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11:46 am
Mon August 5, 2013

6 Plead Guilty in Building of Choctaw Casino Case

The U.S. Court House at Muskogee
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in Muskogee says six people have pleaded guilty after two bribery investigations revealed alleged corruption involving construction of a casino for the Choctaw Nation in Durant.

A statement issued by the office Monday says Lauri Parsons and her husband, Brent Parsons, Cordell Bugg, James Stewart, and Mark Eshenroder were indicted on conspiracy to commit theft or bribery charges.

Allen Franklin, project manager for the tribe, was accused of conspiracy to commit theft or bribery.

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11:45 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Southwestern Oklahoma Center Named for Pioneer Cellular

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus at Weatherford.
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WEATHREFORD, Okla. (AP) — A new event center on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University will be named the Pioneer Cellular Event Center.

Pioneer Cellular says a joint venture with Southwestern Oklahoma and the city of Weatherford gives the company exclusive naming rights.

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11:43 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Officals Search for Escaped Inmate in Adair County

The Adair County Court House
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Adair County authorities are searching for a convicted killer who escaped from the county jail with another inmate.

Sheriff David Hardin says inmates Carlos Locust and Michael Pack overpowered a jailer around 10:30 p.m. Sunday and escaped. The jailer suffered minor injuries.

Television station KTUL reports that Pack was recaptured about four hours later and taken back into custody. But authorities say Locust remains at large.

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1:22 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Highway Patrol Breaking Ground on Headquarters

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a new headquarters for Troop K.

The $1.2 million project is expected to be completed in July 2014. The 4,000-square-foot building will be equipped with classrooms and other equipment for law enforcement training.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. at 2609 West U.S. Highway 77.

Local & Regional
1:11 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Oklahoma Tribe Fear Losing Access to Mountain

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is pushing back against a rock crushing company that the tribe says will soon start mining gravel out of a mountain long considered sacred by tribal members.

The Kiowa Tribe has gathered cedar and performed ceremonies on the Longhorn Mountain since the tribe was relocated from the northern Plains to a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma in 1867. But the Kiowas' long-standing tradition could be in jeopardy after the tribe says some of the mountain's land owners leased water and land rights to a Cushing-based mining company.

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10:24 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Oklahoma Attorney General Announces Energy Boss to Head Campaign

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the founder, chairman and CEO of Oklahoma-based energy giant Continental Resources will serve as honorary chairman of his 2014 re-election campaign.

Pruitt announced Monday that Harold Hamm would serve in the position.

Pruitt described Hamm as a "dedicated businessman, visionary, and icon here in Oklahoma."

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10:57 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Oklahoma State-Owned Company Secures $1.1M in Funding

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A company owned by Oklahoma State University says it has secured $1.1 million in investment funding for work on arsenic removal technology that can be used in the real world.

The for-profit company, Cowboy Technologies, LLC, announced it closed on the funding for work at Associated Material Processing, a company with products that can remove arsenic from water systems.

AMP has already developed arsenic adsorption products for use in the semiconductor industry and drinking water treatment.

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1:02 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Oklahoma Innocence Project Eyes Old Ada Homicide Case

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Innocence Project is working to overturn the conviction of a man imprisoned for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of convenience store clerk in Ada.

The Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University's School of Law announced Wednesday its plan to file an application for post-conviction relief in the case of 48-year-old Karl Fontenot, one of two men initially sentenced to die for the 1984 killing of Donna Haraway. It is the first case the project has sought to overturn since it was created in 2011.

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12:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Review of Oklahoma Haze Rule

The OG&E plant at Muskogee
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma utility company's attempt to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency regional haze rule regarding emissions at two coal-fired power plants has been rejected by a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Friday against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s challenge. The court says the EPA has authority to review the state's plan to reduce haze in the state and lawfully implemented its own plan to limit sulfur dioxide emissions.

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12:22 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Named Chair of National Association

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has been named chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.

The first-term Republican has been serving as the chair-elect of the organization since last year and was formally named chairman Friday while the NLGA is meeting for its annual meeting in Oklahoma City.

Lamb replaces outgoing chair Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts of Rhode Island.

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