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7:01 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Summits Set to Aid Medicare Open Enrollees

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Insurance Department's Medicare Assistance Program is hosting free statewide events to assist seniors during the Medicare open enrollment period that runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

During open enrollment, Medicare-eligible consumers can sign up for coverage under a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D prescription drug plan, as well as change their options for the coming year.

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6:58 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Pharmacy Program in Tulsa to be Phased Out

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma has announced plans to phase out its doctor of pharmacy training program in Tulsa and consolidate it at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

College of Pharmacy Dean JoLaine Draugalis said this fall's 22 new OU-Tulsa pharmacy students will continue their courses at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center campus until their spring 2018 graduation. But starting with the fall 2015 semester, all new students will attend the college's Oklahoma City campus.

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6:56 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Oklahoma Unveils New Execution Protocols

Clayton Lockett
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring.

Under the guidelines released Tuesday, Oklahoma can continue to administer midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions in other states this year, as part of three-drug and two-drug protocols. Oklahoma would use five times the dose it gave Clayton Lockett in April.

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6:51 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Charges are filed in the murder of a Moore woman.
  • TU's new residential housing will be named 'Hardesty Hall'.
  • New Oklahoma execution procedures are announced.
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3:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Walmart Foray Into Banking May Help Oklahomans

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Walmart gets into the banking industry, which could help the one in three Oklahoma households that are unbanked or underbanked.

The retailer’s GoBank checking account doesn’t require a credit check, but it does cost $2.95 to open and comes with a monthly fee for some account holders. Inger Giuffrida with Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition said fees are one reason people avoid banks.

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1:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

US Judge Sides with Oklahoma in Health Care Suit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people who buy insurance under the health care law.

U.S. District Judge Ronald White is the latest to weigh in on regulations that allow health insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act in all 50 states. Earlier this month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a decision that had questioned those subsidies.

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1:16 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Group Plans Anti-Incarceration Rally at Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate is a featured speaker in a rally to bring awareness to the state's high incarceration rate and tough criminal code.

The rally to end mass incarceration will be held Thursday at the state Capitol.

Democratic State Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City is among a group of speakers at the event, which also will include family members of prisoners serving long sentences.

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1:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Charges are Filed in Moore Murder

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have charged an Oklahoma man with first-degree murder in the beheading of a Vaughan Foods plant worker.

Cleveland County prosecutor Greg Mashburn announced the charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Alton Nolen. The attack killed 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, and 43-year-old Traci Johnson was repeatedly stabbed. Johnson survived the attack.

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1:07 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

It is 'Hardesty Hall'

University Steadman Upham (at microphone) and members of the Hardesty Family were present for the announcement.
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The University of Tulsa  announces the naming of Hardesty Hall, a new multipurpose building that is being constructed in the heart of the TU campus.

The 70,000-square-foot facility will house 300 beds as well as 36,000 square feet of office space for the Holmes Student Center. Located at 5th Place and Florence Avenue, the old student center was razed in early 2014 in preparation for the new building.

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7:01 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Cause of Oklahoma Truck-Bus Crash Still Unknown

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ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention was the cause of a highway collision that killed 4 members of a Texas college softball team.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday again declined to say what distracted the driver of the tractor-trailer at the time of the crash Friday night.

Authorities have identified the driver as 53-year-old Russell Staley of Saginaw, Texas. Staley declined to comment on Monday when reached by The Associated Press.

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