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5:56 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Lottery Officials Seek Latest Oklahoma Millionaire

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lottery officials say they're looking for the state's latest millionaire who purchased a $2 million winning Powerball ticket at a store in east Norman.

Lottery officials say the ticket for Wednesday night's drawing was bought at the B&B Country Store on east Alameda in Norman.

The winning ticket correctly matched all five white ball numbers, which were 5, 8, 20, 23, and 30. Because the customer purchased the Powerplay option the $1 million prize was doubled for a $2 million winning ticket.

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5:45 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Hobby Lobby Request to Block Health Law Denied

a Hobby Lobby Store
Credit Hobby Lobby

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby's request to block a portion of the federal health care law that requires the company provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied the arts-and-crafts company's request for an injunction while it appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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5:40 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Oklahoma Leaders Announce School Security Panel

Lt-Governor Todd Lamb from yesterday's news conference.
Credit KWGS News/Oklahoma House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislative leaders say they will create a panel of experts on school security to make recommendations to the Legislature on how to improve school safety.

Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb and leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate held a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol to announce the formation of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security.

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Local & Regional
1:03 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Sandy Hook: Oklahoma's Response

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has declared Friday as a day of remembrance in Oklahoma for the victims of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

Fallin issued a proclamation asking Oklahomans to observe the day of remembrance with a moment of silence, reflection or prayer.

Twenty students and six adults were killed last week at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Fallin is also asking Oklahomans to wear green — the Sandy Hook school color — in remembrance of those killed.

Local & Regional
10:48 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Fallin to Have $7 Billion for Budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel of Oklahoma's elected officials is expected to certify about $7 billion in available revenue for Gov. Mary Fallin to use while building her budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The State Board of Equalization meets Thursday at the state Capitol and is expected to approve an early revenue estimate that shows the governor will have about $214 million more than last year to include in her budget.

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10:44 am
Thu December 20, 2012

State Recommended to Pay $7 Million in DHS Case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal magistrate in Tulsa is recommending that the state pay $7 million in legal fees in a lawsuit that led to reforms in Oklahoma's child-welfare system.

U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy said Wednesday that the lawyers representing Children's Rights should receive $5.5 million in attorneys' fees and another $1.5 million in expenses and travel costs.

The plaintiffs' attorneys had sought $9.5 million, while attorneys representing the Oklahoma Department of Human Services argued that $2.6 million to $3.7 million was more appropriate.

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8:02 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Tulsa Man Dies While Seeking Shelter from Cold

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man is dead after he apparently fell down an elevator shaft in a vacant building.

Police say two men were taking shelter from cold weather Thursday in the former Abundant Life building in downtown Tulsa. Police say the second man called 911 from a nearby convenience store after the incident.

Emergency crews are working to remove the body from the building, which has been vacant for about a decade. Authorities say the building contains asbestos so crews are taking safety precautions.

Local & Regional
7:58 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Planned Parenthood Seeks Injunction in Court

Credit Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear a request for an injunction against plans by the Oklahoma Department of Health to end contracts at three Planned Parenthood clinics in the Tulsa area.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday before U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot. The injunction is sought in a lawsuit filed last month by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland against Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline.

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7:10 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Update: Devon Walker

Devon Walker was hurt during a game at TU
Credit Tulane University

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees says he's impressed by the upbeat outlook of seriously injury Tulane safety Devon Walker and was pleased to be able to visit with him recently.

Brees and several Saints teammates visited Walker at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta on November 29th, which was the Tulane player's birthday, but the visit was not publicized by Tulane or the Saints until this week.

Walker fractured his spine in a game at Tulsa on September 8th. He has not been able to walk since.

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7:01 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Ex-Superintendent, Windstream Make Deal with State

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Broken Arrow schools superintendent and Windstream Corporation have reached an agreement with prosecutors and they won't be pursued on bribery and conspiracy charges.

The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office on Wednesday agreed to dismiss charges and defer prosecution against Jim Sisney and the Little Rock-based data and communications company.

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