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9:19 am
Sun April 29, 2012

University of Oklahoma MD gets Ethics Reprimand

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma ethics panel has reprimanded a University of Oklahoma doctor for accepting money from a company registered as a lobbying principal with the state.

The Oklahoman reports that the state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to admonish Dr. Damian Laber.

According to the discipline report, Laber took $27,800 in speaking fees from Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Agency in 2010.

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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Sun April 29, 2012

AEP Disputes Study Linking Plants to 3,200 Deaths

Coal fired plant at Oologah
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Electric Power is disputing a new study that claims pollution from its 26 coal-fired power plants caused up to 3,200 deaths last year.

The analysis was done for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council. It also estimated that the combined economic toll from the pollution emitted by AEP plants was as high as $24 billion in 2011.

The study also claims that AEP's plants caused more than 20,000 asthma attacks and more than 1 million lost work days last year.

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Local & Regional
9:14 am
Sun April 29, 2012

Small Earthquake Recorded in Central Oklahoma

PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in Lincoln County in central Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.8-magnitude quake was recorded about five miles northwest of Prague around 9:14 p.m. Friday. A sheriff's office dispatcher said Saturday she wasn't aware of any injury or damage reports.

Local & Regional
9:41 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Oklahoma Governor signs 'Fetal Heartbeat' bill

Bill signing ceremony
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed the so-called "Fetal Heartbeat" bill into law.

The legislation requires abortion providers to inform women that they have the right to hear the heartbeat their fetus before having an abortion.

Supporters say the measure gives women additional information before deciding to abort.

Opponents say it duplicates state law that requires women to listen to the fetus' heartbeat as part of informed consent laws on abortion.

Fallin signed the bill Friday. It takes effect Nov. 1.

Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Political Setbacks Growing in Oklahoma Legislature

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State leaders are claiming success in pushing some of their major initiatives past a key legislative deadline this week, but with a month left in the 2012 session it's clear not everyone is getting all they wanted.

Proponents for deep tax cuts and the ultimate elimination of the state's income tax, anti-abortion groups, district attorneys and anti-smoking advocates all have suffered setbacks so far this legislative session.

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Local & Regional
9:01 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Oklahoma Sheriff Investigates Animal-Cruelty Case

Oklahoma County Colored Red

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office is searching for whoever spray-painted a yellow Labrador retriever from head to tail.

Authorities were called to a home in Harrah on Thursday. Once there, deputies found the 18-month-old lab had been spray-painted in a striped pattern with a blue-gray paint.

The sheriff's office says whoever responsible could face an animal cruelty charge. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

Local & Regional
8:58 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Oklahoma Doctor accused of Drug Distribution Arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities say an Oklahoma City psychiatrist wanted for illegally distributing prescription medications — including to five people who died — has been arrested in Germany.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma said Friday that Doctor Amar Bhandary (uh-MAR' ban-DAR'-ay) was arrested Thursday at Frankfurt International Airport after arriving on a flight from India. The prosecutor says efforts to extradite Bhandary back to the U.S. are under way.

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8:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

US Supreme Court rejects stay of Oklahoma Execution

State prison at McAlester
Oklahoma DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an Oklahoma death row inmate's request for a stay of execution.

The nation's highest court handed down the decision Friday in the case of 57-year-old Michael Selsor. The inmate is to be executed Tuesday for the shooting death of 55-year-old Tulsa convenience store clerk Clayton Chandler during a robbery 37 years ago.

An order says the request for a stay presented by defense attorneys to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was rejected by the high court.

Local & Regional
11:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Meth Pants

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a portable methamphetamine lab exploded in a man's pants as he tried to run away from a state trooper during a traffic stop.

The incident happened shortly after midnight Friday in Okmulgee County. Authorities say the man tried to run away when the trooper asked him about a chemical smell.

Trooper Shiloh Hall says the man had an active meth lab in his pants that burst during a struggle with the trooper. The man was checked out by emergency personnel and booked in the Okmulgee County jail on a drug charge.

Local & Regional
11:39 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Oklahoma Native American Caucus Supports Center

Rep Seneca Scott of Tulsa
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 18 member House Native American Caucus has announced support of a planned American Indian Cultural Center along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

Rep. Seneca Scott of Tulsa and a member of the caucus said Thursday it's the first time in recent years that the caucus, which includes Republicans and Democrats, has unanimously agreed to endorse a project.

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