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  • Pilot program to provide federal student aid to prisoners

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars. The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid. The Education Department confirmed Tuesday...

  • 7 Oklahomans who are running for president

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    If you didn't hear, there (currently) are seven Oklahomans who, as of right now, are running for president in 2016. The seven break down like this: three Republicans, two Democrats, one Independent and one Libertarian. Do they stand a chance? Ehhh... You let us know. Here are the 7...

  • Despite Inhofe's efforts, House delays vote on highway proposal

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, tried Tuesday to pressure the House to stay in Washington and consider his six-year highway bill, but GOP leaders opted to start their vacation this week. The Senate is expected to pass Inhofe’s bill by Thursday at the latest.

  • Pollard to be freed; US analyst spied for Israel

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years. The decision to free Pollard from his life sentence,...

  • Fed is likely to delay 1st rate hike in 9 years a bit longer

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows — just not likely yet. On Wednesday, when it ends its latest policy meeting, Fed officials will issue a statement that will be parsed for clues to just when the first rate increase since 2006 might...

  • Fallin's daughter to move trailer off mansion grounds

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin appeared on an Oklahoma City TV station Tuesday afternoon and said the trailer would be moved by Sunday. She discounted any suggestion that the vehicle, which is hooked to the mansion's water and electricity, was unduly using state resources.

  • Conservative pushes symbolic effort against Boehner

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative Republican who was disciplined earlier this year after defying House leaders is pushing a largely symbolic effort to strip John Boehner of his position as House speaker. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina on Tuesday filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an...

  • Administration would give prisoners access to student grants

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars. The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid. The Education Department confirmed Tuesday...

  • From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is...

  • GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican...

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Seating will be limited for papal address


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seats on the floor of the House chamber are not for everybody. But when Pope Francis addresses Congress this fall, they're going to be even harder to get than usual — and this means you, former senators and representatives. In an unusual move, the House voted Tuesday to limit...

  • Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran. "If Congress does not support the deal, we would see this deal die — with...

  • Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious. Siebold was aware that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had...

  • Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA's right to impose...

  • NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him,...

  • What's in emergency bill to fund Veterans Affairs Department


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A three-month highway spending bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers from both parties said the...

  • House intelligence chairman calls for new Iran assessment


    WASHINGTON (AP) — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes is asking for additional intelligence assessments related to the nuclear agreement with Iran. In a letter Tuesday to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Nunes asked for an analysis of competing hypotheses about whether...

  • Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia. The four burial sites were uncovered...

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledges criminal investigation in court filing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Attorneys for state Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledge in court documents that Brinkley is the subject of criminal investigations related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Better Business Bureau. “One or more criminal investigations are pending relating to the same...

  • Updated: Gov. Fallin expected to address daughter's trailer on mansion grounds today

    Adam Kemp | Yesterday

    The Oklahoman's Capitol Reporter Rick Green wrote over the weekend how Governor Mary Fallin was happy to have her adult children living at the Governor's Mansion this summer. Among them, Christina Fallin,  28, has hitched her travel trailer up to the one of the mansion's guest house.  ...

  • Christina Fallin living in travel trailer near Governor's Mansion; other family members also home for the summer

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@opubco.com | Yesterday

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, July 26, 2015.



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