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    Oklahoma attorney general’s office wants more time to release Scott Pruitt emails

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s new attorney general says he needs more time to comply with a judge’s order to release thousands of documents related to the relationship that new Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt had with energy companies during his tenure as Oklahoma’s top lawyer. In a motion filed late Thursday in federal court, Pruitt’s successor Mike Hunter says providing all of the emails and documents requested by the Center for Media and Democracy in the next ten days […]

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    Alleged suspect in wife’s murder killed after opening fire on Oklahoma officer

    Authorities say a northeast Oklahoma police chief fatally shot a man who had shot and killed his estranged wife and opened fire on officers. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office says Kenneth Ray Robertson died at a hospital Thursday after being shot earlier in the day by Fairfax Police Chief David Bradley. A news release from the sheriff’s office says Robertson went into a business in downtown Fairfax about 8 a.m. Thursday and shot Teresa Robertson, his estranged wife. Teresa Robertson […]

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    Watch LIVE video of giraffe giving birth at ‘Animal Adventure Park’

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — The owner of a New York zoo planning to live-stream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit. Animal Adventure Park started streaming video Wednesday of 15-year-old April in her enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, 130 miles northwest of New York City. But owner Jordan Patch says YouTube removed the feed early Thursday after someone reported it was explicit and contained nudity. […]

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    Teen shot, killed while protecting mother from robber at Subway

    HOUSTON, TX. – Houston police say an 18-year-old sandwich shop employee was fatally shot as he tried to protect his mother during an attempted robbery at the store. Police say the Javier Flores and his mother were the only people working in the southeast Houston Subway restaurant near closing time Wednesday night when two assailants rushed in and pointed a gun at the woman. Detective David Crowder says Flores “attempted to push (her) out of the way as the suspect […]

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    Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons

    WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled his support for the federal government’s use of private prisons, rescinding a memo meant to phase out their use. Sessions issued a new memo Thursday replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time. That memo told the Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its use of privately run prisons. She said the facilities were less well run than those managed by the […]

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    Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A court has ruled that a man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online. The former Muslim is identified in the lawsuit only as “John Doe.” He says that after his baptism in 2012 he returned to Syria and was kidnapped and tortured by radical Muslims. He claims he escaped by killing a relative […]

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    Oklahoma Senate panel OKs repeal of income tax cut trigger

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved legislation to repeal the trigger for a cut in the state’s individual income tax rate. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted 32-4 for the bill and sent it to the full Senate for a vote. Legislation passed in 2014 provided a mechanism to reduce Oklahoma’s top tax rate from 5 percent to 4.85 percent when tax collections increase by about $100 million annually, enough to cover the cost of the […]

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    Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A court has ruled that a man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity, has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online. The former Muslim is identified in the lawsuit only as “John Doe.” He says that after his baptism in 2012 he returned to Syria and was kidnapped and tortured by radical Muslims. He claims he escaped by killing a relative […]

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    $850,000 federal grant awarded to Cameron University in Lawton

    LAWTON, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding an $850,000 grant to Cameron University in Lawton to build fully integrated science laboratories and associated facilities on the CU-Duncan campus. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Tom Guevara said Wednesday that the grant will help improve career opportunities for students in the region. They say it will also provide the health care industry in southwestern Oklahoma with skilled health workers in addition to creating more than 370 […]

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    Oklahoma Senate panel approves Real ID compliance measure

    OKLAHOMA CITY- Legislation that would make Oklahoma compliant with the federal REAL ID anti-terrorism law has been approved by a state Senate committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 34-9 for the House-passed measure Wednesday and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. A 2007 Oklahoma law prevents the state from fully implementing REAL ID, which involves adding security features to state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. Federal officials have said Oklahoma IDs cannot be used to board a commercial […]

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    Arraignment delay for Tulsa man charged in neighbor’s death

    TULSA, Okla. – Arraignment has been delayed for a Tulsa man on first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor. Arraignment for 62-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors in the shooting death of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara that was scheduled Tuesday was postponed until March 21. Online court records do not list a reason for the delay, but it comes six days after the initial judge recused himself from the case and Majors’ attorneys filed documents saying they […]