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Oklahoma News Report

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Oklahoma News Report

April 1, 2010 (30:01)

The House Rules Committee has put on hold a resolution calling for the Attorney General to file suit to stop the new health care law from taking effect. Senate staffers have now been told they will have to take 12 unpaid furlough days or take voluntary buyouts. Meanwhile, the House has a reported $4-million dollar bank account balance. At his town hall meeting in Pryor, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn talked to Angela Rosecrans about Ethics and IRS complaints filed against him over low rent he pays for accommodations where he and other lawmakers live. At issue are artificially low rental payments because the property is listed as a church. Legislative committees have given approval to a pair of bills involving guns. One would allow people with licenses to openly carry guns, the other would exempt Oklahoma made weapons and ammunition from federal regulation.

Originally broadcast on April 1, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 30, 2010 (30:01)

The discovery of the bodies of a missing 7-year old Oklahoma girl and her stepfather apparently closes the case of a double murder-suicide. Aja Johnson was kidnapped by Lester Hobbs in late January. Their bodies were found in a car outside of Norman on Monday. Leaders from several Oklahoma Indian tribes are meeting in Tulsa today, to begin discussions on how to foster better relations with the Federal Government. State Budget cuts are forcing the closure of 17 child guidance centers run by the state Health Department. The centers worked with children who have speech, hearing, behavioral and developmental problems. The Oklahoma Blood Institute issues an urgent plea for donors. The states blood supply is at a critically low level, now down to less than a 2-day supply. The President signs into law a bill that not only finalizes the health care overhaul but makes the government the lender for all college loans. We talk with an expert on what that means for students.

Originally broadcast on March 30, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 29, 2010 (28:39)

The Office of Juvenile Affairs is looking at layoffs and employee buyouts at the L.E. Rader center to deal with ongoing budget cuts. The agency is trying to reduce the number of juveniles at the center to about 70. Attorney General Drew Edmondson is calling upon Congresswoman Mary Fallin to ratchet down the rhetoric against the health care law pointing to vandalism and threats against members of congress. Fallin in a speech today promised to block the law from going into effect in Oklahoma. Both are candidates for governor. A federal judge has turned down a request for access to secret CIA documents on the Oklahoma City bombing. Roadside food vendors are becoming very common place around the state. Now local health departments are cracking down and shutting down many of those food stands for health violations.

Originally broadcast on March 29, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 26, 2010 (28:39)

33-year old highway patrol trooper Barry Rowland of Bixby has pleaded no contest to charges he kicked a handcuffed woman. Rowland received a one year deferred sentence and resigned from the OHP. Grandfield public schools are the latest to go to a four day school week to save money. The move will save the district about $100,000 in salaries and 20% more on utility and transportation bills. The CSpan civic bus makes a stop in Oklahoma to hand out awards for documentaries produced by young filmmakers at Jenks High School, including top honors for junior Crystal Kayiza. We talk In-Depth with the head of the Oklahoma Historical Society about the new Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

Originally broadcast on March 26, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 25, 2010 (28:40)

Several bills to further restrict abortions have cleared a Senate committee. The measures originally were part of a bill was struck down by the state Supreme Court because there were combined into one measure. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee confirms that budget cuts will mean furloughs of senate staff probably after the end of the legislative session. A new report on the Oklahoma foster care system shows basic failures in caring for children who are victims of abuse or neglect. It was filed in an ongoing federal court lawsuit against DHS. Census officials are warning of a scam where people pass out bogus forms that ask for social security numbers. Six Oklahomans have reported finding the forms on their doorsteps.

Originally broadcast on March 25, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 24, 2010 (28:39)

State Rep. Rebecca Hamilton says she is concerned that her bill to make it illegal for women to sell their eggs is in trouble in the state Senate. She has now enlisted the support of anti-abortion activists to help lobby senators to move the bill along. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn says republicans can't stop the new health care law from taking effect, but they may be able to slow it down a bit. Coburn has introduced a number of amendments to the reconciliation bill. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has offered amendments also. His plan involves removing taxes on certain medical supplies. Using funds from a FEMA grant, a tornado shelter is being built at a Muskogee Public School. When not protecting students from severe weather, the safe room will house a computer class.

Originally broadcast on March 24, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 23, 2010 (27:39)

The state Senate has easily passed a resolution that would put to a vote of the people a measure that would allow the state to opt out of health care reform, signed into law today by President Obama. In Depth, Cathy Tatom talked to Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland about the implementation of the new health care law. A new poll shows that a majority of Oklahomans favors banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Three anti-abortion bills are headed to the House floor after passing out of committee. We'll learn about new gene therapies that can be applied directly to cells. Some big yellow school buses are going green. We'll show you how they are doing it.

Originally broadcast on March 23, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 22, 2010 (28:39)

Republicans in the state House and Senate are urging the attorney general to sue the United States to block the health care reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday night. In a Newsmaker Interview, we talked to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson about the health care bill and whether his office plans to join other state attorneys general in challenging the constitutionality of the health reform legislation. We previewed Monday night's Tulsa School Board meeting at which a proposal to cut 7% of the district's teaching positions was discussed. Meantime, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has announced a gift of almost three million dollars to benefit schools in northeastern Oklahoma. And on Sunup Clinton Griffiths featured another report on no-till farming.

Originally broadcast on March 22, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 19, 2010 (22:38)

Cathy Tatom told us an increase in oil and natural gas prices may affect the affordability of housing in Oklahoma, as home values are increasing. U.S. Senator Tom Coburn has introduced legislation that would prevent automatic Congressional pay raises until the federal budget is balanced. Meningitis vaccines are underway for all students and staff in the Oologah-Talala School District. Angela Rosecrans went to the Tulsa Zoo, where hundreds of families were spending the last day of spring break enjoying the weather and a new exhibit. In Depth, we interviewed humorist Preacher Moss, in Oklahoma City for the annual Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet. In our Oklahoma Horizon franchise segment we met a metal sculptor in Medicine Park.

Originally broadcast on March 19, 2010

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Oklahoma News Report

March 18, 2010 (22:37)

Just how open is government in Oklahoma? As part of the ongoing special series of reports during Sunshine Week, we examine where government is doing a good job of providing access and where improvement is needed. The EPA is launching a study into the practice of hydraulic fracturing. It's a process used by natural gas producers to extract supplies from shale formations. We talk In-Depth with Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony. The city of Tulsa is launching a new program to comply with requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and several other communities are making application to take part in the new super high speed internet test system being developed by Google.

Originally broadcast on March 18, 2010