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  • Kansas statistician suing the state to obtain election records, says voting results don't add up

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. - A university mathematician found something that didn't add up, and now she's suing the state of Kansas to make sure every vote counts. Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson requested Sedgwick County release election records for the recent election. This week,...

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 3; Aug. 31, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Yesterday

    This week we explore dolphins (and how they'll rule us all one day), the koala-human connection, Ken Burns' dedication, froyo vs. ice cream and the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

  • Doubts about China's economic leadership sap confidence

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fear that gripped financial markets this month is a stark one: That China's economy might be slipping into a decline that could persist for years. But the world's second-largest economy isn't collapsing — certainly not yet, anyway. What's really in freefall is confidence...

  • Vote tally for Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in Senate

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon's Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Merkley's backing puts supporters within reach...

  • Majority of Oklahoma's lawmakers in Washington own $1 million or more in assets

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The annual financial disclosure reports required of members of Congress and top staff members show assets and liabilities only in very broad ranges of value. The reports aren't designed to show a lawmaker's net worth; instead, they allow the public to examine assets and transactions for possible...

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Rick M. Green: A look at what's happening at the Oklahoma Capitol for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office will start new review duties of boards and commissions

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sent out about 100 letters to Oklahoma boards and commissions whose board members consist predominantly of the professions they regulate, directing them to forward summaries of all proposed board actions that could trigger antitrust concerns for review.

  • Fed Vice Chair Fischer keeps open possibility of Sept. hike

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank's target level have likely begun to fade. Fischer said there's "good reason to believe that...

  • More Edmond road work

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Work to resurface residential streets in the Main Street housing addition started this week and is expected to take a month if the weather cooperates. Resurfacing is part of a $3.9 million project.

  • In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. Obama will become the first...

  • County commissioner Ray Vaughn dependable

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn was honored this week for his dependability by the Character Council of Edmond. “I am honored by being able to receive this in front of a lot of people that I very truly admire,” Vaughn said at the Edmond City Council meeting. “I can’t think of a job...

  • Illinois' Durbin gets a shot at political redemption

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For all its fraught politics and geopolitical import, the Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption. Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, is leading the effort to round up Senate support for the...

  • Obama: US-Israel ties will improve after Iran deal in place

    Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is comparing tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and says he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. "Like all families, sometimes there are going to...

  • And all the builders said amen

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    It was like Revival Week for Oklahoma homebuilders, with passionate talks by U.S. Sen. James Lankford and the “Prophet Doctor,” Charles C. Shinn Jr., at separate gatherings Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Latin music academy protests Trump's immigration proposals

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is drawing protests from another Latino organization — this time, one based in the music industry. The organization that runs the Latin Grammys and promotes the genre around the world, the Latin Recording Academy, says that "Trump...

  • Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower...

  • Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. "Like all families, sometimes there are...

  • Lankford: Changing Washington 'takes strong families, strong churches and strong communities'

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The federal government is largely a reflection of the nation as a whole, U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Friday while making the rounds of chambers of commerce in Bixby, Broken Arrow and Jenks. "When you look at D.C., that's really what we've become as a nation," Lankford said in Broken Arrow....

  • Fed vice chair in spotlight as markets seek rate hike clues

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence. The market's ride and how the Fed will react provide the backdrop for the annual high-profile...

  • Edmond's Rodkey House going to be used

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    City council members signed a lease with the Edmond Historical Society this week for use of the Rodkey House, one of the oldest houses in Edmond.

  • Biden, Ukraine leader condemn attacks by pro-Russian forces

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is criticizing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine for threatening to take more territory and hold their own elections. Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (por-oh-SHEHN'-koh) by phone Friday. The White House says Biden offered U.S....



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