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6:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Few Oklahoma Wrongful Convictions Receive Payment

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Few Oklahomans wrongfully convicted of a crime receive compensation after their convictions are overturned due to evidence indicating innocence.

The Tulsa World reports that just six out of 28 Oklahomans listed on the National Exoneration Registry collected any money for their years spent in prison. They served an average of nine years in prison, with half serving a decade or more.

Of those 28 cases, 11 people were freed after DNA tests showed they were innocent.

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6:51 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New 10 Commandments Monument Being Built

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican legislator whose family paid $10,000 for a Ten Commandments monument at the center of lawsuit says he has ordered a new one after someone drove a car across the statehouse lawn and smashed it into pieces.

State Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow says he has ordered an identical Ten Commandments monument that is under construction. Like the first one, he says it will be built entirely with private money and that a fundraiser is ongoing.

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8:49 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Democrats Call for Budget Rewrite after Opinions

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma House says this year's state-appropriated budget needs to be rewritten in light of recent opinions from the attorney general that the Legislature's decision to tap certain state accounts violated of the Oklahoma Constitution.

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8:48 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2 Billion Each Year

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A trade association says wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.

The Oklahoman reports that the American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity.

The pool operates the electric grid and plans transmission for 6.2 million households in parts of nine states.

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8:44 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Oklahoma Jury Recommends Life in woman's Death

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury in Tulsa County has recommended that a Tulsa man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his 78-year-old grandmother serve a life prison sentence with the possibility of parole.

The Tulsa World reports that Antione Jermaine Jackson was found guilty on Friday of killing Arlevia Jackson in her house on January 29th, 2013. District Judge William Musseman scheduled formal sentencing for December 22nd.

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9:30 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Thousands to Benefit from Immigration Action

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Thousands of immigrants living illegally in Oklahoma could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from being deported.

The action was hailed by Oklahoma human rights groups and criticized by Republican lawmakers, who called it an overreach of powers.

The Tulsa-based Dream Act Oklahoma estimated Friday that at least 6,000 residents could benefit from the president's order.

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9:24 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Students Protest School Response to Rape Claims

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Administrators and faculty at an Oklahoma high school are preparing for a protest by students upset with the handling of rape allegations.

Scott Beck, principal of Norman High School, said in a letter to parents that sexual assault victims' advocates were organizing the Monday protest after an alleged rape involving two students that occurred off campus two months ago.

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9:09 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Ex-US Navy Administrator Sentenced for Hacking

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The second leader of a computer hacking group has been sentenced to two years in a federal prison.

Federal officials say 27-year-old Nicholas Paul Knight of Chantilly, Virginia was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. A co-defendant, 20-year-old Daniel Krueger of Dix, Illinois was sentenced to two years in prison last month.

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9:07 am
Sat November 22, 2014

2 Convenience Store Owners Sentenced to Prison

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two convenience store owners have been sentenced to federal prison for distributing more than 127 kilograms of synthetic cannabinoids.

U.S. Attorney Danny Williams says 37-year-old Gaurav Sehgal of Grove and 37-year-old Iqbal Makkar of Bentonville, Arkansas were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. Williams says Sehgal was sentenced to seven years in prison and Makkar to about eight.

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12:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma US Attorney Collects $3.2 Million

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma collected more than $3.2 million in criminal and civil fines in the federal fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

U.S. Attorney Mark Green said Friday that his office collected $417,196 in criminal actions for the year and more than $2.8 million in civil actions.

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