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  • Oklahoma Democratic Party sues Fallin over records request

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Oklahoma Democrats asked for records on how much the governor spent on her trip to Paris in June. The organization complained its request made in June still hasn't been fulfilled.

  • Video highlights of the sixth Democratic debate

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Did you miss Thursday night's showdown between Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?  Don't worry! We've got you covered in bite-size chunks.  These are the highlights from the sixth Democratic debate.

  • Six memorable quotes from the Democratic Debate

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders squared off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday night in a debate hosted by PBS.

  • House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests. The...

  • Budget hole grows to $1.3 billion amid oil bust

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    There will be 19.1 percent less money to appropriate for the 2017 fiscal year than was available for the current budget, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services officials said Thursday.

  • Retired police officer to face incumbent in Midwest City mayoral general election

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Retired Midwest City police officer Matt Dukes received 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary mayoral recall election and will face Mayor Jay Dee Collins on April 5 in Midwest City's mayoral general election.

  • POLL: Who won Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Did you watch Thursday's Democratic debate? If so, who won? Take our poll and weigh in.

  • Oklahoma state news briefs for Feb. 12, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oklahoma state news briefs for Feb. 12, 2016

  • Governor's legal counsel resigns four months after testifying before grand jury

    By RICK M. GREEN and NOLAN CLAY Staff Writers     | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin's legal counsel Steve Mullins, who testified before a state grand jury investigating an execution drug mix-up, resigned Thursday. Mullins has served as the governor's general counsel since February 2012. His last day in the governor's office will be Feb. 29. In his...

  • Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday. King has served as acting secretary since Arne Duncan...

  • House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients. Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt unveiled the legislation on Thursday. The bill is an attempt to support such efforts in states like Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker has...

  • Smithsonian giving visitors a virtual look inside Apollo 11

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are bits of space graffiti hidden from the public for decades: a crude calendar, scrawled lunar coordinates and markings warning of a locker containing "smelly waste." Apollo 11 astronauts left those scribbles inside the spacecraft that took them on their historic mission...

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final...

  • Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement. Ambassador Stephen Mull, the lead U.S. official overseeing the deal's...

  • AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means. WHAT IS A GRAVITATIONAL WAVE?...

  • If Ferguson dissolves police department, who would step in?

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the city's leaders have acknowledged the possibility that they might someday disband the police department and cede law enforcement to another agency. The question is: Would anyone else want it? The...

  • Lawmakers say budget squeeze could knock 111,000 Oklahomans off Medicaid rolls

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    More than 110,000 Oklahomans would lose Medicaid coverage under legislation that advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives. Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, said he offered House Bill 2665 “with a heavy heart” in an attempt to give the state more flexibility in dealing with a general revenue...

  • US criticizes Cambodia for intimidation ahead of PM's visit

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is criticizing Cambodia's government for threats against the political opposition as the Southeast Asian nation's prime minister prepares to make his first official U.S. visit during 31 years in power. Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to attend a summit...

  • Watchdog finds progress since "Fast and Furious" operation

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has made progress since a failed gun-smuggling sting operation known as Fast and Furious, but more work needs to be done, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday. The report from the department's inspector general found that the department had put...

  • 'Tiny Dancer' will never be the same after you hear 'Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders'

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    New York musician Mel Flannery and her husband, Danny Sher have put their talents into "Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders," a song that's a Sanders-centric take on the Elton Johnclassic "Tiny Dancer," USA TODAY reports.



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