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11:23 am
Wed October 24, 2012

US Urges Court to Deny Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Request

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government is urging a judge to deny a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block enforcement of the new health care law's requirement that employers provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs.

Last month, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City that alleges the mandate is unconstitutional. The company seeks an injunction to prohibit it from being enforced, claiming that the mandate will force the Oklahoma City-based chain's owners to violate deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines.

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Local & Regional
2:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmakers Eye Performance Pay for Workers

Preston Doerflinger
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State leaders say an across-the-board pay hike for state workers is unlikely — but several are embracing the idea of salary increases tied to performance reviews and private-sector wages.

The House Appropriations and Budget Committee met Tuesday to discuss improving pay for state workers. The last across-the-board raise for state employees was in 2006 when Democrats controlled the Senate and the governor's office.

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Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

3 Arrested in Stabbing of Pizza Delivery Driver

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma City say they have arrested three people in the stabbing of a 77-year-old pizza delivery driver.

Authorities said Tuesday the arrests followed an investigation in which police concluded the stabbing was planned because the pizza was to be delivered to an unoccupied apartment.

Two of the suspects are juveniles, ages 14 and 15. Police also arrested 18-year-old Marcus Smith.

All three are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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Election
7:35 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Study suggests racial preferences in place at OU, University says "No"

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A conservative think-tank has released a study suggesting the University of Oklahoma gave preferences to African Americans in admissions to its undergraduate, law and medical schools — a claim university officials dispute.

The Virginia-based Center for Equal Opportunity study was released Monday — two weeks before Oklahoma voters are set to decide a state question on whether to abolish all affirmative action programs in state government.

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Local & Regional
7:30 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Victory Suspect Hearing Moved to Next Month

Israel Castillo
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say there may be more victims or witnesses coming forth in an investigation of alleged sex crimes at a Tulsa megachurch.

Former Victory Christian Center employee Israel Castillo is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime. A hearing Tuesday for Castillo was delayed after Assistant District Attorney Kali Strain told the judge police are investigating the prospect of more victims or witnesses in the case.

The hearing was pushed to Nov. 29.

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Local & Regional
11:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Arraignment Reset for Victory Rape Suspect

Chris Denman
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An ex-employee of a Tulsa megachurch accused of raping a 13-year-old girl and other sex crimes will be arraigned in district court next week.

Twenty-year-old Chris Denman, who worked at Victory Christian Center, faces charges of raping the 13-year-old on the ministry's campus in August.

He's also charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl and making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl.

A judge on Monday reset Denman's hearing date until Oct.29

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Judge Sets Prelim for Church Bomb Plot Suspect

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — An Ottawa County judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an Illinois man charged with plotting to attack dozens of churches in northeastern Oklahoma.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ellis said Monday that Special Judge William Culver scheduled a Dec. 3 hearing for 23-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II.

Weiler was arrested on Oct. 4 and is being held without bond on charges of threatening to use an explosive device and violating the Oklahoma Antiterrorism Act.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Owasso Teen Dies After Car Flips Due to Deer

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A teenager from Owasso died after a car she was in rolled several times after the driver swerved to try to avoid a deer.

The Saturday wreck was the second fatality of the weekend in the Tulsa area involving a deer.

 The teenagers were in a sedan when the driver tried to avoid the deer and the vehicle flipped several times.

Police say a teenage girl was partially ejected and died at a hospital. One other injured teen was taken in for treatment. Names have not been released.

Local & Regional
6:55 am
Mon October 22, 2012

American Airlines layoffs taking toll on families

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Since layoff notices went out to nearly 3,000 employees at American Airlines' maintenance center in Tulsa, families of workers have been working to cope with an uncertain future.

The airline last month informed workers that their jobs could disappear in the next few months. American is struggling to cut costs and get out of New York federal bankruptcy Court.

Since the original notice, the airline has clarified that only about 150 workers will ultimately get the axe.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Boise City's Crystal Hotel, Local Landmark, Burns

Crystal Hotel in Boise City
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BOISE CITY, Okla. (AP) — A landmark hotel in Boise City has burned.

The Crystal Hotel was a fixture on Main Street since 1926 until it went up in flames on Sunday.

The hotel had been closed for several years until a restaurant opened on the premises, though that business moved several months ago.

The Oklahoman reports firefighters were called to the scene Sunday afternoon and were able to keep the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

The hotel used to house railroad crews and was a stop for the Continental Bus Company.

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