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9:51 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Joint Fundraising Alleged in Probe of Campaign Activity

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An affidavit filed recently in Oklahoma County District Court contains claims that members of a high-profile political consulting firm and an independent "dark money" group improperly joined forces to demand donations to candidates and to the dark money group.

The search-warrant affidavit, written by the chief investigator for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, was filed in court last week and is part of the office’s investigation into alleged campaign law violations.

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9:40 am
Mon September 1, 2014

St Francis to Open New Patient Tower this Week

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A hospital in Tulsa will open a new eight-story patient tower and emergency center this week.

The Tulsa World reports that Saint Francis Hospital's biggest expansion in its history has been in the works for 12 years.

The $206 million, 450,000-square-foot project on the west side of the campus will provide 150 new beds in private rooms.

The area includes a pediatric emergency center with 25 treatment rooms, separate waiting rooms and entrances, and child-friendly lighting and decorations.

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9:16 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Widow Earns $503K in Workers' Compensation Case

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The widow and son of a Bartlesville man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that the man never was really with any fire department.

The Oklahoman reports that Thomas Russell Topping died in 2008 after registering at a state training facility as a volunteer for the Barnsdall fire department. But Barnsdall's fire chief, Pete O'Dell, testified in workers' comp court that Topping wasn't actually a volunteer.

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9:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Bank Loans used to Collect Unpaid Medical Bills

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that $6.5 million has been lent to about 4,000 patients since SSM Health Care inked a deal with Commerce Bank five months ago. Patients get the loans without undergoing credit checks and Commerce Bank receives a service fee.

The goal is to reduce the health system's bad debt, which grew from $157 million in 2012 to $204.7 million in 2013.

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9:08 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Wozniak, Forbes Among Speakers at OSU Series

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The co-founder of Apple Computer will be among the speakers coming to the state for the 2014 to 2015 Oklahoma State University's speaker series.

Steve Wozniak will be joined by Moira Forbes, president and publisher of Forbes Women, and New York Times columnist David Brooks at the series, which is presented by OSU"s Spears School of Business.

The speakers series showcases distinguished business, political and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities.

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8:51 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Oklahoma Watch: Pruitt Considers Legal Action Over NCLB

State Attorney General Scott Pruitt is looking into the revocation of Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver, raising the possibility that the state could take legal action.

Pruitt said the federal government may have overstepped its authority. He added he supports strong academic standards, but he believes the U.S. Department of Education cannot dictate what those standards are.

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8:43 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Big Crowds at the Lakes for Summer's Last Hurrah

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma parks officials say the state's lakes are expecting crowds this holiday weekend, though they likely won't be as intense as those over Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends.

Travis Miller, chief park ranger at Keystone State Park, says Labor Day crowds are more similar to those on an average weekend in June, with visitors just staying a bit longer.

The Tulsa World reports that because school is in session, families usually get a later start. And Monday will take with it the hunters, as dove season opens.

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8:39 am
Sun August 31, 2014

OSU to Students: Trail of Tears Sign NOT Okay

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University officials say students' sign referencing the Trail of Tears at an ESPN event prior to the game against the Florida State Seminoles crossed the line.

Oklahoma news outlets report the sign, held Saturday at ESPN's College GameDay event, read: "Send 'em home HASH Trail_of_Tears HASH GoPokes."

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8:36 am
Sun August 31, 2014

VIDEO: Cherokee Nation Chief says Tribe is Thriving

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation says the tribe is not just surviving in northeastern Oklahoma, but thriving.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker presented his State of the Nation address Saturday on the Cherokee National Courthouse lawn. Baker says that 175 years after Cherokees walked the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation is the largest, most advanced tribal government in the United States.

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8:32 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Sunday Morning Quarterback: OU Wins, OSU Does Not

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and top ranked Florida State opened defense of its national title with a 37-31 victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State on the same field where this year's champion will be crowned.

Winston wasn't nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago, but made plays when he had to as the Seminoles (1-0) tied a school record with their 17th straight victory.

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