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6:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

2 States Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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3:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

4 More Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health is reporting four more deaths due to influenza in the state.

The department said Thursday that six people have now died as a result of the flu during the season that began Sept. 28. Each person who died was 65-years-old or older.

Two of the deaths were reported in Garfield County and one each in Carter, Oklahoma, Payne, and Stephens counties.

Nearly 140 people have also been hospitalized due to the flu.

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2:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cherokee Nation Opens Tag Office Near Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has opened a tag office in Tulsa as it makes its license plates available to its citizens across Oklahoma.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker says demand is up for Cherokee Nation license plates, so it was necessary to open a Tulsa office so it can deliver tags in a timely manner.

The tag office opened Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It joins five others — at Adair, Collinsville, Jay, Sallisaw and Tahlequah. The new office is in the Cherokee Nation Welcome Center off  of I-44 at 161st East Avenue

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8:57 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hearing for Ex-Tulsa Police Officer in Shooting

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer charged with killing his daughter's boyfriend is due back in court.

Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tulsa County District Court for 54-year-old Shannon Kepler.

Kepler is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Kepler has pleaded not guilty.

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7:04 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma Receives $2 Million Grant for Health Care

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma has received a $2 million dollar grant to improve the quality and affordability of health care.

The state had applied for the State Innovation Model grant in July.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, the state will begin a 12-month project to design a model that will improve health system performance, increase quality of care and decrease costs of health care.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services and Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline says the focus will be on community health systems.

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12:58 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Doctor Says Oklahoma Inmate Suffered in Execution

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution says he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.

A pathologist hired by the inmate's lawyer told a federal judge Wednesday that recently released witness statements corroborate his belief that Clayton Lockett was conscious when given drugs to stop his heart and breathing. A witness for the state said it didn't appear Lockett was uncomfortable or suffering.

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7:05 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Gasoline Prices Continue to Plunge in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gasoline prices have fallen in Oklahoma — again.

AAA Oklahoma says the state average price for regular gasoline has now dropped for 48 straight days and was $2.27 per gallon on Tuesday. That's the second-lowest state average in the U.S. and the least expensive Oklahoma price since October 2009.

Oklahoma City has a handful of stations with regular gas selling for less than $1.90 per gallon. And Tulsa has seen many stations drop to $1.99 overnight. The national average, now at $2.53, has been plummeting for 82 consecutive days.

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6:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Court: Governor Can Withhold Details from Public

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's highest court says Oklahoma governors have a privilege to protect confidential advice from top officials while deliberating policy and making executive decisions.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court said in a ruling released Tuesday the governor has a unique executive privilege that can't be encroached by the Legislature.

The decision was handed down Tuesday in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma on behalf of the owners of a satirical website that pokes fun at Gov. Mary Fallin and other public officials.

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6:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tulsa Educare Awarded Almost $3 Million in Grants

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa-based early childhood education program is among several groups in Oklahoma that have been awarded federal grants to improve the quality of services to infants, toddlers and their families.

Almost $10 million in grants was awarded to Tulsa Educare, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency and Sunbeam Family Services, which is the grantee for Oklahoma City Educare.

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1:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

USGS: High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Declining

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Oklahoma and seven other states.

The USGS has released a report on changes in groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala Aquifer. USGS scientist Virginia McGuire says measurements between 2011 and 2013 represent a large decline in groundwater levels and are likely due to increased groundwater pumping.

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