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6:53 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Common Core Repeal Faces Test at Oklahoma Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the Legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math is being scrutinized by Oklahoma's highest court just one month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.

Parents, teachers and four members of the Oklahoma Board of Education allege lawmakers violated the board's constitutional authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" when they repealed Common Core standards scheduled to go into effect in the upcoming school year.

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6:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Mid-Way Still Closed on Rogers Pike

Work continues on the iconic mid-way service stop on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita.
Credit KWGS News

Before you get on the Will Rogers Turnpike, be sure your gas tank and tummy are full.

With the Mid-way McDonald’s and service facility still closed at Vinita, there are no food or service station facilities along the pike.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s Jack Damrill says that means you must exit for gas or food. Renovation and expansion is underway on the iconic structure that spans the turnpike. It could reopen later this year.

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6:41 am
Mon July 14, 2014

OHP Trooper Investigated Over 'Adult' Photographs

File photo of Trooper Daniel Martin holds a paramedic by the neck
Credit You-Tube Video

BURNS FLAT, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was disciplined following a highly publicized altercation with a paramedic in 2009 is now under investigation for allegedly showing an inappropriate photo to another trooper during a recent Cadet Lawman academy in Burns Flat.

The OHP said Sunday that Trooper Daniel Martin allegedly showed "an inappropriate adult photo" to another trooper during the academy that is for high school students to learn more about the OHP.

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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Get Up to Date with Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In our local news:

  • The latest on Oklahoma's immigration issues.
  • Work continues to renovate the half-way McDonald's on the Will Rogers Turnpike.
  • Tulsa's new Costco will be the first of several planned for the state.
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Local & Regional
9:54 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Inmate's Death Ruled a Suicide

Inmate David Ernst
Credit Creek County Jail booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a Creek County inmate was a suicide.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 53-year-old David Ernst, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter on June 12th, hanged himself five days later.

Ernst was found guilty in an August 2013 vehicular collision that killed four people.

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9:47 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Oklahoma Governor Releases NGA Initiative Report

Mary Fallin presents her final report to the National Governor's Association
Credit NGA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has released her initiative's final report as chair of the National Governors Association.

Fallin released the report, titled An Action Guide for Governors, on Saturday during the special session of NGA's 2014 Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

The yearlong initiative, called America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs, has focused on making significant improvements to education systems and workforce training programs and aligning those systems with the needs of business and labor markets.

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Local & Regional
9:40 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Double Shooting at Tulsa Motel; One Dead

Tulsa Police investigate Tulsa's 25th murder this year.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa Police continue the investigation into another homicide. This latest incident took place at the Tonight Inn in the 8800 block of East Admiral Place.

Officers found a man and a woman shot inside an SUV at the motel's courtyard. A man in the driver's seat was dead and a woman passenger was rushed to the hospital. Police do not know what sparked the Saturday afternoon shooting.

Officers do have description of the suspect. Police say the motel is well known to vice officers.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Latest Immigration Firestorm Touches Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. Fort Sill is in his district
Credit Tom Cole

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — As hundreds of immigrant children stay at a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton, some Oklahoma leaders say they are concerned a broad agreement on the nation's immigration policy won't be reached this year.

Oklahoma has become a temporary home for unaccompanied Central American children flowing into the country. The immediate crisis is prompting President Barack Obama to push for $3.7 billion in emergency funding, a request that has gotten a cool reception from Oklahoma's all-Republican delegation.

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Local & Regional
9:30 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Congresswoman: Cut Foreign Aid to Pay for Children

A sign on the door to the girl's dorm at Fort Sill
Credit HHS

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from Tennessee says the U.S. should cut aid to countries that are home to thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally to pay for the cost of caring for them.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn made the comments Saturday after touring a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton where more than 1,100 of the children are housed. Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma also toured the facility.

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Local & Regional
3:30 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

More Oklahoma Quakes

Credit File photo

  LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says at least four earthquakes have rattled central Oklahoma, including a 4.3-magnitude temblor near Langston. The earthquake struck shortly after noon Saturday about five miles southwest of Langston. Earlier, a 3.2-magnitude quake was recorded about 6:30 a.m. in about the same area near Langston. No damage or injuries were reported following either quake. The USGS says two other quakes were recorded Saturday near Guthrie. The first, a 2.9-magnitude quake, struck shortly before noon about five miles east of Guthrie.

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