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  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says deal reached on surplus program's red tape

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The U.S. Defense Department has cut red tape in a program that gives surplus military vehicles to rural fire departments, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe said Thursday.

  • Oklahomans with serious mental illness who qualify for Medicaid to benefit from 'health home' model

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma adults with serious mental illness are dying 25 years younger than the general population. The state’s mental health agency hopes to help change that through better health care integration.

  • Drop corrections board from suit, Oklahoma argues

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Attorneys representing the state in a lawsuit over Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedures are again asking a federal judge to dismiss the Board of Corrections from the complaint, along with any other death row inmate who does not have a pending execution date. In court papers filed Wednesday,...

  • Report: Senator Jim Inhofe's son was flying new aircraft solo

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    OWASSO — A federal report says the son of a U.S. senator was flying a new type of aircraft for the first time alone when he was killed in a plane crash. Perry Inhofe, the son of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, died in the November 2013 crash near Tulsa. According to a National Transportation...

  • Bridenstine blames Obama for problems in Iraq and on Texas' border

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Problems in Iraq and on Texas’ border with Mexico are the fault of President Barack Obama, and he’s also partly responsible for conflict in eastern Europe, First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday. “The American public is waking up,” said Bridenstine. “What I will tell you, what...

  • Oklahoma governor’s office releases e-mails previously withheld from public

    BY RICK M. GREEN | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Politics, pragmatism are front and center in new email release from Oklahoma’s governor.

  • Couple, together 20 years, runs out of time waiting for Oklahoma marriage law to change

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    They’d been a couple almost 20 years when last October Kim Woodard turned to Jerry Custer and said: “Let’s get married!” They booked plane tickets to California, where months earlier, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. But a week before...

  • Oklahoma judge on 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defies expectations in same-sex marriage case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Considered by many Democrats to be closed-minded on matters of civil rights, Jerome A. Holmes, of Oklahoma City, was the swing vote in striking down Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

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  • Immigrant children leave Fort Sill a day early

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The Army barracks at Fort Sill, near Lawton in southwestern Oklahoma, were empty Thursday, after having been used for weeks as temporary housing for thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children.

  • Congressional candidate Steve Russell defends vote in dispute about Common Core

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    An Oklahoma state issue boils over into a federal race as Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas’ campaign attacks Steve Russell, a former state senator now running for Congress. Russell voted in favor of Common Core, but said Wednesday the thrust of the bill was teacher evaluation and pay.

  • AG: Workers Compensation Commission broke Open Meeting Act, must fix

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office says an agency that oversees the workers compensation system has violated the state’s Open Meeting Act and needs to take remedial steps to correct the violations. Senior Assistant Attorney General Sandra Rinehart told the Workers Compensation Commission...

  • Attorneys in Oklahoma same-sex marriage case seek legal fees from county

    By ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    DENVER — Attorneys for two lesbian couples who sued to overturn Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages want Tulsa County to pay their fees. The attorneys asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to award them fees for their legal work on the case in the court. The Denver-based...

  • Oklahoma attorney general, 11 others sue EPA over proposed carbon rules

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has joined attorneys general in 11 other states challenging EPA rules proposed in June to limit carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants.

  • Immigrant children to be moved from Fort Sill

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    The U.S. Health and Human Services Department plans to phase out the use of U.S. military facilities for temporarily housing immigrant children, and expects to no longer need Fort Sill in Oklahoma after this week.

  • Oklahoma City is the second most conservative US city according to The Economist

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    A recent blog post from The Economist weighing urban ideologies found Oklahoma City to be the second most conservative city of 250,000 or more people in the country. The Economist cites data from a study published this month in the American Political Science Review that, the publication says,...

  • Increased Medicaid copayments prove difficult for Oklahoma man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    John Thorson, 60, is one of thousands of Oklahomans on the state’s Medicaid program who saw the amount of money they pay for prescriptions increase over the past month.


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