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12:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Coburn Announces Plans for Town Hall Meetings

File photo of Senator Coburn at a Town Hall meeting is Broken Arrow.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term.

The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them.

Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004.

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10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Inmate on the Lam in Southern Oklahoma

DOC photo of Aaron Kelsey
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

The Greer County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of nearly 1,000 inmates.

No details about Kelsey's escape were immediately available Thursday morning. Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He was due for a parole hearing in July 2016.

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7:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oklahoma Board Votes Again to Delay Standards Plan

Janet Barresi
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma.

The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on the plan designed to seek input from subject matter experts, parents and teachers. State Superintendent Janet Barresi was the lone dissenting vote and raised concerns that the education groups wanted to "hijack this process."

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6:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

American Airlines to Pay First Dividend since 1980

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Credit American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980.

The company announced Thursday that shareholders will get a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share. American will also spend up to $1 billion to buy back shares, which raises the value of remaining shares.

American Airlines Group Inc. made the announcement as it reported net income of $864 million in the second quarter, up from $220 million a year earlier.

Excluding special charges, the profit was $1.5 billion, a quarterly record for American.

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3:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Legislator Doctor Wants Minors Quarantined

Credit State of Oklahoma

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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