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10:00 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Trial delayed for man charged in 1983 Oklahoma death

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a Canadian man charged in the 1983 killing of an Oklahoma college student.

Suhail Shanti's April trial was postponed and online court records posted Friday night show a September 10th trial date is now scheduled.

Shanti has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Mohamed Ayman Al-Zein.

Both men were students at what is now Carl Albert State College in Poteau at the time of the slaying. Shanti was free on bond when he didn't show up for his 1984 trial.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Miss Edmond LibertyFest wins Miss Oklahoma title

Miss Oklahoma- Alicia Clifton
Tulsa Kiwanis

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 20-year-old broadcast journalism major has won the 2012 title of Miss Oklahoma.

Pageant spokeswoman Mollie Collins says Alicia Clifton — who competed as Miss Edmond LibertyFest — was crowned Saturday night. Collins says Clifton is a junior at the University of Oklahoma who emphasized a platform of "lifelong volunteerism." The Oklahoma City resident won a $16,000 scholarship.

Miss Oklahoma State Fair, 24-year-old Damaris Pierce, was the first-runner up. She won $7,000.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Republicans, Democrats vie for Oklahoma's 3rd District

Frank Lucas
File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says his influence as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is the prime reason he should be re-elected to an 11th term representing the state's 3rd Congressional District.

Lucas faces William Craig Stump for the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary.

Democrats Timothy Ray Murray and Frankie Robbins are competing for their party's nomination in the November general election. Independent candidate William Sanders of Stillwater will also appear on the general election ballot.

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Local & Regional
9:25 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Tribal council supports 2 tribes water rights

Lake Thunderbird near Norman
State Impact-Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes has passed a resolution supporting the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations in their dispute with the state of Oklahoma over water.

The two tribes filed a federal lawsuit against the state in August — seeking to maintain control of the water in southeastern Oklahoma. The lawsuit has been stayed while the two sides work with a court-appointed mediator.

The Oklahoman reports that the council approved the resolution during a meeting Friday in Norman.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Sat June 9, 2012

OKlahoma Prisoners Test Positive for Tuberculosis

KWGS File photo

BOLEY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials say two inmates have tested positive for tuberculosis and are being treated in isolation.

Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/MqQ9Nw) the two male prisoners from the John Lilley Correctional Center are being evaluated at Lindsay Municipal Hospital.

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Local & Regional
7:49 am
Sat June 9, 2012

Amber Alert Canceled for Oklahoma Girl, 2, in Carjacking

SPENCER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff Office has issued an Amber alert for a 2-year-old girl who was inside a vehicle when it was carjacked. The girl was found safe about 2:30 Saturday morning. The search continues for the suspect.

In the alert sent to media organizations early Saturday, authorities say Taleah Hill was inside the Chevy when it was stolen and seen leaving a residence in Spencer around 11:20 p.m. Friday.

They say the suspect was 18 to 25 and last seen wearing a black t-shirt and a blue bandanna.

Local & Regional
7:43 am
Sat June 9, 2012

AG Signs Enforcement Papers on Tribal Casino

KWGS File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has signed an enforcement agreement with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians over a tribal casino in Tahlequah.

The agreement signed Friday requires the tribe to pay $2 million in damages and secure federal acceptance of the casino's land into trust by the end of July or cease gaming operations.

The Keetoowah tribe opened the casino in 1986 before the federal government determined whether the land was Indian land. Under state law, casinos on non-Indian land are illegal.

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Local & Regional
7:39 am
Sat June 9, 2012

Governor Signs Final Bills from 2012 Session

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law the last 20 bills adopted by the 2012 Oklahoma Legislature and vetoed three others.

Fallin disposed of the remaining bills from the legislative session on Friday. Lawmakers convened on February 6th and adjourned on May 25th.

Local & Regional
7:07 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Oklahoma AG Appeals off-label Abortion Drug Ruling

Scott Pruitt
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he's appealing a judge's ruling that struck down an Oklahoma law restricting the off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

District Judge Donald Worthington last month invalidated the 2011 law, saying it violated a woman's fundamental right to privacy and bodily integrity. .

But Pruitt said Thursday the judge ruled the Oklahoma Constitution contains a right to an abortion, a right never before recognized in any Oklahoma court.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Chesapeake Shareholders to Meet with Board, Execs --- Live Blogging at State Impact

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shareholders of the nation's second largest natural gas producer are preparing to meet with its board of directors and executives amid concerns that the CEO's personal financial activities may have created a conflict of interest.

Shareholders of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. will meet with company officials Friday during Chesapeake's annual shareholder's meeting.

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