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11:26 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Secretary of State Coffee Says He Plans to Resign

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Secretary of State Glenn Coffee says he's stepping down to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Coffee announced his decision Friday, describing his two years in the cabinet-level position as a "dream come true."

The first-ever Republican Senate President Pro Tem, Coffee has been secretary of state since January 2011 after he was forced from his state Senate seat because of term limits.

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7:01 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Agreement Boosts Access for American Indian Vets

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American military veterans will be able to access health care closer to home thanks to an agreement between the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

The agreement allows for Veterans Affairs to reimburse IHS for direct health care services provided to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native veterans.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius first announced plans for the new partnership during Wednesday's tribal summit.

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6:59 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Change of Venue Requested in Sweat Trial

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OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man charged in the deaths of two young girls wants his murder trial in the unrelated death of his girlfriend to be moved out of Okfuskee County.

Twenty-six-year-old Kevin Sweat has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2011 slaying of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Ashley Taylor. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

Sweat's lawyers on Tuesday filed paperwork asking the court to move the trial to another county. Jury selection in the case is set to begin June 10th.

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6:56 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Fallin Says Fiscal Cliff Complicates Oklahoma Budget

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Fallin says fiscal cliff complicates Okla. budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Republican Governor Mary Fallin says uncertainty over whether federal leaders will resolve the fiscal cliff is complicating her efforts to prepare an executive budget for the upcoming year.

Fallin said Thursday her office is putting together a state budget for the 2014 fiscal year that begins July 1st, but she says it's challenging without knowing whether the fiscal cliff's deep spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in early 2013.

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11:48 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Economist Projects Job Growth in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma State University economist is projecting job growth in Oklahoma next year and says the state will "bounce back" from recent economic struggles.

Economist Dan Rickman said Wednesday during the 2013 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference in Oklahoma City that he projects about 26,000 new jobs in the state's workforce next year. He says the majority of the jobs will be in professional and business services and in construction.

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7:42 am
Thu December 6, 2012

1 Killed, 5 Hurt in Crash on Muskogee Turnpike

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a crash on the Muskogee Turnpike left one woman dead and five people injured, including three children who are in critical condition.

Authorities say the crash happened Wednesday afternoon when 30-year-old Tiffany Borovetz lost control of her vehicle. A preliminary report says Borovetz' vehicle flipped six times before coming to a rest.

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12:03 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Feds Want Oklahoma's Health Care Lawsuit Tossed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for the federal government want a federal judge to dismiss Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's lawsuit challenging implementation of the federal health care overhaul law.

A motion filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee asks U.S. District Judge Ronald White to throw the case out of court. It says the law will expand affordable health care and the state lacks standing to sue the federal government to deprive its residents of the benefits of federal law.

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7:05 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Court Says State Abortion Laws Unconstitutional

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says two anti-abortion laws recently passed by the Legislature are "facially unconstitutional" and that lower court judges were right to prevent their enforcement.

One law would have required that women seeking an abortion be given an ultrasound image while listening to a description of the fetus. The other restricted the off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

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7:03 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oklahoma Treasurer says Fiscal Cliff may Harm Economy

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says the fiscal cliff's combination of tax hikes and reduced government spending could harm the state's economy.

Congressional negotiators are working with President Barack Obama to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect at the beginning of 2013. And Treasurer Ken Miller said Tuesday failure to avoid the fiscal cliff would mean a tax increase for Oklahomans and likely spending cuts at military bases and other government facilities in the state.

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8:08 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

TU Athletic Director Fired

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa has fired its athletic director a week after he was named in a federal investigation into an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City.

The private university's president, Steadman Upham, released a statement Tuesday night saying he has terminated Ross Parmley, effective immediately.

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