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1:19 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

OU Plans to Turn to Flat-Rate Tuition

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma plans to turn to flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees for full-time undergraduate students carrying between 12 and 21 credit hours per semester.

The Norman Transcript reports Friday that, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents and the State Regents for Higher Education, flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees would go into effect in fall 2013.

The rate is to be based on OU's current 15-credit hour rate for tuition and mandatory fees. Under the flat-rate plan, students could enroll in up to 21 hours and pay for only 15.

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3:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Okla. Man Sentenced to 6 Months for Wyoming Threat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to serve six months in federal prison for making a threat to commit violence in Casper, Wyo.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats said the sentence was meted out Wednesday to 34-year-old Glenn Allen Kirkham. Kirkham pleaded guilty in March.

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2:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Okla. Health Dept. Investigating Rabies Exposure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health is investigating whether anyone who handled a rabid puppy that later died was exposed to the disease.

The health agency said Wednesday the Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppy was part of a litter of five or six 10-week-old puppies that were sold on June 9 at the Bivens Dog Trade in Sulphur. The puppies have black, brown and white markings.

Officials say one of the puppies developed symptoms of rabies on June 12 and subsequently died. Laboratory testing by the agency confirmed the presence of rabies.

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2:37 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Sammy Hagar to Join Tornado Relief Concert at OU

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is joining a star-studded country music concert planned to benefit victims of last month's deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Toby Keith announced Wednesday that Hagar and country music legends Mel Tillis and John Anderson would be joining his Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Other performers include Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson and Ronnie Dunn.

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2:14 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Judge Denies Request by Cherokee Candidate

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tulsa has rejected an attempt by a Cherokee Nation candidate to allow descendants of the tribe's freed slaves to vote in an election this weekend.

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern denied the bid Tuesday by Robin Mayes. Mayes is a candidate for an at-large tribal council spot.

In his four-page ruling, Kern says Mayes had not convinced the court that his claim could succeed.

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1:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Tulsa Mail Theft Trend Prompts Police Warning

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A rise in mail theft from unsecured mailboxes in the east Tulsa area has police officers warning business owners to take proper precautions.

Police officers will be hand-delivering fraud prevention letters in business complexes to remind owners to make sure the mail they send and receive is secure.

Some tips include promptly removing mail from boxes after delivery — especially if there are expected checks, credit cards, or other financial items inside.

Local & Regional
1:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Oklahoma AG Offers Mobile App for Tracking Inmates

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office is offering a new mobile app that victims of crime can use to track inmates.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday program is a free and anonymous service that allows Oklahomans to be notified about changes in the status of state jail and prison inmates.

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Local & Regional
2:08 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Okla. Appeals Court Rules Dashcam Videos Open

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  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that police dashboard camera videos are a public record subject to release under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

In a Friday ruling, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals overturned a decision by a Rogers County District Court judge that such videos were not a public record subject to disclosure.

The ruling was appealed by Vinita attorney Josh Lee — who often represents clients charged with alcohol and driving related criminal offenses.

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1:15 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

5 Charged with Looting After Moore Tornado

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against five people accused of looting in Moore after the deadly May 20 tornado.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says prosecutors are working with police to make sure all offenders face charges for taking items from the ruins of homes and businesses in Moore.

The Oklahoman reports that five people have been charged with the misdemeanor offense of disturbing a disaster area.

Local & Regional
1:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Ford to Delay Some Loan Payments for Storm Victims

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said customers affected by last week's tornadoes in Oklahoma will have the option to delay some payments on their car and truck loans.

The Michigan-based auto company says its disaster relief program allows qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments on their vehicle loans. Ford says those who are eligible for the program will be sent postcards with contact information.

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