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1:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More than 2,000 Bills Filed for 2015 Oklahoma Legislature

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider when they convene next month.

Thursday afternoon was the deadline for filing bills to be considered by the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature. Legislative officials say 1,219 bills and 26 joint resolutions were filed in the House. A total of 815 bills and 32 joint resolutions were filed in the state Senate by the deadline.

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7:59 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lankford to Chair Homeland Security Subcommittee

James Lankford
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Committee Chairman Ron Johnson named Lankford the chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The subcommittee oversees the management, efficiency and effectiveness of various federal agencies, including the effectiveness of national security methods.

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7:57 am
Fri January 23, 2015

No Charges Against Tulsa Clerk who Shot, Killed Robbers

The store is on 21st near Highway 169
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — No charges will be filed against a Tulsa convenience store clerk who shot and killed two armed men during an attempted robbery of the store.

Ryan's Convenience Store clerk Bradley Keeling shot and killed Kevin Dobbs and Brian Powell on Jan. 13 when they entered the store and attempted to rob it.

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12:12 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Oklahoma's 15th Multicounty Grand Jury is Empaneled

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state's 15th multicounty grand jury has been empaneled.

The new grand jury was empaneled on Wednesday at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. It will convene for its first session on Feb. 17 and will convene again on March 17. Further dates will be selected next month.

The multicounty grand jury was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in November.

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12:09 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Former Attorney General and Humane Society Sue Current AG Over Probe

Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is suing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt over an investigation into the organization's fundraising.

The head of the attorney general's Public Protection Unit calls the lawsuit unwarranted.

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8:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Abortion Foes Push New Bills in Congress and the States.

Credit State of Oklahoma

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several states that would further curtail women's access to the procedure.

On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and concerns in conjunction with Thursday's anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

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7:32 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Creek Nation to Present Early Map of Tulsa to City Leaders

File photo of Chief George Tiger
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Creek Nation is planning to present a rare, early map of the city of Tulsa to leaders later this week.

The map reflecting the early land ownership of the city will be presented Friday by Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger to Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

Tiger says Creek citizens were each allotted 160 acres of land, and those allotments covered the entire area of the city.

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11:58 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Jazz Hall Says It Has Made Arrangements to Pay Back Debts

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The head of the cash-strapped Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame says arrangements have been made to pay past-due bills for its workers' compensation premium and property insurance.

Executive Director Jason McIntosh says a check for about $11,200 for the workers' compensation premium should be wired Wednesday to State Farm Insurance and that more than $2,900 owed to Tulsa County for property insurance has been sent to the county.

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7:59 am
Wed January 21, 2015

New State Schools Superintendent Fires 3 More Employees

Joy Hofmeister
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three more of former Superintendent Janet Barresi's staff.

Hofmeister spokesman Phil Bacharach told The Oklahoman hat director of assessments Lisa Chandler; director of science, technology, engineering and math Jeff Downs; and Barresi's executive assistant, Liz Young, were fired.

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7:34 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma Deputies Seize nearly $5 Million Worth of Cocaine

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Central Oklahoma authorities say they seized a large amount of cocaine worth nearly $5 million during a traffic stop on Interstate 40.

The Canadian County sheriff's office says deputies pulled over a tractor-trailer carrying five vehicles after noticing the driver drift onto the shoulder several times on Sunday night.

Deputies searched the vehicles on the trailer and found more than 75 pounds of cocaine. They say they found the drugs in a false compartment built underneath the rear seats in one of the cars.

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