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6:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

More Shaking

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GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded eight earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of just about 24 hours. One near Medford in Grant County was 3.9. It happened about 2:15 this morning.

They ranged from magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 and were centered in the Guthrie, Jones and Langston areas, 15 miles to 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS said the quakes were recorded between 7:57 p.m. Saturday and 9:51 a.m. Sunday. No injuries or damage were reported.

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6:53 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Common Core Repeal Faces Test at Oklahoma Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the Legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math is being scrutinized by Oklahoma's highest court just one month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.

Parents, teachers and four members of the Oklahoma Board of Education allege lawmakers violated the board's constitutional authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" when they repealed Common Core standards scheduled to go into effect in the upcoming school year.

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6:41 am
Mon July 14, 2014

OHP Trooper Investigated Over 'Adult' Photographs

File photo of Trooper Daniel Martin holds a paramedic by the neck
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BURNS FLAT, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was disciplined following a highly publicized altercation with a paramedic in 2009 is now under investigation for allegedly showing an inappropriate photo to another trooper during a recent Cadet Lawman academy in Burns Flat.

The OHP said Sunday that Trooper Daniel Martin allegedly showed "an inappropriate adult photo" to another trooper during the academy that is for high school students to learn more about the OHP.

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9:54 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Inmate's Death Ruled a Suicide

Inmate David Ernst
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a Creek County inmate was a suicide.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 53-year-old David Ernst, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter on June 12th, hanged himself five days later.

Ernst was found guilty in an August 2013 vehicular collision that killed four people.

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9:47 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Oklahoma Governor Releases NGA Initiative Report

Mary Fallin presents her final report to the National Governor's Association
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has released her initiative's final report as chair of the National Governors Association.

Fallin released the report, titled An Action Guide for Governors, on Saturday during the special session of NGA's 2014 Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

The yearlong initiative, called America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs, has focused on making significant improvements to education systems and workforce training programs and aligning those systems with the needs of business and labor markets.

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9:32 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Latest Immigration Firestorm Touches Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. Fort Sill is in his district
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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — As hundreds of immigrant children stay at a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton, some Oklahoma leaders say they are concerned a broad agreement on the nation's immigration policy won't be reached this year.

Oklahoma has become a temporary home for unaccompanied Central American children flowing into the country. The immediate crisis is prompting President Barack Obama to push for $3.7 billion in emergency funding, a request that has gotten a cool reception from Oklahoma's all-Republican delegation.

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9:30 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Congresswoman: Cut Foreign Aid to Pay for Children

A sign on the door to the girl's dorm at Fort Sill
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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from Tennessee says the U.S. should cut aid to countries that are home to thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally to pay for the cost of caring for them.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn made the comments Saturday after touring a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton where more than 1,100 of the children are housed. Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma also toured the facility.

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3:30 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

More Oklahoma Quakes

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  LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says at least four earthquakes have rattled central Oklahoma, including a 4.3-magnitude temblor near Langston. The earthquake struck shortly after noon Saturday about five miles southwest of Langston. Earlier, a 3.2-magnitude quake was recorded about 6:30 a.m. in about the same area near Langston. No damage or injuries were reported following either quake. The USGS says two other quakes were recorded Saturday near Guthrie. The first, a 2.9-magnitude quake, struck shortly before noon about five miles east of Guthrie.

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8:50 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Prevalence of Infectious Diseases Up in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Infectious diseases that used to be unknown in Oklahoma are becoming more prevalent.

The Oklahoma Department of Health says the state has already recorded its first case of West Nile virus this year, a disease that sickened 84 people last year and killed eight.

The first case of the chikungunya virus was recorded in the state this year, and a Delaware County man who was the first Oklahoma victim of the Heartland virus was the second person in the nation to die from the disease.

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8:45 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Langston: Historian, Parole Board Member Dies

Currie Ballard on C-span
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LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — City officials in Langston say noted historian and Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member Currie Ballard has died.

Langston Mayor Alicia Sumlin said the 56-year-old Ballard died Friday, but did not have any other details.

Ballard was a native of Los Angeles who received a bachelor's degree from Langston University and served as the school's historian-in-residence from 1993 to 2006.

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