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8:44 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Fallin Delays Decision on Insurance Exchange

Governor Fallin
Credit State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin is delaying a decision on whether the state will set up its own health insurance exchange or allow a federal model to be established in Oklahoma.

Fallin's office announced Friday the Republican governor decided to delay her decision after the federal government extended the deadline for states to provide notice if they plan to set up an exchange, which is an online health insurance marketplace where people can shop for coverage.

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12:35 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lawsuits Possible over 10 Commandments Monument

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some state and national civil rights groups say legal action is possible over a monument of the Ten Commandments that was installed Thursday on the Oklahoma state Capitol grounds.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says her Wisconsin-based group would be interested in bringing a lawsuit. Ryan Kiesel, the director of Oklahoma's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, says case law would be on his group's side if it decided to sue.

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11:57 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Panel Rejects Condemned Man's Clemency Plea

State Prison at McAlester
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's parole board has rejected a clemency request from a man set to die Dec. 4 for a 1993 double-killing in Oklahoma City.

Lawyers for 37-year-old George Ochoa told the board he suffers declining mental health and hallucinations and shouldn't be executed. The board voted 4-1 to deny his request for mercy.

Francisco Morales and Maria Yanez died in May 1993. Ochoa wanted his sentence cut to life in prison.

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11:54 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Ex-Manager at Tinker Air Base Accused of Bribery

Tinker Air Force Base
Credit US Air Force

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former manager at Tinker Air Force Base has been arrested on federal bribery and conspiracy charges.

James Lee Loman of McLoud was arrested Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and accepting bribes as a federal official.

The Oklahoman reports that Loman is accused of accepting large cash payments from government contractors in return for favorable treatment.

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11:47 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Oklahoma House Speaker to Take Job at OKC Nonprofit

Kris Steele
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele is taking a job as director of an Oklahoma City nonprofit that helps provide education, job training and placement to low-income Oklahomans.

The Education and Employment Ministry announced Thursday that Steele would become the organization's executive director on Nov. 26.

Steele is a Republican from Shawnee who has served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2000 and the last two years as speaker. He was prevented from seeking another term in office because of term limits.

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8:50 am
Fri November 16, 2012

160 Workers in Tulsa Hit by Hostess Liquidation

One of the strikers in front of the Tulsa bakery, this morning, at 11th and Sheridan
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Wonder Bread bakery in Tulsa is among the facilities affected by Hostess Brands Inc.'s announcement Friday that it's going out of business.

Hostess announced Friday its plans to lay off its 18,500 workers and sell its snack cake and bread brands.

The Irving, Texas, company said a nationwide strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products, which also include Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Home Pride bread.

The Tulsa bakery employs about 160 workers.

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7:57 am
Fri November 16, 2012

10 Commandments Monument Erected at State Capitol with a Typo

The Oklahoma Capitol
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three years after the Republican-controlled Legislature authorized the erection of a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds, the granite display is now in place.

The 6-foot tall monument was set up Thursday on the north side of the state Capitol.

The $10,000 monument was privately funded by Republican state Representative Mike Ritze, who introduced the bill authorizing it in 2009.

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7:06 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Hostess Says it is Closing- Including Tulsa Bakery

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening.

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12:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Tulsa Police Investigate Death of 9-Month-old Boy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-month-old boy was found dead at a west Tulsa apartment complex.

Tulsa television KJRH reports that the police were called to Sandy Park Apartments on Thursday morning. Police say the baby's father went to the child's room and found the baby unresponsive on the floor.

Paramedics and police responded to the scene.

Tulsa police Cpl. Phil Snow says the medical examiner will determine a cause of death for the boy.

Police say three other children and three adults are living in the apartment.

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7:03 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Man Killed During Suspected Home Invasion

A Wagoner County Sheriff's squad car
Credit KWGS News

OKAY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Wagoner County say a man was killed during a suspected home invasion.

Maj. Gary Handley says 38-year-old Michael Shane Smith died early Wednesday at a home south of Okay.

Handley tells the Muskogee Phoenix (http://is.gd/5qPcCh ) that investigators believe Smith was trying to break into the house by climbing through a window. Authorities say the home belongs to Smith's ex-wife.

Handley says Smith got into an altercation with a man inside the house and was stabbed multiple times.

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