for some contraceptives if they object to them on religious grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices ruled 5-4 that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects the...

  • 10th Circuit Court Says States Can't Ban Gay Marriage

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    In a ruling that strikes down gay marriage ban in Oklahoma, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said today that the 14th Amendment protects same-sex couples’ right to marry. The decision is in the Utah case, which  was considered on a fast track with the Oklahoma case. In both cases,...

  • Who is James Lankford?

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    A profile of U.S. Rep. James Lankford from his first race four years ago. Lankford, of Oklahoma City, easily won the GOP nomination Tuesday night for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn and appears to be headed for the U.S. Senate.

  • Jett, Robertson haven't filed financial disclosure reports

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Two Republican congressional candidates  in Oklahoma  have not filed financial disclosure reports even though they have met the campaign spending threshold. Shane Jett, of Tecumseh, who is running for the 5th District seat being vacated by Rep. James Lankford, has not filed the required...

  • Outside groups help Lankford, Shannon, Russell in last days

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Outside groups continued to pump money into trying to influence Oklahoma elections on Friday, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. _ A political action committee called America’s PAC purchased nearly $10,000 of radio time for Steve Russell, an Oklahoma City Republican...


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