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9:12 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Report: 1 Million Visitors to Oklahoma's National Parks

The Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City is one of three National Parks i the state.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma's national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million.

Oklahoma has three national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Sue Masica is the director of the NPS Intermountain Region, which includes Oklahoma. She says the report shows that parks tourism is an important factor in Oklahoma's economy.

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9:07 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Highway Patrol sees Spike in Number of Applicants

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says they have seen a significant increase in the number of applicants and officials attribute that to two bills that passed the Legislature.

Chief Ricky Adams tells The Oklahoman more than 800 candidates applied for the trooper academy— the most since 2006 — after the two bills passed. Before the bills went into effect, the department had fewer than 300 applications.

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9:04 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Oklahoma Movie, TV Legend James Garner Dies

James Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oklahoma born actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his Brentwood home Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Officers responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

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6:41 am
Sat July 19, 2014

3 Named to Oklahoma Capitol Repair Committee

portions are sealed off for safety
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.

Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

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6:38 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Firefighters helping in Western Wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters from Oklahoma are heading west to help battle wildfires.

Oklahoma Forestry Services has begun receiving orders to send help and five OFS firefighters have been sent to help fight fires in Oregon. Officials say additional orders from the National Interagency Coordination Center for more firefighters and equipment are expected.

OFS assistant director and Fire Management Chief Mark Goeller says recent rain across Oklahoma have reduced the fire danger and allows the agency to provide help in other states.

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6:36 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Couple Praises Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the decision Friday in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin.

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12:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Attorney Say Next Stop U.S. Supreme Court

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for Tulsa County's clerk says he disagrees with a federal appeals court that struck down Oklahoma's ban against same-sex marriage.

Byron Babione with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom said Friday that the people of Oklahoma confirmed their belief that every child deserves a mom and a dad when they approved a constitutional amendment affirming marriage as a man-woman union.

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12:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Head of Oklahoma Gay Rights Group Applauds Ruling

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The head of an organization that supports same-sex marriage rights is praising a federal appeals court's decision that struck down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision on Friday. The court panel put the ruling on hold pending further appeals.

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12:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tulsa man dies in wreck on Muskogee Turnpike

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 94-year-old Tulsa man has died after a wreck on the Muskogee Turnpike.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision happened early Friday about 3 miles east of Broken Arrow. According to a preliminary report, 94-year-old Paul Laughlin was driving west when he stopped his vehicle for unknown reasons in the right lane of traffic. According to the report, his vehicle was hit from behind by an oncoming vehicle.

The highway patrol says Laughlin was taken to a Tulsa hospital, where he later died.

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10:22 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Court Rules for Gay Marriage in Oklahoma Case

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled for the second time that states cannot prevent gay people from getting married.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday has found a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution. In a Utah case, the court ruled June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.

Lower courts struck down Utah and Oklahoma's voter-approved bans in December and January, respectively.

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