Tulsa, OK –
Tulsa University names a new man to steer the athletic department through the rough waters of conference and bowl game re-alignments ahead.
Ross Parmley has been interim athletic director since Bubba Cunningham left last year. Now he has the job permanently. He agrees these are uncertain times with teams jumping from one conference to another, and likely changes to the bowl championship series, but says he's ready to take on the challenge.

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Claremore, OK – Brooks' lawyers: Hospital notes back naming plan

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) Lawyers for country singer Garth Brooks say a hospital's internal documents back his claim that a $500,000 donation was intended for a women's center to be named after his late mother.

The center was never built, and Brooks wants the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital to refund his money. The hospital says Brooks gave the money without conditions.

Oklahoma City, OK – Government approves waiver for Okla. hospital fee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The federal government has approved Oklahoma's plan to implement a provider fee to maintain reimbursement rates for hospitals that provide Medicaid services.

Legislation adopted last year allows for a 2.5 percent fee to be assessed on certain Oklahoma hospitals. That revenue is matched by the government and used primarily to maintain hospital reimbursement from the state's Medicaid program, called SoonerCare.

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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House pushes forward with ethics panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After a tumultuous legislative session last year in which three members were publicly reprimanded including one who faces criminal charges a newly created House Ethics Committee is beginning its work.

The legislative panel met Wednesday and approved a proposed code of conduct for House members and began developing its rules and procedures.

Undated – Okla. officials blast Obama over pipeline move

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Governor Mary Fallin and other elected officials are blasting President Barack Obama for his decision to reject a permit to build a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that would cross Oklahoma.

Obama on Wednesday announced that he turned down the proposal for the 1,700-mile pipeline because Congress gave him a 60-day deadline that did not allow for a thorough review of the project.

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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. GOP leaders reveal few details of agenda

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House say they plan to support an effort to reduce the state's income tax, but offered few specifics on how such a tax cut might be enacted.

Flanked by more than a dozen GOP leaders, House Speaker Kris Steele on Tuesday outlined some of the over-arching principles of the Republican caucus, but said specific details would be released later.

Tulsa, OK – Okla. Marine killed during combat in Afghanistan

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Department of Defense says an Oklahoma Marine has been killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.

Officials said Tuesday Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman died Sunday in Helmand province. The 22-year-old Tulsa resident died along with 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Cochran of Wilder, Idaho.

Military officials didn't detail how the Marines were killed.

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa School Board okays a plan to move the Eisenhower International School.

It will be relocated to the closed Nimitz Middle School Site. Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard says the language immersion programs will be expanded.

The board also voted last night for a new charter school for North Tulsa and approved the sale of the Fulton Learning Academy.