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11:27 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma's Prison Homicide Rate Leads Nation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show Oklahoma has the highest rate of prison homicides in the nation, with state inmates killed at a rate more than three times the national average.

The figures reviewed by The Associated Press as part of a months-long investigation show 39 homicides at Oklahoma prisons between 2001 and 2012, a rate of 14 per 100,000 inmates. The second highest rate is Maryland with 11 homicides per 100,000. The national average is 4 per 100,000.

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9:11 am
Mon February 16, 2015

RSU-TV to Offer Channel Devoted to Native American Content

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A public television station in northeastern Oklahoma plans to access to a new digital broadcast channel devoted to Native American and indigenous content.

RSU-TV, a Claremore-based public television channel owned by Rogers State University, will offer FNX programming beginning on March 1. RSU becomes the 21st affiliate of the network, which will provide an outlet for area tribes to provide content to audiences across the country.

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9:02 am
Mon February 16, 2015

2 Earthquakes Shake Grant County in Northern Oklahoma

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — A pair of earthquakes has shaken parts of Grant County in northern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says each of Sunday's quakes was recorded near Medford about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City and less than 20 miles south of the Kansas state line.

The first temblor was recorded at 12:42 a.m. about 16 miles south-southeast of Medford. The 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at a depth of about one mile.

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8:57 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Snow Hampers Travel in Tulsa Metro

The I-44 and Broken Arrow Expressway enterchange
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The ice and snow made the morning commute slow and painful for many Green Country Residents.

City of Tulsa rolled out its sand-salt trucks about 7 p.m. last night. The focus was on the arterial streets for city crews.  The crews have 35-routes totaling more than 1,700 lane miles in Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is taking care of the expressway system.  Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat are highways with salt and sand, and caution drivers to be alert to these operations.

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7:30 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma Committee to Discuss Education Standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A trio of experts in education standards will deliver presentations to a steering committee responsible for helping develop new academic standards in Oklahoma.

The steering committee was formed after the Legislature repealed Common Core.

The Oklahoma Academic Standards Steering Committee will meet Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The meetings are open to the public and can be accessed online through a link at the Oklahoma State Department of Education website (www.sde.ok.gov ).

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3:19 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Winter Storm Warning For Tulsa Metro; Total Information Here

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Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our winter weather threat in Green Country.

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8:59 am
Sun February 15, 2015

2015 Cherokee Election Features Bitter Rivals of 2011 Race

Former Chief Chad Smith and Current Chief Bill John Baker
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The 2015 Cherokee Nation campaign for principal chief is picking up where the last one left off.

Although several candidates have declared they'll run, the attention is on two political veterans in the June 27th race: current Chief Bill John Baker and his predecessor, former Chief Chad Smith.

Their 2011 campaign was marked by several recounts that, at different times, showed each of them winning. Eventually, the tribe's Supreme Court ordered a new round of balloting and Baker prevailed.

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8:55 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Missouri Man Wins at Oklahoma Casino, Assaulted and Robbed at Home

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man finds out that winning big at a casino and leaving with a woman he met there don't always end up well.

The Joplin Globe reports a 29-year-old Joplin man won $1,200 Thursday at Downstream Casino, just across the Oklahoma border.

Police say he fell asleep on a couch in his home but was awakened by two men holding a knife to his throat and beating him with a baseball bat.

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8:52 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Governor Fallin Delivers Republican Radio Address

Mary Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has called on President Barack Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Fallin, a Republican, issued the call Saturday in the Republican response to the president's weekly radio address.

Both the U.S. House and Senate have approved completion of the pipeline and sent the bill to the president. However the White House has said it is awaiting a State Department review and Obama has threatened a veto.

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8:49 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Several Earthquakes Recorded in Northern Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Several earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports five quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 3.7 were recorded Saturday in an area between Medford and Cherokee. The epicenters were located from about 20 to about 35 miles north of Enid.

Sheriff's offices in Grant and Alfalfa counties say there are no reports of damage or injury.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are general the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage isn't likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0

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