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1:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

OKC Receives $50,000 Grant for Public Art Plans

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $50,000 grant for Oklahoma City's comprehensive public art master plan.

The grant was announced Wednesday and will be used to hire a consultant to develop a plan to support the city's public arts initiative.

The city commissioned a cultural plan from the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma in 2009. The plan was completed in 2010 and includes a recommendation for a comprehensive public art master plan.

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10:55 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Coffee Picked as General Counsel for State Chamber

Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee has been named the new general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

The chamber said Wednesday that Coffee's legal and legislative background make him a good fit for the position. As general counsel, he will provide legal advice for the chamber and serve as a member of its board of directors.

The group lobbies for pro-business reforms and initiatives throughout the state.

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Local & Regional
11:27 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Governor Fallin Names 2 New Secretaries, Changes Cabinet

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed two new officials to her cabinet and restructured the posts to add a tourism position and consolidate two others.

Fallin on Tuesday named Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Director Robert Sommers to the newly created cabinet position of Secretary of Education and Workforce Development.

The governor also appointed the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's Executive Director Deby Snodgrass to the new position of Secretary of Tourism.

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10:52 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Hearing Continues for Pair Accused of Killing 4

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has resumed for two brothers accused of tying up and fatally shooting four women in a Tulsa apartment.

During Tuesday morning's proceedings, a friend of James Poore and Cedric Poore testified that he overheard one of the brothers talking about planning a robbery on Jan. 7. On that same day, authorities discovered the bodies of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.

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11:22 am
Mon July 15, 2013

OKC Police Identify Victims in Quadruple Shooting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have identified the victims of a quadruple shooting in which one person was killed and three others were injured.

Police say the shooting happened late Saturday in northeast Oklahoma City. According to police, several people exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of an Oklahoma City bar.

Police say 42-year-old Kevin Miller of Antlers was struck by gunfire and died at a nearby hospital. Wounded in the shooting were 22-year-old Aaron Wayne Brown, 41-year-old Joe Brown and 33-year-old Michael Hogue, all of Oklahoma City.

Local & Regional
1:42 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Former Owasso City Official Pleads Not Guilty

Rodney Ray
Credit City of Owasso-Facebook

The former Owasso City Manager makes a court appearance today. In a Tulsa courtroom, Rodney Ray pleaded not guilty to a bogus check charge.

He's charged with writing a bad check and then filing a false police report about it.

Ray resigned in June following an investigation by the Owasso City Council into the matter.

Following the hearing, Rodney Ray and his attorney declined comment. His next court appearance is set August 30.

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12:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Oklahoma Officials Seek End to Syrian Involvement

Paul Wesselhoft
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bipartisan group of legislators and other community activists are seeking an end to the United States' involvement in the conflict in Syria and are planning a rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.

Moore Republican Rep. Paul Wesselhoft joined with several other activists Wednesday to denounce the nation's growing involvement in the Syrian conflict. Wesselhoft served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army and said any U.S. involvement in arming opposition rebels in Syria is a "grave error."

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11:39 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Tax Credits for Oil, Gas Drilling Cost State $321 Million

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma finance officials say major tax breaks handed out to the oil and gas industry during the economic downturn in 2010 cost the state $321 million last fiscal year.

Secretary of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) released figures Wednesday that show tax rebates and refunds for drilling totaled $173 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, while state tax credits cost an additional $148 million.

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11:11 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Oklahoma AG Seeks New Hearing on Voided Death Penalty

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seeking a new hearing before a federal appeals court that overturned a man's murder convictions and death sentences.

The court ruled the slayings occurred in Indian Country and the state lacked the authority to prosecute. Pruitt's office is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal to reconsider the decision it handed down last month.

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10:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Feds Accuse OG&E of Violating Clean Air Act

The OG&E plant at Muskogee
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The federal government has filed suit against Oklahoma Gas & Electric, alleging that the utility violated the Clean Air Act at its power plants in Muskogee and Sooner.

The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that OG&E increased the output of its coal-fired units without installing effective pollution controls.

At issue are renovations done to the Muskogee and Sooner plants between 2003 and 2006.

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