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  • U.S.Government, tribes announce historic settlement worth millions.

    By Silas AllenStaff | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday that a $186 million settlement with the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations represents an opportunity for the federal government to wipe “a black mark of history” off its record.

  • WATCH: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell's address to Choctaw, Chickasaw nations

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Watch Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell address the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations Tuesday morning in Durant, Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma couples celebrate anniversary of end of ban on gay marriage

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Same-sex couples in Oklahoma are celebrating the right to marry.

  • Real ID poses potential real problems for those with Oklahoma driver's licenses

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Real ID  may be about to catch up with Oklahoma. Passed in 2005 as anti-terrorism legislation, the law attempts to impose uniform security standards on state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. More than half the states, including Oklahoma, have resisted the Real ID Act,...

  • 300 Oklahoma railroad crossings to get upgrades

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Oklahoma is about to embark on an ambitious project to spend $100 million improving 300 railroad crossings over the next three years, said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

  • Oklahoma attorney general asks court to put executions on hold

    By Graham Lee Brewer and Silas Allen Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    In the filing submitted Thursday, Scott Pruitt said officials need more time to investigate how the Oklahoma Corrections Department received the drug potassium acetate rather than potassium chloride for the execution of condemned inmate Richard Glossip. The court has not yet responded to Pruitt's...

  • 5 facts about Oklahoma's female prisoner problem

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    You might have heard that Oklahoma has a pretty big problem: its female prisoner population.  But what does that mean exactly? Here are 5 facts you should know about Oklahoma's female prisoner problem. No. 5 - Numbers don't lie recently took a look at the...

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin discusses earthquakes and fracking at water and energy event

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Touching on hot-button issues such as triggered earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday states are best positioned to come up with solutions involving energy development and water usage.

  • Three commutation requests headed to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Commutation, a rare form of clemency that reduces an offender’s sentence, hasn’t been granted in Oklahoma since August 2012. To receive a commutation, an inmate must first be recommended by the board and then approved by the governor.

  • Sales tax can fund Canadian County juvenile center, Oklahoms Supreme Court affirms

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court opinion affirms a county judge's temporary order to continue funding the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children's Justice Center in El Reno with a 0.035 percent sales tax approved by Canadian County voters in 1996.

  • Oklahoma tribes detail federal government's $186 million lawsuit settlement

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    The federal lawsuit settlement calls for the Choctaw Nation to receive $139.5 million and the Chickasaw Nation $46.5 million,Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said.

  • Reactions to Donald Trump's visit to Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Reactions to Donald Trump's visit to the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

  • 25 things we learned about Donald Trump at the state fair

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Leading Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump stormed the Oklahoma State Fair Friday to a raucous reception. Here's some things we learned along the way. 1. Supporters of The Donald arrive early. Even hours before his scheduled appearance. [pagebreak] 2. Not all of his supporters follow...

  • Superintendent Joy Hofmeister describes educational initiatives at Sand Springs meeting

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    SAND SPRINGS — State Superintendent of Education Joy Hofmeister spoke to a crowd of about 75 people at a Sand Springs Parent Action and Advocacy Team meeting Thursday evening. “We want to champion excellence at the state department, and when we think about that, we think about ensuring that...

  • West Point women call for Rep. Russell's Ranger records

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, center, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right. A group of female West Point graduates is asking the Army to turn over the Ranger records of Oklahoma congressman Steve Russell, Stars and Stripes is reporting.  The Republican freshman reignited debate this week...

  • Oklahoma teacher shortage: State board approves 157 more emergency certificates

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    In response to the statewide teacher shortage, the Oklahoma State Department of Education on Thursday announced the launch of a task force and received board approval for 157 more emergency teaching certificates to allow applicants who haven’t completed basic higher education and training...

  • VIDEO: Oklahomans react to Donald Trump's planned State Fair visit

    Bradon Long | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    It is official--The Donald will visit Oklahoma Friday.  Will Trump receive a warm reception in the Sooner State? A recent Sooner Poll had the billionaire leading Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination among Oklahoma voters. Nearly 31 percent of those in the...


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