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  • Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use. He also promised that the aging pipes that...

  • Panel: Painkiller training should be required for physicians

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to undergo training aimed at reducing misuse and abuse of the medications, according to federal health experts, though they acknowledge the challenge of putting such a mandate in place. The group of advisers to the Food and...

  • Trump's open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. Some Republican leaders...

  • New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, wind...

  • Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute the necessary replacement parts. The recall of inflators that can...

  • Lawsuit: EPA needs new rules to address manmade earthquakes

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal environmental regulators over their alleged failure to stop oil and gas companies from disposing of drilling waste in ways that can threaten drinking water supplies and trigger manmade earthquakes. The lawsuit filed...

  • Illinois lawmakers urge Boeing not to sell aircraft to Iran

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Republican congressmen from Illinois are urging the chief executive officer of Chicago-based Boeing to not sell aircraft to Iran. The lawmakers tell Dennis Muilenburg in a letter sent Monday that commercial aviation sales to Iran would subsidize a country that is a...



State Political Coverage


  • Emergency responders save 42 lives using naloxone to prevent overdose deaths

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Emergency responders have saved 42 lives in Oklahoma by using the drug naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths, according to the state Health Department.

  • Oklahoma City files response to panhandling lawsuit

    William Crum | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Attorneys for the city of Oklahoma City say the panhandling ordinance passed by the city council in December serves “significant governmental interests” in protecting public safety. The city makes the assertion in its response to a lawsuit brought by the state's leading civil...

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency ending Planned Parenthood contracts

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Health Care Authority says it is ending its contracts with two Planned Parenthood organizations that provide health care services to low-income women and families in the state. OHCA Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez confirmed in a statement Wednesday the...

  • US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws. The Obama Administration agency on Wednesday put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that that state officials must confirm by Monday that...

  • Fallin endorses Trump

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin, who has withheld her endorsement of any candidate in the Republican presidential race, threw her support behind Donald Trump on Wednesday. In brief comments to reporters after a public event, she said she stands behind the New York billionaire, who favors building a huge wall...

  • State trooper advocates say Oklahoma can't afford more cuts

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Advocates of Oklahoma Highway Patrol employees claim further budget cuts to the state's Department of Public Safety could make highways more dangerous. Oklahoma State Troopers Association President Keith Barenberg said Wednesday in a statement that cuts to the Oklahoma...

  • Fallin endorses Trump's presidential bid, welcomes VP talk

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent." Fallin also said Wednesday she's honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential...



Politics articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman


  • Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back'

    Updated: 53 min ago

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use. He also promised that the aging pipes that...

  • Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry

    Updated: 57 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bigotry and to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy. Obama said America's tradition is to welcome newcomers because it was founded by immigrants. He said that tradition also...

  • Emergency responders save 42 lives using naloxone to prevent overdose deaths

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Emergency responders have saved 42 lives in Oklahoma by using the drug naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths, according to the state Health Department.

  • US Judge: Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan signed an...

  • Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. Much like engineers are designing self-driving cars, Wednesday's research is part of a move toward...

  • Panel: Painkiller training should be required for physicians

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to undergo training aimed at reducing misuse and abuse of the medications, according to federal health experts, though they acknowledge the challenge of putting such a mandate in place. The group of advisers to the Food and...

  • Trump's open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. Some Republican leaders...

  • The Latest: Sen. McConnell calls on Trump to unite party

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT): 7:55 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Donald Trump, as the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, has the "opportunity and the obligation" to unite the GOP. In a statement, McConnell...

  • Oklahoma City files response to panhandling lawsuit

    William Crum | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Attorneys for the city of Oklahoma City say the panhandling ordinance passed by the city council in December serves “significant governmental interests” in protecting public safety. The city makes the assertion in its response to a lawsuit brought by the state's leading civil...

  • New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, wind...

  • DC bus hijacker allegedly smoked PCP before incident

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of hijacking a bus and then striking and killing a pedestrian as he drove had smoked synthetic marijuana and PCP before the incident, court documents released Wednesday said. Keith Loving of Washington made his first appearance in court Wednesday and was ordered...

  • Army captain sues Obama; says he lacks authority to fight IS

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army captain sued President Barack Obama on Wednesday, alleging that he doesn't have the proper congressional authority to wage war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Capt. Nathan Michael Smith filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington as the...

  • NATE SILVER: 'We basically got the Republican race wrong'

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    In September 2015, writer and statistician Nate Silver urged people to "calm down"  about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination. Two months later, he wrote that the media should "stop freaking out about Donald Trump's polls" and that Trump's...

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency ending Planned Parenthood contracts

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Health Care Authority says it is ending its contracts with two Planned Parenthood organizations that provide health care services to low-income women and families in the state. OHCA Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez confirmed in a statement Wednesday the...

  • US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws. The Obama Administration agency on Wednesday put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that that state officials must confirm by Monday that...

  • Fallin endorses Trump

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin, who has withheld her endorsement of any candidate in the Republican presidential race, threw her support behind Donald Trump on Wednesday. In brief comments to reporters after a public event, she said she stands behind the New York billionaire, who favors building a huge wall...

  • State trooper advocates say Oklahoma can't afford more cuts

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Advocates of Oklahoma Highway Patrol employees claim further budget cuts to the state's Department of Public Safety could make highways more dangerous. Oklahoma State Troopers Association President Keith Barenberg said Wednesday in a statement that cuts to the Oklahoma...

  • Fallin endorses Trump's presidential bid, welcomes VP talk

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent." Fallin also said Wednesday she's honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential...

  • Oklahoma House committee approves firearms legislation

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A committee of state lawmakers has given preliminary approval to legislation that allows Oklahomans to openly carry guns without any training or background checks. The House Conference Committee on Public Safety on Wednesday passed the bill by Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of...

  • Oklahoma legislation tackles loophole in sodomy law

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Lawmakers on Wednesday began to advance a bill to revise Oklahoma's forcible sodomy law after a court ruled the existing statute did not protect victims who were unconscious or intoxicated. State Rep. Scott Biggs said his House Bill 2398 was signed out of a conference committee, the first step...



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