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7:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tulsa GOP Candidate Accused of Dodging Debates

Jim Bridenstine
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District is being knocked by his Democratic opponent for backing out of several chances to debate heading into the election.

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7:01 am
Wed October 17, 2012

170 West Nile Cases in Oklahoma, 11 Deaths Reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there have now been 170 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year and 11 deaths due to the disease.

The numbers were reported Tuesday by the department in its bi-weekly report. Oklahoma's previous yearly record of 107 West Nile cases and seven deaths set in 2007 was broken in early September.

Officials say the virus will remain a threat until the mosquitoes that carry the disease are neutralized by sub-freezing temperatures.

Local & Regional
8:10 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge Rejects GOP Request in Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

A Hobby Lobby craft store
File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge won't allow several Republican members of Congress to file a brief in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.'s lawsuit challenging a provision in the federal health care law requiring insurance coverage of the morning-after pill.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request Monday from more than a dozen Republicans who hoped to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the federal government.

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Local & Regional
8:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Oklahoma Lottery Raises $500 Million for Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lottery officials say the program has reached a milestone by raising more than $500 million for education in the state.

The lottery's executive director, Rollo Redburn, said Monday the lottery has contributed more than $500 million to state education since it was launched in 2005. A transfer of revenue on Oct. 9 pushed contributions over the $500 million mark.

Redburn says lottery workers and vendors are proud to support Oklahoma education.

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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Tulsa Courthouse Shooting Suspect Due in Court

Andrew Dennehy on the court house plaza
John Fancher/Tulsa Library

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 24-year-old man accused of opening fire outside a Tulsa courthouse is due in court this week.

Andrew Dennehy faces charges of shooting with intent to kill and firearms counts. He's due in court Wednesday.

Dennehy is accused in the March shooting that injured a sheriff's deputy and a bystander.

Dennehy's parents say their son is a paranoid schizophrenic who needs hospital treatment, not a maximum-security prison. Jurors in August found that Dennehy was mentally fit to face the charges.

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Local & Regional
12:41 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Oklahoma AG Delivers First Mortgage Settlement Check

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has presented the first homeowner check in connection with the state's $18.6 million settlement with the nation's largest lenders.

Pruitt presented a $20,000 check Monday to Zachary and Melissa Zuniga, who say they lost their home in Tulsa after they tried to participate in a mortgage modification program.

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Local & Regional
12:27 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Ex-Tennessee Official Accepts Oklahoma DHS Post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A retired Tennessee human services official has accepted the job of director of the embattled Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

DHS announced Monday that Edward Lake of Hendersonville, Tenn., has agreed to take the job that was offered to him last Wednesday.

Lake will start on Nov. 1 at an annual salary of $185,000.

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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Movie Filmed in Oklahoma Gets Distributor

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A movie filmed in and around Bartlesville has lined up a distributor.

The movie, "To the Wonder," is to be released in 2013. It stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams and was written by Terrance Malick.

Filming began in 2010 and the movie was first screened at the Venice Film Festival this year. It was also shown last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Oklahoman reports Magnolia Pictures is to distribute the film, which received incentives from the Oklahoma Film and Music Office.

Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Oklahoma AG to Reveal Homeowner Checks from Lenders

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt plans to announce the size of the first checks going to current and former homeowners in connection with the state's $18.6 million settlement with the nation's largest lenders.

Pruitt will provide details of the settlement on Monday. More than 300 mortgage-related complaints have been filed with Oklahoma's attorney general's office in connection with the settlement agreement.

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Election
8:48 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Oklahoma Parole Ballot Issue Drawing Opposition

The Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester
Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Opposition is mounting against a proposed amendment to Oklahoma's Constitution that would grant more authority to the state Pardon and Parole Board.

The measure is State Question 762 and will be decided by voters in the November 6th general election. It would remove the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders. Oklahoma is the only state in the nation that requires the governor sign off on every inmate parole recommendation, even those for nonviolent offenders.

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