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5:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

State Supreme Court OKs $120M Capitol Bond Issue

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld legislation authorizing a $120 million bond issue to renovate and repair Oklahoma's crumbling State Capitol building.

In a unanimous decision, the nine-member court handed down a decision Monday rejecting allegations that the bond legislation was an unconstitutional special law that should be struck down.

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12:27 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Sunday's Tornado Preliminary Rating is EF0

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ARCADIA, Okla. (AP) — A small tornado that touched ground briefly in Arcadia has been rated an EF-O by the National Weather Service in Norman.

Weather service meteorologist Marc Austin said Monday that the tornado caused no damage and appeared to have been on the ground for 30 seconds or less in the small town in the northeastern Oklahoma City metro.

The preliminary rating for the Sunday afternoon twister is the smallest given by the weather service and indicates wind speeds of 40-72 mph.

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7:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Survey finds Oklahomans Prefer Smokefree Bars and Nightclubs

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new survey of Oklahomans has found that 78.5 percent of the survey's respondents prefer smokefree bars and nightclubs.

Surveys were collected at 22 community events in 2014 to assess awareness of the health hazards posed by exposure to secondhand smoke and to gauge demand for smokefree bars and nightclubs in Oklahoma.

The survey sample 1,937 Oklahomans emphasized Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the two largest metropolitan areas in the state.

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6:53 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Key Deadline for Oklahoma Health Coverage Signups

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key deadline has arrived for thousands of uninsured Oklahomans who are seeking coverage under the federal health care law.

Monday marks the last day to purchase insurance plans through the federally operated health marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act for those who want benefits to begin with the new year. In Oklahoma, 69,221 people selected a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace plan between October 1st, 2013 and the end of a special enrollment period on April 19th.

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6:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Funnel Clouds Reported with Storms in Oklahoma

APACHE, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado developed in eastern Oklahoma County and another was spotted earlier near Apache as strong thunderstorms moved from southwestern through central Oklahoma.

A tornado near Lake Arcadia northeast of Oklahoma City about 5 p.m. Sunday was reported by the weather service in Norman to be weak. There are no reports of injury or damage. A funnel cloud was also seen about 2 p.m. near Apache in southern Caddo County.

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7:05 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Chairs of Oklahoma Senate Committees Named

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Bingman has announced the appointment of chairs and vice chairs to the Senate's 16 committees.

Each committee chair and 15 of the vice chairs are Republicans, as is Bingman. The GOP holds a 40-8 majority in the state Senate.

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7:02 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Suspected Killer Back in Custody

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DURANT, Okla. (AP) — A suspected killer who escaped a state prison is now back in custody.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie told the Lawton Constitution that 28-year-old Robert Long was recaptured Thursday night after being found on a train in Durant.

Long had disappeared from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester before a 10 p.m. head count on Tuesday. Massie says Long pushed a window screen out and walked away from the minimum-security facility where he was serving time for drug and weapons convictions.

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6:59 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Investigation Over, Power Cord Blamed for Fatal Fire

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — An old power cord is being blamed for a house fire that killed an 8-year-old girl in Catoosa.

Catoosa Fire Chief Denus Benton told that the fold cord started the fire that killed Lauren Creel early Friday morning. Investigators say the girl was trapped in a bedroom and unable to escape.

Her teenage sister and her mother were able to escape the flames and were hospitalized. Their conditions were not released.

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6:49 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Winners of Mobile App Competition

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The first phase of Oklahoma State University's Mobile App Competition is complete, and the winning ideas are "Drive to win!" and "Fitness Telematics."

The contest is sponsored by the OSU Mobile App Center along with AAA Oklahoma and CSAA Insurance Group. And the winners emphasize various mobile technologies that apply to insurance or "Insurance Telematics," the theme of this year's contest.

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6:46 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma State Star Tyreek Hill Arrested

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —Tyreek Hill's 92-yard punt return for a touchdown made him the hero of Oklahoma State's comeback victory over Oklahoma and earned him a spot on highlight shows nationwide.

Less than a week later, he was in jail after being arrested and charged with punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. On Friday, he was dismissed from the football and track teams.

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