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8:32 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmakers Target Hunger with Unused Food

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pile of unserved food from a local restaurant was dumped on a table before a legislative committee to underscore the point that Oklahomans are going hungry needlessly.

The founder of an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that collects unused food from local restaurants and distributes it to needy families made the point on Thursday during a meeting of the House Human Services Committee.

The panel met to discuss how lawmakers might change laws or administrative rules to make it easier to collect unused food and distribute it to the hungry in the state.

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Local & Regional
12:03 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

State Board Votes to Release A-F Grades

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved the release of letter grades for every public school in the state despite objections from parents and school administrators who say the grading system is flawed.

The board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the release of the grades that score schools on an A-F system that was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011.

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Local & Regional
11:23 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Drought Holds its Grip as Growers Pivot to Wheat

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Drought holds its grip as growers pivot to wheat

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's now struggling in the dry conditions.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday shows that more than roughly 62 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.

The federal government says farmers have harvested 87 percent of the nation's corn crop and 80 percent of its soybeans.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Over Scientology-linked Center Death

The Narconon Arrowhead facility is near McAlester.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of a Claremore man found dead last year at an eastern Oklahoma drug rehab center with ties to the Church of Scientology has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility.

Attorneys for Shirley Gilliam filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Pittsburg County against the Narconon Arrowhead facility, its California-based parent companies and the facility's medical director.

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Local & Regional
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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