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11:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Museum to Consult with Native Americans

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's state museum has agreed to consult with Native American tribes after the museum closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre over complaints from descendants of the slaughter's survivors that they weren't consulted about the display.

The consultations, which will begin Tuesday, will include Colorado officials, History Colorado museum officials, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma Tribes.

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11:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Moore Approves New Residential Building Code

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — City leaders in Moore have approved new residential building codes requiring new homes to be built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph.

Officials say Moore is believed to be the first U.S. city to adopt building codes aimed at making homes more resistant to damage caused by tornadoes. The building standard now used requires homes to withstand winds of up to 90 mph.

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11:47 am
Fri March 14, 2014

AAA Oklahoma to Offer Tipsy Tow for St. Patrick's

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the agency will provide the "Tipsy Tow" to drinkers during the weekend before St. Patrick's Day.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. Sunday until 4 a.m. Tuesday in metro Tulsa and Oklahoma City and in Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Shawnee and Tahlequah.

The service is offered with no questions asked to both AAA members and non-members. AAA will give a driver and up to one more person, and the car ,a free ride home within a 15-mile radius from the point of pick-up anytime during the 34-hour period.

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11:33 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Meeting Set on Improving Juvenile Justice in Oklahoma

Credit he Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy Facebook

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is to host a forum next week on how to improve the state's juvenile justice system.

The forum is scheduled for March 21 at Youth Services of Tulsa. A panel of experts will discuss the current state of the juvenile justice system and ways to improve conditions for Oklahoma's youth.

Event organizers say Oklahoma continually lags behind the rest of the nation in how it raises its children.

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Local & Regional
12:16 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House Passes Constitutional Convention Bill

Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has adopted a resolution that asks voters to decide whether to call a constitutional convention to consider possible changes to Oklahoma's Constitution.

The resolution by Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City was approved without debate Wednesday on a 72-4 vote. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

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12:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

High Female Lockup Rate Targeted in Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to target Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation female incarceration rate with a prison diversion pilot program in Tulsa has unanimously passed the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday for the bill by Republican Sen. Kim David of Porter that targets women convicted of drug or other nonviolent crimes. David says female offenders first must enter a plea of guilty, which a judge can withhold and waive if the woman completes the 12-to-18-month program.

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11:23 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Senate OKs Strict New Abortion Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would impose strict new state regulations and requirements for abortion providers in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

With little discussion and no debate, the Senate voted 34-8 on Wednesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. Greg Treat. The measure now heads to the House, which has supported most anti-abortion legislation.

The bill requires the state Board of Health to develop a list of standards for facilities, supplies, equipment and personnel that abortion providers must maintain at all times.

Local & Regional
11:36 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Whitesboro Deaths Ruled Double Homicide-Suicide

LeFlore County sheriff's vehicle.
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WHITESBORO, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say three people found dead after an eastern Oklahoma house fire died as a result of a double murder-suicide.

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale says the March 3 fire in Whitesboro was intentionally set by 30-year-old Jacob Custard. The sheriff says Custard killed his mother and stepfather before setting the house on fire then shooting himself.

Seale says authorities may not be able to pinpoint a cause of death for 57-year-old Edith Custard and 80-year-old Lawrence Schlienz because their bodies were badly burned in the blaze.

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11:32 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Bob Wills Day at Capitol Set for March 19

A Bob Wills vinyl recording.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The halls of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be filling with the sound of music next week in honor of Bob Wills.

March 19 marks the annual Bob Wills Day of celebration at the capitol. Fiddlers and other musicians will perform in the morning at the House Chamber and again in the afternoon in the fourth floor rotunda.

Wills was born in Texas in 1905 and is considered the co-founder of Western swing.

Bob Wills helped bring notoriety to Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom. That's where Wills and the Texas Playboys broadcast their performances from in 1934.

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11:22 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Bill Boosts Reimbursement for Trooper Equipment

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would have their equipment allowance doubled for things like uniforms and practice ammunition under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 84-3 for the bill on Monday that would boost the amount from $150 to $300 a month. It would also increase the equipment allowance for cadets from $100 to $200 per month.

The House author of the bill, Rep. Steve Vaughn, says the measure is among several to help increase pay for troopers.

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