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11:49 am
Fri February 28, 2014

UCO Encourages Health in National Nutrition Month

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The University of Central Oklahoma plans to encourage healthy lifestyles with a series of events in March for National Nutrition Month.

The observance is a nutrition and education information campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It encourages making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

UCO's "Color Me Healthy" campaign will highlight the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among the campus community.

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Death Row Inmate to Ask Parole Board for Clemency

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A convicted killer is scheduled to ask the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence to life in prison.

Clayton Lockett is to appear via video before the board on Friday and ask for clemency.

The 38-year-old Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa. Authorities say Lockett shot Nieman twice then watched as she was buried alive.

Two co-defendants are serving life in prison for the crime.

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Local & Regional
11:43 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Three State Troopers Cleared After Fight

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been cleared of wrongdoing after the arrest of a hearing-impaired man involved in a hit-and-run accident.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater cleared troopers Eric Foster, Kelton Hayes and Jason Owens.

Prater says statements made by the troopers concerning the arrest of Pearl Pearson Jr. matched Foster's dash cam video and witness statements.

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Middle East
12:01 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 12:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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Around the Nation
11:40 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 2:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Center to Open for High-Risk Pregnancies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma physicians group is scheduled to open a new center for high-risk expectant mothers next week.

The OU Prenatal Diagnostic Center will open Monday in Oklahoma City. It'll be located on the first floor of the Children's Hospital atrium on the OU Health Sciences campus.

With the center's debut, expectant mothers will have access to pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, urologists and neonatologists. 

Local & Regional
11:43 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Norman Police Dept. Installs Lifesaving Equipment

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Norman Police Department is installing trauma kits in all its squad cars.

The kits contain first-aid supplies as well as tourniquets and trauma bandages, tools that are used primarily to stop or control bleeding.

In 2008, the Norman SWAT team began issuing life-saving tools to all its members, and the tactical medics of the Norman SWAT team have trained and equipped officers with the lifesaving tools.

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Local & Regional
11:41 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Case Delayed in 1997 Eastern Oklahoma Slaying

Credit Sequoyah County

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — A judge in eastern Oklahoma has postponed scheduled a jury trial for a Sallisaw man charged in a 1997 killing.

Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton delayed setting the trial for 39-year-old Rex Richard Robbins because Robbins' attorney wasn't in court Thursday. The Southwest Times Record reports that Payton will consider the matter in June.

Robbins is charged in the beating death of 28-year-old Mitchell Dayne Nixon. Robbins is being held without bond in the Sequoyah County jail and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Attorney General Asks Judge to Strike Health Care Law Rule

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a federal judge to strike down a regulation that is part of the federal health care overhaul law.

Pruitt made the request in a motion he filed late Tuesday in a lawsuit he filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee that challenges implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Local & Regional
11:31 am
Wed February 19, 2014

National Teacher of 2013 to Speak at NSU

Jeffrey Charbonneau speaking at the 2013 National PTA Convention.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Last year's National Teacher of the Year is slated to speak this week at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

Thursday's appearance and speech by Jeffrey Charbonneau will help celebrate teaching in Tahlequah.

Charbonneau teaches chemistry, physics and engineering at Zillah High School in Zillah, Wash.

The school's celebration of teaching program assists public school students, especially minorities, to have early, positive experiences with college and those who educate teachers. 

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