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9:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Colorado Defends Pot Law Challenge by Oklahoma

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DENVER (AP) — Legal weed in Colorado isn't hurting its neighboring states. That's according to a Supreme Court filing Friday that marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing.

Colorado sent the argument to the nation's highest court as a defense against a lawsuit from Oklahoma and Nebraska, which have asked the court to stop pot regulation.

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9:26 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Oklahoma Oil Jobs Evaporating Because of Low Crude Price

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's mining and logging sector, which includes the oil and gas industry, lost an estimated 2,400 jobs in February as the state's overall jobless rate remained steady.

The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the job losses Friday. According to the OESC's chief economist, Lynn Gray, the job decline matches that of the worst month for the industry since 1990.

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9:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

University of Oklahoma Unveils Racist Chant Probe Findings

David Boren addressing reporters
Credit KGOU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's president says members of a recently disbanded fraternity apparently learned a racist chant during a cruise four years ago sponsored by the fraternity's national leadership.

OU President David Boren said Friday that the school interviewed more than 160 people during its investigation into the racist chant by members of the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter. The chant was captured on video and posted online.

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9:18 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Superintendent: No Development Credits for Teacher Rally

Joy Hofmiester
Credit Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is warning school districts that teachers will not be able to receive professional development credit for attending an education rally Monday at the Capitol.

In a letter to Hofmeister on Friday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote that districts are prohibited from using any professional development funds from the Legislature on programs that aren't approved by the Board of Education.

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9:13 am
Sat March 28, 2015

KWGS Honored By Oklahoma Broadcasters

KWGS' John Durkee and Matt Trotter
Credit Kendall Griffith

The University of Tulsa's KWGS radio was honored Friday evening with two "Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting" Awards from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.  The awards were presented at the end of the Association's annual convention in Oklahoma City.

KWGS reporter Matt Trotter was cited for his coverage of the botched execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett at the state prison at McAlester, while KWGS news director and Morning Edition local host John Durkee was honored for a feature on the works of the Tulsa Salvation Army.

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12:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Chief of Staff Named for Oklahoma Department of Education

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has announced the selection of a retired Oklahoma National Guard lieutenant colonel as chief of staff for the state Department of Education.

Hofmeister on Friday announced the appointment of Lance Nelson of Stillwater to the post and said he began working at the department on Monday.

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11:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

More Tulsa Area Lay-Offs

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The price of oil is up to around $50  a barrel. That is not enough to save more Tulsa jobs. The IPSCO Company announced it is laying off 200 people at its Port of Catoosa facility.

The company makes tubular casing for the drilling industry. This follows yesterday’s announcement that Sampson Resources is letting 196 people go.

IPSCO sent state officials, what is called a ‘Warn Notice’. That is required before a major layoff.

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9:07 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Oklahoma Health Department: Measles Case in Stillwater

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in Stillwater and says others may have been exposed.

The department said Friday this is the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The infected person is an international traveler married to an Oklahoma State student and lives off campus.

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7:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

OU President to Announce Results of Fraternity Investigation

David Boren
Credit OU Press

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to announce the results of an investigation into a fraternity after members were caught on video engaging in a racist chant.

Boren will announce the results of the university's probe into the local chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity during a news conference Friday.

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6:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Storm Aftermath Headlines

Damage in Sand Springs from the tornado
Credit NWS
  •   The National Weather Service has rated the Sand Springs tornado as an E-F 2. That means it had winds of up to 135 MPH.
  • Classes resume today in Sand Springs and Tulsa schools.
  • The Governor toured the damage area. FEMA expected today.
  • PSO reports only 200  customers are  still without power.
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