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6:58 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Court Rules Tulsa-Area Schools Lack Standing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two Tulsa-area school districts lack standing to sue to block a school voucher program for students with disabilities.

The state's highest court issued the ruling on Tuesday in the case in which public schools in Jenks and Tulsa countersued the parents of children who sought the scholarship vouchers.

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6:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

High Court Rejects Bonds for Tulsa's Zink Dam

Tulsa's Zink Dam
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed $25 million state bond issue for improvements at Tulsa's Zink Lake Dam is an unconstitutional gift to the City of Tulsa.

The state's high court ruled Tuesday that such a gift is specifically prohibited in the Oklahoma Constitution.

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8:04 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Looming Fiscal Cliff Could Pose Problems in Oklahoma

Preston Doerflinger
Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials warn that failure of Congress to address the nation's looming fiscal cliff could have dire consequences for state programs in Oklahoma beginning as early as next year.

Oklahoma's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) told a House panel on Monday the state could lose $137 million in direct federal funding as a result of sequestration, commonly called the fiscal cliff, which refers to the automatic, government-wide spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1.

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8:01 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Tulsa Judge Refuses to Drop Sex Abuse Case Charges

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has denied a motion to drop misdemeanor charges against two Tulsa megachurch workers accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, Susan Witt, says the ruling was handed down Monday in the case of John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty. Both claim they are innocent.

Hearings are set for three other workers next month on the same charges.

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7:59 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Judge Denies Hobby Lobby Morning-After Pill Suit

Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling Monday in U.S. District Court.

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7:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Free Black Friday Admission at Tulsa Zoo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Zoo is offering free admission on the day after Thanksgiving and says it hopes some Black Friday shoppers will open their wallets at the zoo's gift shop.

The zoo said Monday that it would offer Black Friday discounts for people who want to shop while viewing the animals.

Memberships to the zoo will also be discounted by $5 on Friday.


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11:58 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Oklahoma Rejects State-Run Insurance Exchange

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma will not establish a state-run health insurance exchange under the federal health care law or expand its Medicaid eligibility to provide coverage to thousands of low-income, uninsured citizens.

Fallin made the announcement Monday. The Republican governor says the exchange was "forced on the people of Oklahoma by the Obama administration."

It's now up to the federal government to set up the insurance exchange in Oklahoma.

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11:42 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Former State Lawmaker to be Promoted to General

Hopper Smith
Credit Oklahoma National Guard

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma National Guardsman who previously served as a state lawmaker is being promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

A promotion ceremony for Col. Hopper Smith will be held at the state Capitol on Tuesday, and Gov. Mary Fallin will join Smith's wife in a ceremonial "pinning" of Smith to the rank of brigadier general.

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9:04 am
Mon November 19, 2012

2 Church Employees Due in Court in Sex Abuse Case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two of five Tulsa Victory Christian Center employees facing misdemeanor charges for waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl are due in district court Monday.

John and Charica Daugherty, who are the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty, both claim they are innocent of the charges.

Three other Victory employees are due in court next month on the same charges.

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8:05 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Shots Fired at Tulsa Casino, No Injuries Reported

Credit File Photo-Creek Nation

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say no one was injured when someone fired shots at River Spirit Casino.

The casino was placed on lockdown for about an hour and a half Sunday night as authorities searched for the shooter. No one has been arrested.

River Spirit Casino spokesman Bob Dimmick says one bullet pierced a glass window. He says no one was injured, but casino patrons were kept inside as a precaution.

The casino reopened at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police say they have no suspects. Tulsa police, Creek Nation security and the FBI are investigating.

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