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  • Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission names interim director

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer   | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Kelly Cathey has been named interim executive director of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commmission, Ran Leonard, the commission's chairman, announced Wednesday. Constantin Rieger resigned Friday after 10 years on the job.

  • State Sen. Kim David says Republican women should speak up

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Donald Trump’s bombastic remarks about women may set the Internet ablaze and do wonders for cable news ratings, but Republican women should have more fundamental concerns, a GOP state senator said Tuesday. “People think the Republican Party has a war on women because we let the men speak for...

  • Better Business Bureau ups amount it says state Sen. Rick Brinkley embezzled

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The amount believed embezzled from a nonprofit agency by state Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, has increased from $1 million to more than $1.8 million, according to a document filed Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court. The Better Business Bureau of Tulsa, which Brinkley headed for 15 years,...

  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation seeks federal funds for flood damage

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has requested $28 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to repair and replace roads and bridges damaged by this year's floods.

  • Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission's executive director resigns

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Constantin Rieger, executive director of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, has resigned. He had held the position since 2005.

  • ‘It is a very fragile group’: State's Honor Flights program nears end of mission

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    After six years and more than 20 flights, the Oklahoma Honor Flights program is nearing the end of its mission. Two more Boeing 737 charter flights are scheduled to leave Oklahoma City to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial on Sept. 16 and Oct. 21.

  • Senator tenders resignation amid embezzlement accusations

    By Rick Green | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, has resigned after being accused of embezzling more than $1 million.

  • Rocky Roads: I-35 lanes to reopen near Davis after rockslide

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    All lanes of Interstate 35 near Turner Falls are expected to be cleared and reopened to traffic by Monday, if not sooner, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

  • IRS assures Oklahoma AG it won't reject tax-exempt status over gay marriage refusal

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he has been told by the IRS that it will not attempt to revoke the tax-exempt status of religious organizations based on their refusal to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin: Regulations won't have immediate impact on number of quakes

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday said changes in regulatory policies governing disposal wells will not have an immediate impact on the number of earthquakes in the state. “I think it is important for the people of Oklahoma to understand that just because there is a change in regulatory policy...

  • 7 times Oklahoma was featured on 'The Daily Show'

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Jon Stewart has always had a way of sharing his thoughts on current affairs, and he did it for 16 years as host of "The Daily Show." Thursday's episode is Stewart's last, and he'll definitely be missed. He, in many ways, is the voice of a generation, and his ability to put ridiculousness on...

  • Russell says Iran deal is not good

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau  | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    U.S. Rep. Steve Russell said Congress should scuttle the Iran nuclear accord. He spoke after an appearance before the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

  • Court puts brakes on license plate lawsuit

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected a Bethany pastor's arguments Tuesday, upholding a lower court ruling by U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton, of Oklahoma City.

  • Did Sen. James Lankford fall into the 'man trap' on abortion?

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World columnist | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A brief exchange Monday between U.S. senators James Lankford and Barbara Boxer touched one of the rawest nerves laid bare by discussions of abortion rights: How much moral authority do men have to tell women what to do when it comes to reproductive rights and abortion? "I gave birth to...

  • Oklahoma rural hospitals in critical condition

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma hospital consultant calls situation "scary" as rural hospitals work to comply with changing regulations.

  • Oklahoma governor says she is opposed to emission cut plan

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she's opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions at Oklahoma power plants because it will likely increase electricity costs for consumers. Fallin said Monday Obama's "Clean Power Plan" represents one of the most...

  • Bridenstine may join effort to oust Speaker John Boehner

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A spokeswoman for First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday there is a good chance the Tulsa Republican will join the most recent effort to oust U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sheryl Kaufman said Bridenstine "absolutely supports new leadership" in the House, and...


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