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Oklahoma News Report

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Oklahoma News Report

August 27, 2010 (28:39)

The former auditor for the Commissioners of the Land Office, has pleaded guilty to 174 counts of embezzlement. Attorneys for Robert Melson described him as a “gamblaholic” who took more than a million dollars to feed his habit. 90 Oklahoma public schools are now on the school improvement list. That is more than double the number from a year ago. Schools get on the list for failing to meet testing benchmarks. The candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction meet in Duncan to answer questions in a private invitation only forum. Another movie is set to begin production, this time in Bartlesville. Producers are tight lipped about the stars but rumors abound that Ben Affleck will star in the movie. Lots of Oklahoma extras are also needed for this production.

Originally broadcast on August 27, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 26, 2010 (28:39)

The state Board of Education grants probationary accreditation to White Oak schools which has bolstered its tiny enrollment to nearly 1,000 students. They did it by hiring a private company that enrolls students in the district from across the state for classes on-line. The trial of accused Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland will begin next month as planned. A district judge refused to dismiss 1st degree murder charges against Ersland and rejected defense attorney requests for a delay in the trial.

Originally broadcast on August 26, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 25, 2010 (28:39)

A massive round-up of alleged gang members in Tulsa and other parts of Northeast Oklahoma. 163 people in custody. The round-up may become a national model. The recall of eggs tainted with salmonella hasn’t hit Oklahoma, yet. We meet a man who has found it profitable to go back to the “old ways” of running a chicken farm and in the process reduce the risk of facing an egg recall. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe making national news by blasting Arizona Senator John McCain, calling him a “closet liberal”. We also talk with the senator about runoff elections this week in Oklahoma and what it means for republican candidates. BOK Financial Corp. is facing a lawsuit accusing the bank holding company of manipulating electronic transactions to maximize overdraft fees. Preserving History: The land run of 1913? There was one and we focus on the effort to save the historical elements of an event that helped settle eastern Oklahoma.

Originally broadcast on August 25, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 24, 2010 (28:40)

The state Supreme Court rules the challenge to a new fee on Health Care insurance companies is unconstitutional. The decision is being hailed by republican lawmakers and Think Tanks. Governor Henry pointed out the decision leaves a major hole in the states budget well into 2011. Noted University of Oklahoma Economist Robert Dauffenbach says the state is on the verge of an employment recovery. He says the recovery would be even quicker if natural gas prices increased. Hundreds of Tulsa children loaded up today with free school supplies thanks to the School Bell program. That program also supplied them with the uniforms that many public schools now require. A discussion with Perry Hudson, the defense attorney who took on the case of James Fisher. A man who spent 27 years on death row in Oklahoma who was set free in part on the condition that he leave Oklahoma and never return.

Originally broadcast on August 24, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 23, 2010 (28:38)

The State Supreme Court hears the two sides of a case that could punch a huge hole in the current state budget. The court will decide if Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland’s claim is correct, that a law creating a new fee on Health Insurance companies is unconstitutional. It’s been one year since the body of 61-year old Carol Daniels was found inside a small Anadarko Church. The OSBI says it has few leads in the case. Ms. Daniels body was slashed and stabbed numerous times. A private prison that is home to more than 2,000 Oklahoma inmates is now telling the state it may have to take them back. Corrections Corp of America is trying to win a federal contract to house inmates because the Federal Government pays more than the state. What do Oklahomans think of Islam and do they believe President Obama is a Muslim? Informal surveys indicate the majority think he is a Muslim and he has an approval rating in Oklahoma of below 30%.

Originally broadcast on August 23, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 20, 2010 (28:39)

3,500 soldiers from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat team will be deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. The troops have been in training for months now, expecting to get that deployment order. It is the largest deployment of Oklahoma National Guard since the Korean War. The last Arizona prison escapee and his fiancée are now in custody, arrested at an Arizona campground. He is a suspect in the murder of an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico. This summer, a group of teenagers endured triple digit heat day after day to give something back to their community, doing good deeds. Their story tonight on the ONR. A group of Oklahoma seniors spend part of their day learning how to be safer drivers, and to ensure their vehicles are in good shape for the road.

Originally broadcast on August 20, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 19, 2010 (28:41)

The city of Tulsa is going to court to try and win the right to privatize collection of city sales taxes. Tulsa city officials were upset with a new state law that mandates all sales taxes are collected by the state and cities and towns are reimbursed later. A new national study shows Oklahoma has the highest average of abuse of prescription pain relievers in the nation. Parents with children in the Broken Arrow School District are upset that they are not being allowed to view a state audit of the school district. Members of the school board are being briefed on the audit’s findings but actual public release of the document won’t come until next month. Two major fund raising events occur this week in Oklahoma. Former jail inmates are taking part in the MDA “arrest” program for the first time. And the biggest annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society begins Friday, with the 2010 Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Originally broadcast on August 19, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 18, 2010 (28:40)

Another Oklahoma soldier killed fighting a war, has returned home to be laid to rest. The remains of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald Wann of Shawnee were flown into Tulsa today. He was killed when his helicopter was shot down, in 1971 in Vietnam. A federal judge has dismissed claims by Terry Nichols that it is cruel and unusual punishment to eat prison food and not fresh fruits and vegetables. Next Tuesday, republican voters in the states 5th Congressional District will choose a nominee for the November general election. We talk with ONR Special Contributor Shawn Ashley from iVote about the runoff campaign between Kevin Calvey and James Lankford. American teenagers are showing a marked hearing loss. We talk with experts about what is going on and how to help your teenager avoid damaging their hearing for life.

Originally broadcast on August 18, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 17, 2010 (28:42)

The execution of Jeffrey Matthews was halted just hours before it was to occur today when an Oklahoma City Federal Judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the execution. The ruling came after State Corrections officials moved to substitute one of three drugs used to execute death row inmates. We get an inside look at a course taught at the FAA Center in Oklahoma City, on how to survive and airplane crash. As it turns out, there are simple things air travelers can do to increase their chances of surviving a crash. A clear warning to consumers as store fronts are springing up across the state, before you sell your gold and silver jewelry make sure you know what you have and who you are doing business with. Store owners are also being warned to watch out for criminals hoping to turn a quick buck by selling stolen items. And a conversation with the President of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, listed as one of the best higher education bargains in the country.

Originally broadcast on August 17, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

August 16, 2010 (28:40)

An Oklahoma County District Judge clears the way for the states first virtual charter school to go into business. Epic One on One Charter School plans to offer on-line instruction for kindergarten through 12th grade. The Chickasaw Nation is now running TV ads, to make its case for statewide discussions on how to use Oklahoma’s water supplies. The tribe is making it clear it has claims to water rights, especially Sardis Lake which Oklahoma City plans to put to use for a metro water supply. Governor Henry and the 1st Lady are raising money to help fund expansion of Community Health Centers which largely serve those who have no health insurance. The Community Health Centers are seen as part of the future for improving access to health care. How satisfied are you with your current job? A question many people may be asking themselves right now while still facing few options for a new job. We talk with an expert about job satisfaction and what it means for employers and employees in the current economy.

Originally broadcast on August 16, 2010