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11:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Oklahoma Appeals Court Upholds Dewey Death Sentence

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for the death of a 15-month old child has lost an attempt to have his first-degree murder conviction overturned.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the appeal of 24-year-old Marcus T. Mitchell.

Mitchell was convicted by a jury in Washington County of first-degree murder, three counts of child neglect and drug charges in connection with the Feb. 24, 2012, death of Emma Beth Warmberodt.

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7:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Earthquake Swarm Rattles Central Oklahoma

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GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — No injuries or damage were reported after a series of earthquakes rattled central Oklahoma overnight, including a 4.1-magnitude temblor that woke many residents near Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded four earthquakes near Perry late Wednesday and early Thursday, and two more earthquakes near Guthrie early Thursday.

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12:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

House Panel Passes Judicial Nominating Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys would be appointed to Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission by leaders of the House and Senate under legislation adopted by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 6-1 for the bill Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

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12:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin, Dorman File to Become Oklahoma Governor

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has filed paperwork to seek another four-year term as the state's chief executive officer, and she's not the only one seeking the state's top post.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and Richard Prawdzienski, a Libertarian-leaning independent from Edmond, also filed to run for governor on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices.

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12:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Both US Senate Seats on the 2014 Ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn retiring with two years left on his term, both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats will be on the ballot in 2014.

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe filed for another six-year term in office on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for candidates in Oklahoma. The 79-year-old Inhofe is expected to face at least one challenger, Democrat Matt Silverstein of Bixby.

But it's the two-year term for Coburn's open seat that is drawing the most candidates.

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12:21 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Appeals Court Denies Execution Stay Requests

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court is denying a request for stays of execution requested by two death row inmates who are scheduled to die this month with a new three-drug procedure developed by the state.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order Wednesday denying the stays sought by Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett.

Lawyers for the inmates contend the state has not provided adequate time for them to research the method of execution.

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12:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Bridenstine to Host Energy Town Hall in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to be joined by the ambassador from Azerbaijan for a town hall in Tulsa that is expected to focus on energy security and political stability.

The public forum with the Republican Oklahoma politician and Ambassador Elin Suleymanov is slated for Sunday on the University of Oklahoma's midtown Tulsa campus.

Bridenstine's office says the meeting is critical to illustrate the bond Oklahoma has with the country, especially in light of current political conflicts between Russia, Ukraine and other nations.

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7:06 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oklahoma Endangered Places

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma state Capitol has made a list of the most endangered places in the state.

The nonprofit organization Preservation Oklahoma released its annual list of Oklahoma's most endangered places on Tuesday.

The list recognizes historic sites across Oklahoma at risk of demolition or deterioration and raises awareness about the need to preserve them.

The 400,000-square-foot state Capitol building has been plagued with structural, plumbing and electrical problems and is in need of repairs.

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6:52 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Political Hopefuls to Descend on State Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Political hopefuls from across Oklahoma are expected to descend on the state Capitol for the first day of filing paperwork to have their names placed on the 2014 election ballot and one person is already in line.

The three-day filing period runs from 8 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Friday. More than 300 elective positions are up for grabs, including both U.S. Senate seats, all of the five congressional seats, and statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor.

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6:47 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oklahoma House Panel to Consider $160 Million Capitol Bond

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of the Oklahoma House plan to take up legislation that would authorize a $160 million bond issue to repair the nearly 100-year-old State Capitol.

The Senate-passed legislation will be debated on Wednesday by the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

The building's interior features polished marble floors, valuable artwork and a dome that was added in 2002. But behind the walls are major problems that include a plumbing system with rotting pipes that has never been completely restored and a hodgepodge of electrical systems.

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