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  • Researchers divided over effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen for traumatic brain injury treatment

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma lawmakers want to make a type of experimental therapy available for free to veterans with traumatic brain injury. But some researchers question the treatment, saying it’s ineffective at best and potentially dangerous at worst.

  • Patrice Douglas leads money chase in crowded Oklahoma field for U.S. House seat

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area congressional seat draws lots of candidates and donors; Douglas, a Republican corporation commissioner from Edmond, has twice the war chest of any other candidate.

  • Three takeaways from arguments in Oklahoma's same-sex marriage case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The federal appeals court in Denver has completed arguments over the same-sex marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah and must now render a decision.

  • Wyandotte Nation opens new community center

    By William Swaim, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Heritage Acres Community Center in Wyandotte features a tornado safe room.

  • National Archives release Oklahoma City bombing documents

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The National Archives released thousands of pages of previously restricted documents from former President Bill Clinton’s administration, including about 30 pages related to the Oklahoma City bombing.

  • Norman gets low-interest loan for water treatment plant improvements

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The state Water Resources Board has approved a $50.3 million loan to the Norman Utilities Authority to help pay for improvements to its water reclamation/wastewater treatment plant.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute

    By KRISTI EATON | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sought to speak with advisers about repercussions with the Cherokee Nation as she considered intervening in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee girl. Veronica was in the center of a custody battle between her...

  • Oklahoma AG appeals district court decision on lethal injection drugs

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs. The Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Oklahoma County District Judge...

  • Three takeaways from same-sex marriage arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Three judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Denver on Thursday in Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case. The same judges heard arguments on April 10 in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, which is very similar to the one from Oklahoma. In both, a federal judge...

  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools...

  • Hundreds gather at Oklahoma Capitol rally for developmentally disabled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Officials say thousands of Oklahomans are on a waiting list for disabilities services.

  • Oklahoma insurance commissioner meets with President Obama to discuss looming insurance rate hikes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    State Insurance Commissioner John Doak was among several state regulators who met with President Barack Obama and other senior staff to discuss a variety of pending healthcare issues.

  • Oklahoma House approves three human trafficking measures

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Three bills designed to crack down on human trafficking were unanimously approved Thursday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives and are on their way to the governor.

  • Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate withdraws challenge to candidacy of competitor

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman is no longer challenging the candidacy of competitor Kimberly Willis, who is running as an independent.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin not pleased by decision on Lexington, Purcell federal disaster loans

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The U.S. Small Business Administration rejected the request to make federally subsidized disaster loans available to businesses impacted by the closure of a bridge over the South Canadian River.

  • Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, announced Thursday that she is pregnant at a speaking event with her mother, according to BuzzFeed. The child will be the first for Clinton, who is 34, and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, as well as the first grandchild for Bill and Hillary...

  • Businesses affected by Lexington-Purcell bridge closure denied loans

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin says she is disappointed the U.S. Small Business Administration denied her request for loans that would help two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure. Fallin said on Thursday the denial was based on the fact that the Jan. 31 bridge closure does not meet the...

  • 'The poorest president in the world'

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Jose Mujica says his wealth adds up to $322,883. Nearly a third of that is cash, kept in three bank accounts that Uruguay's leader didn't previously declare, according to The Associated Press. The AP reports Mujica's insistence on living simply has earned him the nickname "the poorest...

  • Chelsea Clinton: I Might Run for Office Someday

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes, according to The Associated Press. The AP reports Clinton, 34, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told Fast...

  • Cushing to change animal euthanasia method

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CUSHING — Cushing has received a $2,000 grant to change the method it uses to euthanize animals at the city’s animal shelter. The city now uses a gas chamber to euthanize animals, but the grant from the state chapter of the U.S. Humane Society will allow it to transition to an injection...

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    By KRISTI EATON, AP | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and...



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