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6:59 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Blue Bell to Now Inform States of Positive Listeria Tests

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HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

The requirement comes after the company based in Brenham, Texas failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

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6:57 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Oklahoma Legislative Panels Pass Bond Plans for 2 Museums

Ok-Pop would be in the Brady Arts District.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Separate $25 million bond proposals have been approved by Oklahoma legislative committees to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City and build the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 26-16 Thursday for the plan to complete the American Indian museum. The incomplete structure is on 67 acres along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

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6:53 am
Fri May 15, 2015

A Country-Club Stand-Off Comes to an End

Entrance to Forest Ridge, east of Broken Arrow
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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An armed carjacking suspect is in custody after a standoff with police near a suburban Tulsa golf course.

Police say the standoff began Thursday afternoon after a man ran into a building near the Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow following an attempted carjacking in Wagoner County with two other suspects. The suspects ran in separate directions as police arrived.

Broken Arrow Police Sergeant Thomas Cooper told reporters that one suspect ran into the building near the course and barricaded himself inside.

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11:24 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Bob Gilliland Named Chairman of Oklahoma Worker's Commission

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has named Bob Gilliland of Oklahoma City as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission.

Gilliland was appointed in 2013 as one of the three initial members on the commission. He takes over as chairman on June 1.

The commission's first chairman, Troy Wilson, announced his resignation last month and his last day is May 31. He will then serve as a special commissioner until Aug. 31 and will hear cases when a commission member is disqualified because of a conflict.

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11:21 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Oklahoma GOP Executive Director Asked to Step Down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The executive director of the Oklahoma Republican Party has been asked to step down three years after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor offenses related to domestic abuse.

The Oklahoman reports party Chairman Randy Brogdon said Wednesday that he asked Thomas Clint Ryan to step down and assume the position of political director after party members expressed concern about Ryan's appointment.

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6:53 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Oklahoma House Committee Approves $25 Million Plan to Finish Museum

The moth balled Indian Cultural Museum in OKC
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $25 million plan to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has passed its first legislative hurdle.

Without debate, the House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 21-5 Wednesday to send the plan to the full House for a vote.

The bill by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview would authorize $25 million in bonds to finish the museum, which is situated on 67 acres along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

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6:51 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Lawmakers Say they Didn't Know Azerbaijan Paid for 2013 Trip

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House lawmakers say they had no idea that a 2013 congressional trip to Azerbaijan  was paid for by that country's government.

Aides to Reps. Ted Poe and Ruben Hinojosa of Texas, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Leonard Lance of New Jersey say lawmakers got approval for the May 2013 trip from the House Ethics committee.

Two Houston-based nonprofit corporations told the committee they were sponsoring the conference in the capital city of Baku, near the Caspian Sea.

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11:40 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Oklahoma Army National Guard Aids Cattle Stranded by Flood

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopter crew has helped about 80 head of cattle stranded due to flood waters.

According to a news release, the cattle, which are located on land near the town of Bowlegs, became stranded May 7 after heavy rains flooded a river and forced them to higher ground. The National Guard dropped about 12 round bales of hay and 12 50-pound bags of feed to the cattle Tuesday afternoon. The cattle had eaten all available vegetation within a few days.

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11:34 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Chelsea Backs Official Involved with DUI Traffic Stop

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CHELSEA, Okla. (AP) — An assistant police chief in Oklahoma says his town board has pitted officers against administrators by voting to retain a top official who he says tried to pressure a rookie officer into letting an area businessman go during a traffic stop.

The Chelsea Town Board voted 3-1 Tuesday to keep Town Administrator Kenny Weast after reviewing a dashboard recording of the DUI arrest.

Chelsea Police Assistant Chief Travis Hogan says Weast intervened during the March 3 traffic stop. He says the officer refused to let Weast take businessman Brian Haggard home.

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7:44 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Cherokee Language now Available on Google Android Devices

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee language has gone digital.

The language of the Oklahoma-based tribe is now available for download on more than 20 Android devices, making the language more accessible to millions of Google smartphone and tablet users. The Cherokee language is also available on Apple and Microsoft products.

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