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  • Increased Medicaid copayments prove difficult for Oklahoma man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    John Thorson, 60, is one of thousands of Oklahomans on the state’s Medicaid program who saw the amount of money they pay for prescriptions increase over the past month.

  • Workers Comp Commission spending includes $1,600 chairs, PR contract

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER -- Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Since it began operations in February, the Workers Compensation Commission has spent $30,000 furnishing its commissioners’ offices and signed a $4,500 contract with a consultant for a “communications strategy” at the same time it employed a full-time public information officer, a Tulsa World...

  • Referee to hear Oklahoma drilling tax cut lawsuit

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A lawsuit that challenges a new state law that sets Oklahoma’s tax on oil and natural gas production is headed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A Supreme Court referee is scheduled to hear oral presentations Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent. The lawsuit alleges...

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin complains to White House about children being housed at Fort Sill

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s governor questions details about the operation to care for children who crossed border illegally and to track them in the United States.

  • Mike Turpen turns book into Oklahoma City University scholarship dollars

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Turpen’s new book is at the heart of an effort to raise $150,000 in Oklahoma City University scholarship funds.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.

  • More Oklahoma abortion restrictions could end up in court

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s track record on defending abortion laws is not good, and more challenges may be coming.

  • Dark money group opposing Janet Barresi fails to file spending report

    BY CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Groups that spend more than $5,000 in political advertising during a...

  • Sen. Tom Coburn announces plans for town hall meetings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term. The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and...

  • Sentencing delayed for Oklahoma tea party leader

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Formal sentencing for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions has been delayed.

  • Oklahoma's road to becoming a red state

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

      Oklahoma is known as the reddest state in the country, but it wasn’t always that way. MSNBC’s Luke Russert discussed the state’s political history and transformation in a segment on The Daily Rundown Monday. He pointed out that the state elected 16 straight Democratic governors...

  • Fallin starts petition to close facilities for unaccompanied minors

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin's re-election campaign has launched an online petition calling for the closure of federal facilities, including one at Fort Sill, holding unaccompanied juveniles who have entered the U.S. illegally. "President Obama has chosen — instead of enforcing our laws or...

  • Appeals court rules Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals puts same-sex marriages on hold in Oklahoma until U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear appeal in Utah or Oklahoma cases.

  • Head of Oklahoma gay rights group applauds ruling

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

    The head of an organization that supports same-sex marriage rights is praising a federal appeals court’s decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision on Friday. The court panel put the ruling on...

  • Court rules for gay marriage in Oklahoma case

    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, AP | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    DENVER — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.

  • Senate panel OKs funding for AWACS planes at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The Senate Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval of AWACS funding virtually assures that the current complement of command-and-control aircraft at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base will survive another year.

  • If Oklahoma and Game of Thrones got together and created a state sigil, it'd look like this

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HBO recently debuted a piece of fun software called Join the Realm that allows users to generate their own sigils. One redditor by the name of Boo-yay decided to create sigils for each state and territory, which he then posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit. You can check them all out here, but...



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