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130 Years in prison recommended for parents in child abuse case.

An Oklahoma mom and dad each face a long stay behind bars after a jury recommended a sentence of 130 years each following the pair’s conviction for what a police officer termed the “worst case of child abuse” he’d seen.         

- USA TODAY - US

Daughter testifies against ex-Oklahoma officer father.

Jurors in the fourth murder trial for a white former Oklahoma police officer heard a 911 call Tuesday where his daughter screams to dispatchers that her father had shot her 19-year-old black boyfriend.

- FOX News - US

Ex-Tulsa mayor sues insurance company over lost ring payment.

Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is suing an insurance company and insurance broker over payments for a lost $4 million blue diamond ring. The Tulsa World reports the federal lawsuit … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma.

Rep. Mike Synar, a Democrat, had the National Rifle Association's backing in 1980. But by 1994, his positions had changed, and so had the NRA's. Here's how the group worked to defeat him.

- NPR - US

A Look At The Political Clout Of The National Rifle Association.

Not only can the NRA marshal its grassroots to boost its preferred candidate, but it holds in reserve the power to fund and support primary challengers. That threat became real for an eight-term incumbent Democratic lawmaker from Oklahoma who voted for the assault weapons ban in 1994.

- NPR - US

Scott Pruitt is ending an EPA policy known as 'sue and settle' to give green groups less power.

REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who ...

- Business Insider - US

EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups.

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who sued ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Prison Break: Inmates escape jail to see girlfriends and smoke weed but return in time for 'lights out'.

Rakem Lennox and Harley Davidson escaped from their Hugo, Oklahoma jail for a couple hours after they stole the laundry room key and evaded jail guards.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

They escaped jail — but just to see their girlfriends and smoke weed for 2 hours, police say.

Sometimes you just need a break. And for two inmates in an Oklahoma jail, that break came in the form of escaping their facility to see their girlfriends and smoke … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

Oklahoma cop busted for racist Facebook threat against NFL players.

A part-time police officer in Oklahoma will spared punishment and instead receive “social media counseling” after threatening protesting NFL players on Facebook. According to News on 6, Verdigris police officer Brandon Jarvis launched a racist attack on professional football players who ...

- The Raw Story - US

Oklahoma prisons selling inmates 'cold case' playing cards.

OKLAHOMA CITY , Oklahoma authorities are hoping to solve killings and other cold cases by selling playing cards that feature the cases to prisoners.The first in a planned series of decks is already on sale for US$1.42 at six of the state's lock-ups, and a second deck is already being planned.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil falls on Cushing supply gain

The crude oil contract for November delivery fell 70¢ on the New York market Oct. 12 to settle at $50.60/bbl after the US Energy Information Administration reported oil levels stored at Cushing, Okla., increased by 1.3 million bbl although overall US oil inventories fell.

- OGJ - US

Regulator: Oklahoma Pipeline Breach Spilled 15,800 Gallons of Oil

An accidental breach this week of Centurion Pipeline LP's oil pipeline in Oklahoma spilled 377 barrels of oil before it was repaired.

- Rigzone.com - US

The best bets from this Saturday's college football slate

With each week of the college football season we learn a bit more about what we can expect come December and January. Alabama and Clemson are still the two best teams in the country, but a fierce battle will determine the final two spots in the playoff, and right now both are still very much up for grabs. With each week we ...

- Business Insider - US

Oklahoma National Guard troops heading to Afghanistan

About 500 Oklahoma National Guard troops are in the middle of several months of intensive training preparing for deployment to Afghanistan in late December.

- Stars and Stripes - US

GOP Sen.: Trump said He'll Extend DACA Deadline If Congress Does Not Act

Sen. James Lankford said Thursday night that President Donald Trump told him he would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program past March if Congress does not pass legislation restoring the protections by then, according to the Washington Post. “The president’s comment to me was that, ‘We ...

- TPM News - US

Results from a shale oil well in Oklahoma better than expected

Data taken from an oil well at a shale basin in Oklahoma show performance better than expected, which will likely trigger more drilling, BNK Petroleum said.

- UPI - US

WashPo: Sen. Lankford Claims Donald Trump Will Extend DACA Amnesty

President Donald Trump will extend the DACA amnesty beyond March 5 if Congress cannot pass replacement legislation, Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Lankford told the Washington Post. According to the Post: Sen. James Lankford said Trump told him he was willing to give it some more time' to allow lawmakers to find a solution ...

- Breitbart - US

Trump will extend DACA if Congress doesn't act, Republican senator says

President Trump's March 5 deadline for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival immigration program isn't etched in stone, and Trump says he's willing to "give it some more time" if Congress doesn't step in to help the DREAMers first, Sen. James Lankford said outside a town hall event in Tulsa on Thursday night. ...

- The Week - US

The Latest: Aldean strikes defiant tone in return

TULSA, Okla. — The Latest on country singer Jason Aldean's return to the stage :

- Billings Gazette - US

Country star Jason Aldean resumes tour after Vegas shooting

TULSA, Okla. — Country star Jason Aldean brought the party back Thursday in his return to the stage following the deadly mass shooting that broke out while he was performing in Las Vegas, but the fun was tempered by…

- Billings Gazette - US

Oklahoma jury recommends death sentence for man who beheaded co-worker

A judge will decide whether to impose the death sentence on Alton Nolen, 33, for the September 2014 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. Police said he stabbed and then severed the head of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and attacked then 43-year-old Traci Johnson before being shot by Mark Vaughan, the company's chief operating ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Jury recommends death in Oklahoma beheading case

A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014.

- FOX News - US

A billionaire's quirky quest to create a mecca for Bob Dylan fans in Oklahoma

Robert Zimmerman was born in northern Minnesota, made a name for himself - specifically, Bob Dylan - in Greenwich Village and lives on a Malibu spread when not on perpetual tour.

- Stuff - NZ

Pawhuska, Oklahoma, went from a 'ghost town' to a thriving tourist hub thanks to 'The Pioneer Woman' — here's what it's like to visit

Ree DrummondA Food Network show is transforming a small town in Oklahoma. In 2011, the Food Network aired the first episode of "The Pioneer Woman," starring Ree Drummond. The show, which was based on Drummond's popular cooking blog, quickly turned Drummond into one of the most beloved personalities on the network. Now, a ...

- Business Insider - US

Research finds teachers who leave Oklahoma make $19,000 more

- Education Week - US

Oklahoma receives $21 million grant for children's literacy

- Education Week - US

Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

Democrats desperate to rebuild after losing the White House last year have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats, testing a new generation of candidates and activists eager to resist President Donald Trump's conservative agenda. From New Hampshire to Oklahoma, Democrats ha...

- The Raw Story - US

Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

From New Hampshire to Oklahoma, Democrats have flipped eight Republican-held seats in special legislative elections, having spent millions of dollars on low-turnout contests mostly being fought over local issues. The wins showcase how Democrats want to fight back after losing to Trump and hitting historic lows in ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Correction: College Basketball-Fraud Charges story

In a story Oct. 10 about three college basketball coaches charged in a bribery scheme, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lamont Evans has been suspended by Oklahoma State. The … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

Oklahoma prisons selling cold case playing cards to inmates

The decks are reminiscent of those distributed in 2003 to help U.S. troops identify members of Saddam Hussein's government during the Iraq War.

- Global News - CA

Correction: College Basketball-Fraud Charges story

NEW YORK — In a story Oct. 10 about three college basketball coaches charged in a bribery scheme, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lamont Evans has been suspended by Oklahoma State. The school fired Evans after originally suspending…

- Billings Gazette - US

Report: Remains of La. sailor killed at Pearl Harbor ID'd, returning home

Cyril Isaac Dusset's family members recently received the news they've been waiting for for a long time: Cyril is coming home. The cook from New Orleans was among the 429 sailors and Marines who died aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Lawsuit: Oklahoma court-diversion program is exploitative

Three people have filed a class-action lawsuit against an Oklahoma-based addiction recovery program, saying it exploited them and other participants by forcing them to decide between going to prison or working for free at a poultry processing plant.

- FOX News - US

EPA chief to sign proposed rule killing Clean Power Plan today, making way for his Dirty Power Plan

Ignoring the future of the planet, the health of the people, and the job growth potential of renewable energy, Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt will sign a draft rule Tuesday repealing the Clean Power Plan   that was designed by the Obama administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from ...

- Daily Kos - US

Deep in 316-Page E.P.A. Doc, Reporter Finds Hint of Unexpected Turn in History

There it was on Scott Pruitt’s schedule: a meeting with an acquaintance he knew from Oklahoma.

- New York Times - US

Progress Slows in Ending Child Labor

Expand Hazrat Hussain, 10, loads bricks onto a truck. Hazrat doesn't go to school and works alongside his two teenage brothers at a brick kiln outside Kabul.   © 2016 Bethany Matta/Human Rights Watch   Child labor rates are dropping, but far too slowly.   Between 2000 and 2012, governments made impressive strides in ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

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