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3:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Legislator Doctor Wants Minors Quarantined

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature says state officials are ignoring his request that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined.

Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow said Tuesday he's received no response from Gov. Mary Fallin, Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Commissioner of Health Terry Cline to a letter Ritze sent them last week requesting the quarantined.

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12:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

AG Says Health Care Ruling Bolsters Case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general says a decision by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., against a provision of the federal health care law bolsters the state's lawsuit that challenges a similar provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 decision on Tuesday that the law authorizes health care subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states — not by the federal government.

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11:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

EPA Awards $11M-plus to Oklahoma for Water Quality

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $11 million to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

The grant is part of the federal agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure.

The OWRB will distribute the $11.3 million as low-interest loans to a variety of recipients, including cities and rural water districts.

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11:04 am
Tue July 22, 2014

UCO Among 'Great' to Work for

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Chronicle of Higher Education has named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the "2014 Great Colleges to Work For."

The Edmond-based school was the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list. This is the sixth time in the past seven years the university has been named to the list.

Central was also among a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the "Honor Roll" for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.         

Local & Regional
9:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Sentencing Delayed for Oklahoma Tea Party Leader

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Formal sentencing for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions has been delayed.

Al Gerhart was set to be sentenced Tuesday by Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott, but the sentencing date was delayed until Aug. 19.

Gerhart was convicted in May after sending a politically charged email to a state senator who testified he felt threatened by the email's tone.

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9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Man Ordered to Stand Trial in Shooting Death

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A Lawton man accused of a fatal shooting outside a bar has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.

The Lawton Constitution reports that Special District Judge Ken Harris ruled Monday there was enough evidence for Bryan Dutton to stand trial on the murder count.

Dutton is accused of shooting 35-year-old Sam Ruffin three times outside the Dew Drop Inn on April 19.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Cold Case Reopened in Rogers County

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TIAWAH, Okla. (AP) — The Rogers County Sheriff's Office has reopened a case involving a woman who disappeared nearly two decades ago.

The Claremore Daily Progress reports that Tiawah-area resident Dione Fox was declared missing when she failed to attend a scheduled court appearance in 1996. Authorities in Noel, Missouri, discovered Fox's abandoned car eight months after she went missing. Fox was 23 when she went missing.

Jerry Smittle with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office says investigators are searching for Fox's remains in the Tiawah area.

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11:24 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Arraignment Set for Man Charged in Teen's Death

ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) — A formal arraignment is scheduled for an Oklahoma man charged in the death of a Weatherford teenager.

Tucker McGee is due in court Monday afternoon for an arraignment on first-degree murder charges in the death of JaRay Wilson. The 16-year-old disappeared in 2012 and her body was found last December in a shallow grave.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Custer County alleges McGee shot Wilson with a .22 caliber pistol, and an autopsy found that Wilson died from two gunshot wounds to the head.

Local & Regional
10:59 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Activity Association Spent $316K on Legal Fees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association spent nearly 6 percent of its budget last fiscal year on legal fees, but officials say they expect that number to drop this year.

According to The Oklahoman, the association spent more than $316,000 on legal fees last fiscal year. But Executive Director Ed Sheakley says he expects a decrease, thanks to a rule change that allows a student to choose a high school regardless of where the student's family lives.

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10:54 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Scorching Heat in Forecast for Much of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says hot temperatures are headed back to Oklahoma this week.

An excessive heat watch will go into effect for Tulsa County from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Forecasters say a ridge of high pressure will expand over the region early this week, allowing temperatures to hit at or near 100 degrees.

Forecasters say high humidity levels will make it feel even hotter, with heat index values reaching 105 degrees to 110 degrees throughout much of the state.

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