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  • Sentencing delayed for Oklahoma tea party leader


    Formal sentencing for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions has been delayed.

  • Oklahoma's road to becoming a red state

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

      Oklahoma is known as the reddest state in the country, but it wasn’t always that way. MSNBC’s Luke Russert discussed the state’s political history and transformation in a segment on The Daily Rundown Monday. He pointed out that the state elected 16 straight Democratic...

  • Fallin starts petition to close facilities for unaccompanied minors

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin's re-election campaign has launched an online petition calling for the closure of federal facilities, including one at Fort Sill, holding unaccompanied juveniles who have entered the U.S. illegally. "President Obama has chosen — instead of enforcing our laws...

  • Appeals court rules Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals puts same-sex marriages on hold in Oklahoma until U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear appeal in Utah or Oklahoma cases.

  • Head of Oklahoma gay rights group applauds ruling

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The head of an organization that supports same-sex marriage rights is praising a federal appeals court’s decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision on Friday. The court panel put the...

  • Court rules for gay marriage in Oklahoma case

    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, AP | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    DENVER — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.

  • Senate panel OKs funding for AWACS planes at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The Senate Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval of AWACS funding virtually assures that the current complement of command-and-control aircraft at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base will survive another year.

  • If Oklahoma and Game of Thrones got together and created a state sigil, it'd look like this

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HBO recently debuted a piece of fun software called Join the Realm that allows users to generate their own sigils. One redditor by the name of Boo-yay decided to create sigils for each state and territory, which he then posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit. You can check them all out here, but...

  • Fallin slams Obama on immigration, says kids will be financial burden to states

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin harshly criticized the Obama administration’s immigration policies on Wednesday and said she fears the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Latin America will become a financial burden to the states. “Many of our public schools are already at capacity and need...

  • Oklahoma Capitol renovation project previewed

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    State officials have previewed preliminary plans for renovating the century-old Oklahoma State Capitol amid a display of artifacts from groundbreaking ceremonies for the structure.

  • State Supreme Court will hear case of terminated Owasso police officer

    By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    OWASSO — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a terminated Owasso police officer who was ordered reinstated by the state appellate court. Former police Lt. Mike Denton was fired in 2011 because he violated the department’s use-of-force policy. The state Supreme Court...

  • Fallin's office on rumor: Barresi not being considered for secretary of education

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    State Rep. Joe Dorman issued a news release Wednesday evening slamming Gov. Mary Fallin on her education policies and accusing her of considering the appointment of outgoing State Superintendent Janet Barresi as secretary of education. But Fallin's spokesman dismissed Dorman's press release as...

  • New certification law may affect handgun license applicants

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday reached out to people who have completed a firearm safety training course but have not yet applied for a handgun license because time is running out on their certifications’ validity. State law requires that applicants for a license to...

  • Oklahoma student speaks out about being expelled from Christian college after same-sex wedding

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    hristian Minard and her longtime girlfriend, Kadyn Parks, were driving through New Mexico in March, exploring some of the state's scenery when they settled on a courthouse in Albuquerque for their marriage. Minard, 22, a student at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, said she and Parks...

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rules in favor of Common Core repeal

    BY RICK GREEN | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday supporting the constitutionality of the law repealing Common Core academic standards.

  • Oklahoma judge to consider class-action status for suit seeking DUI fee refunds

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Thousands of Oklahoma drivers whose licenses were revoked by the Department of Public Safety through the use of a faulty affidavit could soon learn whether they will be part of a class-action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in refunds. The lawsuit seeks refunds for an estimated 40,000...

  • Oklahoma state Sen. Harry Coates formally charged with DWI in Texas

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Harry Edward Coates, 63, R-Seminole, was charged July 7 following a May 15 arrest in northern Texas, according to online court records.


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