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A gay couple walked out of a Kentucky clerk's office with a marriage license, hours after the county's defiant clerk was hauled to jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages.

William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license Friday morning in Rowan County, ending a months-long standoff.

Clerk Kim Davis has cited "God's authority" and refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in June. She defied a series of court orders.

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DENVER (AP) — Five federal judges are criticizing a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals not to rehear a challenge to a case involving birth control, which could strengthen the case for U.S. Supreme Court review.

A dissenting opinion written by Judge Harris Hartz issued Thursday called the court's decision wrong, saying it "has little to do with contraception and a great deal to do with religious liberty."

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police have arrested two people in Tulsa in connection with the deaths of two people found in a Bristow motel room.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said a man and a woman, both 22, were arrested Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder. According to Bristow police, the bodies of 19-year-old Jake Allen Wright and 31-year-old Ruth Ann Rex were found in a room at the Carolynn Inn on March 29.

According to a medical examiner, Rex died of a gunshot wound to the neck and Wright died of an unspecified head wound.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say overall collections to the state treasury declined again last month, driven mostly by lower collections from oil and natural gas production taxes.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday that gross receipts to the state treasury in August were down 3.5 percent from collections during the same month last year. It is the fourth consecutive month in which collections trailed those from the same month in 2014.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General is continuing his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol, despite an order from the state's highest court that it must be removed.

Pruitt on Thursday filed a brief in state court alleging that the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling "evinces a hostility towards religion."

In the local news:

  • The life expectancy gap between Tulsa's affluent and poor neighborhoods narrows.
  • The Attorney General goes back to court in an attempt to save the 10 Commandments monument on state property.
  • Oklahoma Lakes are bracing for summer last big holiday weekend.
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Where you live in Tulsa County may play a role in determining how long you live.

The Tulsa Health Department looked at life expectancy data from 2002 and from 2013. Then they did an Economic Hardship Index analysis. The index includes measures such as crowded housing, population living in poverty and low educational attainment, among others.

There’s a significant trend.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Family and supporters of a condemned Oklahoma death row inmate have delivered more than 250,000 online petitions to Oklahoma's governor, urging her to grant a 60-day stay of execution.

Richard Eugene Glossip is to be executed Sept. 16 for his role in the 1997 beating death of a motel owner, but Glossip's supporters maintain he is innocent.

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Law agencies in Tulsa County come together to try and end impaired driving this Labor Day weekend. Attending an announcement of a countywide crackdown with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols is ‘Doc’ Livingston with Victims Impact of Oklahoma. His son is serving 40 years in prison after killing a man while driving drunk. ‘Doc’ says two men lost their lives that day, the victim killed in the crash, and his son, who ‘threw his life away.’

The holiday weekend ENDUI enforcement effort begins Friday and runs through Monday.

Health Conditions in North Tulsa Improve

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Life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of the health of a community, and where you live can determine how long you live.

In 2000, the life expectancy among Tulsa County residents varied by as much as 13.8 years: the life expectancy for residents of 74126 in north Tulsa was 66.8, compared to that of 74137 in south Tulsa, which boasted 80.6 years. 

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