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  • State Capitol could gain annex with MoDOT building takeover

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Senate wants to spend $35 million to turn a state office building adjacent to the Capitol into an annex to house staffers, hearing rooms and maybe even a tunnel that visitors would use to enter the Capitol. Under the plan, the Missouri Department of Transportation...

  • Residents with mental illness get second chances when arrested — in some Oklahoma counties

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    If you have a serious mental illness and get arrested for a nonviolent crime in Oklahoma, whether you go to prison or are enrolled in a diversion program largely depends on where you reside.

  • Filing continues in Oklahoma City council races

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Four more candidates filed Thursday to run for Oklahoma City Council in the March 3 election. Candidates include all the sitting council members who had announced plans to seek re-election — Ed Shadid in Ward 2, David Greenwell in Ward 5 and Meg Salyer in Ward 6.

  • Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister takes seat on standards steering committee, launches transparency effort

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Oklahoma State Board of Education approved state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister‘s budget changes for 2016 at her first meeting after the inauguration.

  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama's proposed $74...

  • Hundreds of state employees sent home after water line break at Oklahoma Capitol complex

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Workers using a backhoe broke a water line for the Sequoyah Memorial Office Building Thursday in the Oklahoma Capitol complex and about 500 employees were sent home about noon while repairs were made.

  • Senate approval of Keystone XL pipeline is short of veto-proof margin

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Both Oklahoma senators voted to approve the TransCanada project comes after three weeks of debate and a return to the Senate’s long traditions of offering and voting on amendments.

  • Right-to-work bill approved by 8-5 vote in House committee

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    em012915f/a1/metro/John Garcia, center, former Economic Developement Sec. for Gov. Johnson, speaks in support of a Right to Work bill. This was during a completely packed House Business and Employment Committee in Santa Fe, Thursday January 29, 2015. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque journal) The debate...

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top...

  • Barresi tops list of political donors in Oklahoma

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While national groups like governors' associations were among the top donors for state-level elections across the country in 2014, in Oklahoma it was candidates themselves who were the top individual donors to campaigns. An analysis released this week by the Washington,...

  • Obama budget to call for $1 billion for Central America

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says President Barack Obama's budget will call for $1 billion in aid for Central America. He says that's three times what the U.S. typically gives the region. Biden writes in an op-ed in The New York Times that the aid will help Central American...

  • Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use and nuclear...

  • State Rep. Sally Kern withdraws bill that would have allowed businesses to discrimnate against gays

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Rep. Sally Kern has withdrawn a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Oklahoma City Republican issued a statement Thursday indicating the measure did not accomplish her desired purpose. She was not available for additional comment. Kern's House...

  • Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children — including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings. The request — $150 million more than in this year's budget — sets aside $58 million in new...

  • McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Shortly after Kissinger, 91, took a seat...

  • Senator: Taliban detainees have communicated with Haqqani

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar. The Pentagon said Thursday that...

  • Texas GOP chief leaves role, joins Rand Paul political team

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday picked up the backing of the Republican Party of Texas' chairman, who is stepping down from his role to take a position as a national senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican's presidential campaign-in-waiting In doing so, Steve Munisteri bypassed...

  • Dems threaten to block action on Homeland-immigration bill

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats threatened Thursday to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison House-passed provisions that reverse President Barack Obama's key immigration policies. Without action by Congress by Feb. 27, the department...

  • 'Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction...

  • New push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of US aid agency

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western...

  • New chief of CIA Clandestine Service is spying veteran

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA officer credited with saving Hamid Karzai's life during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has been named director of the National Clandestine Service, the agency's spying arm. The officer, a former Marine who is under cover and whose first name is Greg, was...



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