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12:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Senate Kills bill for Aging Prisoner Release

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to allow some aging prisoners to be released from prison early has been shot down in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted 29-14 on Wednesday against the Parole of Aging Prisoners Act. The bill would have allowed the state Pardon and Parole Board to parole prisoners who are 65-years-old or older if they have served 10 years in prison or at least one-third of their sentence.

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12:15 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Conservatives to Protest Holder's Oklahoma Trip

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some conservative politicians and activists are planning to protest U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to a group of graduating Oklahoma City Police Department cadets.

Holder is scheduled to address the class of 42 police recruits during their swearing-in ceremony Thursday afternoon at First Church in downtown Oklahoma City. The 35 men and seven women were among 52 recruits who started the 30-week physical and academic training academy.

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12:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fire Breaks Out at Woodward Industrial Facility

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say no injuries have been reported after a large fire broke out at an industrial facility in Woodward.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that three workers were on site at Basic Sediments and Waste Solutions when several tanks exploded early Wednesday. Authorities say all three workers escaped without injury.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says it appears a mechanical device malfunctioned and started the fire.

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7:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Fallin: Supreme Court Went Too Far

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has granted an Oklahoma death-row inmate a one-week stay of execution, saying the Oklahoma Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it issued a separate stay of execution on Monday.

Fallin issued an executive order on Tuesday delaying the execution of Clayton Lockett until April 29. In her order, Fallin claims the stay ordered by the state's high court is "outside the constitutional authority of that body."

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6:58 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma House Defeats Bond Issue to Repair Capitol

A yellow fence closes a portion of the state capitol because it is crumbling.
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state's nearly 100-year-old Capitol.

House members voted 62-34 against the Senate-passed measure that is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2014 Legislature. The bill's author, Rep. Skye McNeil of Bristow, kept the measure alive by serving notice that she may ask the House to reconsider the vote.

Supporters and opponents agree that the Capitol needs extensive repairs. But they disagree on how to pay for them.

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6:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

'Significant' Severe Weather in Oklahoma Forecast

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Multiple rounds of severe weather are in the forecast for much of Oklahoma through the weekend.

The Storm Prediction Center says Oklahoma is at a slight risk Wednesday for severe weather with large hail the primary threat. Forecasters say damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible with the storms Wednesday.

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6:52 am
Tue April 22, 2014

VIDEO: Barresi Reacts to Testing Glitches

Janet Baressi at discusses testing problems with reporters.
Credit Dept of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second consecutive year, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.

Superintendent Janet Barresi directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend its testing Monday after disruptions for students taking high school end-of-instruction exams and tests in grades six through eight.

A similar glitch stalled testing last year in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

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6:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Oklahoma Election Board Tosses Governor Candidate

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An independent candidate for Oklahoma governor has been removed from the ballot after the state's election board determined a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago disqualified him from running.

The three-member Oklahoma Election Board voted unanimously Monday to remove Joe Sills' name from the ballot. Sills' candidacy was challenged by Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Joe Dorman.

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6:47 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Names Released in Fatal Shooting by Tulsa Officers

The fatal shooting took place outside of this cafe near 21st and Garnett.
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The names of a Tulsa police officer and Tulsa County deputy involved in a shooting that killed a woman during the weekend have been released.

Authorities said Monday that 18-year-old Karina Sandoval-Jimenez was killed in the shooting involving police Cpl. Daniel Miller and sheriff's Sgt. Rick Treadwell.

Police have said the shooting came after officers responded to reports of a robbery just after 1 a.m. Saturday and that the deputy and the police officer opened fire on a vehicle at the scene as it drove toward them.

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5:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Executions Stayed

The witness room at the Oklahoma State Prison.
Credit Oklahoma DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the state's secrecy protocol surrounding the source of lethal injection drugs.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court issued the stay Monday, just one day before death row inmate Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be executed for the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman.

The second inmate, Charles Warner, was convicted in the 1997 death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. He was scheduled to die on April 29.

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