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Oklahoma News Report

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Oklahoma News Report

September 28, 2009 (30:01)

As the number of Oklahoma child abuse cases continue to increase, the state is reassessing the policies and practices it has followed to determine when children should be removed from their parents. So far changes made to the system are showing a reduced number of repeat abuse cases. Emergency managers from across the state are meeting in Tulsa this week, for discussions on just how prepared the state is to deal with emergencies caused by mother-nature or man-made. Plans are also being reviewed on how the state can help people along the gulf coast as hurricane season reaches its height. The states first bear hunting season opens this week. Archery and muzzle-loader season begins Thursday in four southeastern counties. The limit for the season is 20 bears. There are an estimated 500 black bears statewide. O.U. head coach Bob Stoops says he doesn't know if Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford will be well enough to play in this weekend's game against Miami. Coach Stoops says he will make an announcement before game time. Tonight we talk one-on-one with Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She was in Oklahoma City last week to talk about one of her major projects, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Originally broadcast on September 28, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 25, 2009 (30:00)

Danny Rennels, former head of the Secondary Schools Activities Association pleads guilty to embezzlement charges. No prison time ordered instead more than $421,000 in restitution must be paid within a month. Relatives are paying the bill for Rennels who took the money to cover gambling debts. The 45th Infantry Museum unveils a new statue. It honors the life and service of Lieutenant Col. Ernest Childers who is a Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Students at McAlester High School have a new tool to explore the cosmos. Their own observatory which includes a computer-controlled 12-inch telescope. It took two years of effort by science teacher Phillip Scott to complete the project. Tonight we go In-Depth with debate from the floor of the U.S. Senate. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn tried to block spending any more money to acquire new federal lands until the nation takes care of maintenance at existing national parks. And in conjunction with the new Ken Burns documentary on the National Parks, we get a first look at a film that highlights one of Oklahoma's three national parks, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Originally broadcast on September 25, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 24, 2009 (30:00)

Swine flu has claimed another life in Oklahoma. State Health officials will say only that the victim was a teenager in Cleveland County who had underlying health problems. 67 Oklahomans have been hospitalized with the H1N1 flu strain with most of those in just the last week. Opening statements took all day as the long awaited Oklahoma lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry is now underway in Tulsa Federal Court. The state argues the poultry industry has knowingly been polluting a million acre river valley for decades. State Rep. Ryan Kiesel says he will introduce a bill that puts a five cent deposit on all beverage containers, including glass, aluminum and plastic. He says it will put extra cash in state coffers and reduce litter. A decision by the State Tax Commission to remove certain electric vehicles from a 1995 tax credit law has now produced a lawsuit. Ada Electric Cars sued the tax commission and its members saying the commission broke the law in making the changes to the tax credits. Devon Energy Corp. has given a $95-million line of credit to Oklahoma City, city government to help with a downtown makeover centered on the energy companies 50 story office tower project.

Originally broadcast on September 24, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 23, 2009 (30:01)

Plans for another 10 Commandments Monument, this time on the grounds of the LeFlore County Courthouse, have been put on hold. County Commissioners delayed action on the project until a ruling from the Supreme Court on a similar case. OETA's Jason Doyle talks with Oklahoma Bankers about a recent national study that gave the state got a "C" grade for its support of asset building by families. The report highlights programs that provide matching money for a family savings program. An interim study begins at the state capitol on the rating system used by consumers as a guide on which nursing homes do the best job of caring for the elderly or disabled. OETA's Cathy Tatom talks one-on-one with an icon of the civil rights movement in America and around the world. Dr. Richard Lapchick has championed racial equality in sports and through out society for decades. Fireworks dealers want the legislature to change the rules on burn bans issued by County Commissioners. The dealers claim the Commissioners don't always follow all the legal requirements before issuing bans that impact the fireworks business.

Originally broadcast on September 23, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 22, 2009 (30:01)

Originally broadcast on September 22, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 23, 2009 (30:01)

Originally broadcast on September 23, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 21, 2009 (30:00)

State and Federal railroad officials gathered in Oklahoma City today to explain to Oklahoma Transportation officials what it is going to take to tap into the billions of dollars set aside for high speed rail and other rail projects. The message was clear, form partnerships with other states or forget about getting the cash. The body of 1st Lt. David Wright II is back in Oklahoma. The Moore soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan along with several other members of his Stryker Unit. A procession led by a hearse that held his remains, made its way through central Oklahoma this afternoon. A new national study gives the state a grade of "C" for the financial stability of it families. The study concludes there is much more that policy makers could do to help the situation, namely invest more in education and increase access to health care. Historical markers, signs and new businesses are springing up along Route 66 in Oklahoma. The "mother road" is seeing increased traffic now in part because of higher fees on toll roads. The latest adoption offering of wild horses and burrows in Pauls Valley failed to attract one person. Federal officials in charge of the program blame the recession.

Originally broadcast on September 21, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 18, 2009 (30:00)

Tulsa Public School officials say the ongoing state budget cuts are forcing cutbacks throughout their system and teachers may be laid off. Tonight we focus on smaller school districts and how the budget cuts are impacting their operations. The EEOC has filed suit against Abercrombie and Fitch clothing store in Tulsa on behalf of a teenage Muslim girl who was reportedly refused employment because she wears a head scarf. The suit claims the girl was told the scarf violates the stores, "look policy". If you own a Pikepass, by next summer the small white box will be replaced with a RFID sticker. Turnpike Authority officials say it will reduce misread tolls and allows for agreements on tolls with Texas and Kansas. Another death from a meth lab explosion. Last month, 29-year old Michael Miller was burned in the explosion in Bartlesville. He died this week from those injuries in a Tulsa hospital. An In-Depth discussion with an official of Urban Neighbors, a group that is pushing for improved mass transit systems in central Oklahoma, about their view of the new MAPS 3 project which includes only a small portion of the funding for a electric trolley car system.

Originally broadcast on September 18, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 14, 2009 (30:01)

During an average week in Oklahoma, eight babies will die before their first birthday. A five state, three day conference is underway in Oklahoma City this week, looking for solutions to the infant mortality rate. One day before the latest state revenue figures are due out, state mental health officials are warning of impending cutbacks in services to as many as 65-thousand Oklahomans because of continued budget cuts. A former top aide to former Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Istook is expected to testify at the corruption trial of a former lobbyist. Both federal prosecutors and defense attorneys have already talked in open court about lobbyists "showering" Istook with contributions and free meals and trips for his top aide. Rural ambulance service in Oklahoma is in serious financial straights. In Skiatook, city officials are now asking that other municipalities that have been getting ambulance service for free start to pay their fair share. Some Oklahoma high schools now have new computer software to help coaches determine if one of their football players has suffered a concussion.

Originally broadcast on September 14, 2009

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Oklahoma News Report

September 11, 2009 (30:01)

On the 8th anniversary of 9-11, an Oklahoma terrorism expert says the day should serve as a reminder that the nation must remain vigilant in efforts to prevent future attacks. The Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court says he won't ask the board of Judicial Compensation to raise salaries because of the state's budget crisis. The Chief Justice says he has also trimmed the courts budget request for next fiscal year. The latest weekly rig count is out and the numbers went down in both the nation and Oklahoma. The state had five fewer rigs working this last week compared to the week before. She was born a year ago, but now Zoe has left the nursery and is living with the rest of the Chimpanzees at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Zoe is the first Chimp to be born at the zoo in 60 years.

Originally broadcast on September 11, 2009