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3:56 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

State Legislature Moves Toward Constitutional Convention

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Both chambers of the Oklahoma legislature are preparing the state for a constitutional convention.

The Senate Rules Committee passed Sen. Rob Standridge’s bill to establish how delegates would be selected.

"Two delegates will be appointed by majority vote of the House of Representatives, and two will be appointed by majority vote of the Senate," Standridge said. "And one shall be appointed by receiving a majority vote of all members elected."

The bill passed 8–5. Standridge assured committee members other states can’t pull a fast one by sending more delegates.

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3:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Voters Could See Dam Proposal in October

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Some Tulsa County residents could vote on a “water in the river” proposal in October.

The Arkansas River task will get designs and cost estimates by May 1, hold public meetings in June and finalize the proposal in July. Task force chair G.T. Bynum said he wants it on the ballot for Oct. 13.

"If we hold a standalone vote on the river in October, that then allows us to consider the outcome of that vote as it relates to any other further Vision renewal," Bynum said.

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12:23 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Health Officials Say 6 More Flu Deaths in State

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say six more deaths due to influenza have been reported to bring the record number of deaths in the state to 90.

The previous record of 72 flu deaths — set during the 2013-2014 flu season — was broken earlier this month.

Statistics released by the Oklahoma Department of Health Thursday also indicate that about 2,000 people have been hospitalized due to the flu since the season began Sept. 28.

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12:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Muslim Day at the Capitol

Muslims will rally at the state capitol.
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Muslims and members of other faith groups will rally and meet with lawmakers Friday. It’s the first annual Muslim Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Extra security will be on hand, and protests are expected. But Adam Soltani with the Council on American-Islamic Relations says there’s been an outpouring of support for the Muslim community.

Soltani says the goal is to encourage Oklahoma Muslims to be active participants in the democratic process.

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9:33 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Humane Society Documents from View

Attorney General Scott Pruitt/Former AG Drew Edmondson
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the Humane Society of the United States must turn over one contested document and portions of two others to the attorney general's office, but can keep 21 others secret.

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9:23 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Tulsa Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to 17 years and six months in federal prison for possessing, receiving and distributing thousands of child porn images and videos.

A federal prosecutor says 63-year-old Kenneth Morain pleaded guilty to sharing more than 33,000 images and videos. He was also ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution to the victims.

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7:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Hydrocodone is No Longer Oklahoma's Top Prescribed Drug

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hydrocodone is no longer the top drug prescribed to Oklahoma Medicaid patients.

The Oklahoman reports that according to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the painkiller hydrocodone has held the top spot for more than five years.

Authority officials say that the drop is due to the changes in state and federal guidelines that reclassified hydrocodone as a more restrictive drug, which makes it more burdensome to prescribe.

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6:58 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Banks Have Record Earnings in 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma banks have seen a 10 percent increase in profits, earning a record $1.3 billion in 2014 despite the decrease in the number of banks in the state.

The Oklahoman reports that the profits are a sign of improvement for banks after the 2008 financial crisis, according to Roger Beverage, CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.

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6:51 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears an alleged  discrimination case from Tulsa.
  • Gasoline price are up, but the price of oil remains low.
  • State lawmakers consider allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs.
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12:46 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Justices Weigh Case of Tulsa Muslim Denied Job Over Headscarf

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is indicating it will side with a Muslim woman from Oklahoma who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview.

Liberal and conservative justices aggressively questioned the company's lawyer during arguments at the high court Wednesday in a case that deals with when an employer must take steps to accommodate the religious beliefs of a job applicant or worker.

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