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8:02 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Oklahoma Health Officials Urge Birth Certificate Plan

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health is urging parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines by getting their children's birth certificates now as they prepare to get their kids back to school.

Health Department officials say many parents wait to obtain the birth certificates until August, which is typically the busiest time to obtain them. Parents can avoid the rush and by contacting facilities in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or McAlester to obtain their children's birth records.

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7:04 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Teen Killed, Others Injured in Mayes County Crash

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SPAVINAW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says one teenager was killed and two others were critically injured in a single-vehicle crash near Spavinaw in Mayes County.

An OHP report says a 15-year-old boy from Spavinaw died in the collision just about 1:15 a.m. Thursday. His name was not immediately released.

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12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Professor Featured in PBS Documentary

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A University of Central Oklahoma music professor's struggle with multiple sclerosis will be featured in a PBS documentary airing next week.

The documentary on Jim Klages, "Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS," airs July 8 on OETA.

The film tells the story of Klages — an accomplished musician and cornet soloist for the United States Marine Band— who was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush's inauguration in 1989.

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12:17 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

OKC to Promote 514 Students Who Failed Test

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 500 Oklahoma City third-graders who failed a state reading test will be promoted to fourth grade after receiving exemptions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced Tuesday that the exemptions were granted for various reasons, including learning disabilities, English as a second language or satisfactory performance on an alternate test.

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12:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Denied Access to Facility

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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — A Republican congressman from Oklahoma says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing hundreds of mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa says he was visiting the Army post on Tuesday when he approached the facility and was told by security that he was not allowed to enter.

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6:56 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tulsa Zoo Welcomes New Jaguar Cub

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 13-week jaguar cub is now on display at the Tulsa Zoo.

The zoo announced Tuesday that the cub is now on exhibit with its mom.

The cub, who goes by the name Seymour, was born March 26 and now weighs 24 pounds.

Jaguars are native to tropical rainforests in Mexico, Central American and South America. They are considered near threatened due to habitat loss.

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6:52 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tennessee Apologizes to Cherokees for Trail of Tears

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have apologized to the Cherokee Nation for actions taken by President Andrew Jackson that forced up to 16,000 Cherokees off Tennessee lands 175 years ago.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 553 at an event Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the Trail of Tears.

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6:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Health Care Board OKs Provider Rate Cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governing board of the agency that oversees the Medicaid program in Oklahoma has reduced reimbursement rates for doctors by nearly 8 percent as it grapples with a roughly $100 million hole in its budget.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board unanimously approved the 7.75 percent provider rate reduction Tuesday during a special meeting in Oklahoma City. Several pediatricians told the board the cuts would negatively affect health care for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.

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1:10 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Hearing on HUD Grants Set in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa's U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development community development committee is scheduled to host a public hearing next week.

The July 8 meeting at City Hall allows citizens to offer input on the city's affordable housing and community development needs, among other areas.

Officials say feedback received from the hearing will help the city to make decisions on future block grant programs, including Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

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1:08 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Oklahoma Republicans Urge Immigration Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of current and former Oklahoma Republican elected officials is urging Congress to pass an immigration reform measure this year, saying the current system isn't working for the state's business owners and farmers.

In a letter Tuesday to the state's five U.S. House members and two U.S. senators, the group says there is broad support among Republican voters to make significant changes to the country's immigration system.

Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House doesn't plan to take up immigration legislation this year.

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