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  • Pharmacist who claimed self-defense seeks sentence reduction

    04/19/2018 12:14:32 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2018 | Tim Talley
    A former Oklahoma pharmacist is seeking a reduction of the life prison sentence he received for shooting a teenage would-be robber to death nine years ago, but legal experts say actions that many consider vigilantism leave little chance the request will be granted.
  • Huge wildfire out of control western OK

    04/17/2018 2:21:28 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 47 replies
    extremely dry with wind guts to 50 MPH live shot from air from ground
  • Schultz: MSNBC Fired Me Because They Were 'In the Tank for Hillary' and I Supported Bernie

    04/17/2018 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | April 17, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz opened up in a recent interview about why he believes he was fired in 2015. Schultz, who’s now anchor of a show on RT, told National Review‘s Jamie Weinstein that he believes it was because he supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which was problematic, he charged, because the network was “in the tank for Hillary Clinton.”He described how MSNBC chief Phil Griffin was a "watchdog" who closely managed which stories were covered, and relayed one incident where his story about Sanders’s launch of his campaign was bumped in favor of other news. Sanders gave his official campaign...
  • Thunder announcer suspended one game after racially insensitive comment about Russell Westbrook

    04/15/2018 4:26:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jack Maloney
    The play-by-play announcer said Westbrook was 'out of his cotton-picking mind' The Oklahoma City Thunder suspended play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for one game following his racially insensitive comment about Thunder star Russell Westbrook. During the Thunder's final regular-season game on Wednesday night, Davis said that Westbrook was "out of his cotton-picking mind" following a nifty assist by the guard.
  • Syria strikes: Democrats demand congressional approval for further military action

    04/14/2018 7:29:42 AM PDT · by MNDude · 78 replies
    She added though “The Constitution gives Congress the power to authorize military action. If @realDonaldTrump wants to expand American military involvement in Syria’s civil war, he must seek approval from Congress – & provide a comprehensive strategy with clear goals & a plan to achieve them.” Her comments were echoed by Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who said “I’m deeply concerned that President Trump continues to conduct military operations without any comprehensive strategy or the necessary congressional authorization.”
  • Evacuations underway as wildfires burn across more than 120K acres in Oklahoma

    04/13/2018 8:12:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 13, 2018
    Wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma have burned more than 120,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbaur said Friday that the fire has destroyed several homes near Woodward, about 125 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. He says no injuries have been reported. CBS News affiliate KOTV reports the Oklahoma Forestry Service says an "historic fire danger" is spanning across most of the state. The public has been advised to avoid outdoor burning and grilling due to high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. The governor has issued a burn ban for...
  • Senate ready to change the rules to speed up Trump nominees......

    04/10/2018 10:12:51 PM PDT · by caww · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans, frustrated by delaying tactics imposed by Democrats on President Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, are on the verge of altering the Senate rules in order to speed up the process. GOP lawmakers told the Washington Examiner Tuesday that momentum is building for a change in the Senate rules that would shorten the time frame allowed for lawmakers to debate each nominee. One proposal by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., would reinstate a temporary rules change made by Democrats in 2013 that reduced debate time from 30 hours to eight hours for most executive branch nominations and from 30...
  • Arkansas sailor killed aboard USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor attack identified

    04/10/2018 1:53:56 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 9 replies
    KFOR ^ | Posted 3:35 pm, April 10, 2018 | by Associated Press
    <p>WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – An Arkansas sailor who died during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will be honored after his remains are brought home this summer.</p> <p>Glenn Tipton was killed aboard the USS Oklahoma, a battleship that capsized in the attack by Japanese aircraft.</p>
  • Turnpike Authority responds to Oklahoma representative’s bill calling for yearly audit

    04/09/2018 10:35:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | January 11, 2018 | Dylan Brown
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma representative says that she has filed legislation this week that would increase the financial scrutiny given to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. House Bill 2530 would require the state auditor and inspector to perform an audit of the Turnpike Authority at least once every two years. “Taxpayers deserve to know where their hard-earned money is going,” Rep. Tess Teague said. “The Turnpike Authority has an annual budget of nearly $100 million, and lawmakers owe it to Oklahomans to track those dollars closely.” The legislation dictates that the audit will take no more than 90 days....
  • How To Fix Public Education In 24 Hours

    04/07/2018 5:02:29 PM PDT · by alexandriagreen · 23 replies
    Reclaiming America For Christ ^ | April 2018 | Paul Blair
    Instead of handing $13,240 a student to the State Department of Education and trusting them to manage it (which they obviously aren’t doing well), put that money into an educational savings account controlled by the family (it’s the people’s money anyway) that could only be spent on education Then let all schools, public and private, compete for the best teachers and compete to earn clients (students) by the quality of their product. If parents want their children to be taught social justice, climate change and transgenderism, they can send their kids to those schools. For parents that prefer quality reading,...
  • Here’s Why Teachers Are Still Walking Out Despite $6000 Raises

    04/04/2018 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 93 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 2, 2018 | Kevin Whiteley
    Thousands of Oklahoma teachers walked out of school Monday and protested at the state capitol for higher salaries and increased funding. Oklahoma legislators approved a $6,100 raise for state teachers across the board in an attempt to evade the walk-out, but teachers proceeded with the protest, NBC News reported. “My niece sits on the floor in her middle school English class in Moore, Oklahoma, because they’re overloaded into the class and don’t have enough furniture,” Edmond Public Schools elementary teacher Carrie Akins told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “My son in ninth grade had to get an override on his...
  • Thousands of teachers seize Oklahoma capitol building to demand education funding

    04/03/2018 1:03:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | April 3, 2018 | By CLAYTON SANDELL BILL HUTCHINSON
    Thousands of determined and boisterous Oklahoma teachers seized every floor of their state capitol building Tuesday vowing not to leave until lawmakers loosen the purse strings on education funding. In a show of force, educators stayed out of classrooms throughout the state for a second day and said in unison that they will continue their walkout until the Republican-dominated legislature substantially boosts money for school resources. "We'll be back on Wednesday!" chanted the teachers. Many of them were holding signs reading, "Let's Start Funding" and "Fund our Future."
  • ‘Today’ Hypes Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, Despite Record Pay Raise

    04/03/2018 5:17:43 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Today breathlessly made the teacher walkout in Oklahoma and other states its “top story” this morning, touting the “wildfire” as “thousands are rising up and walking out.” The reporter on the ground in Oklahoma claimed it’s “turning out to be more than a protest, but a movement,” and host Hoda Kotb billed it as “a powerful movement that’s sweeping the country.” A clip showed a student claiming that the walkout is “all for us.” Except it’s not. It’s really about teachers demanding higher salaries, though some window dressing has been added about increasing overall school funding. One inconvenient fact that...
  • Oklahoma teachers go on strike and rally at state Capitol

    04/02/2018 8:00:07 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 69 replies ^ | 04/02/2018 | unknown
    Teachers carried signs and marched during a rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday calling for higher wages. Last week, the legislature in Oklahoma City voted to give teachers an average raise of $6,000 per year, or roughly 16 percent, depending on experience. Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, signed the package into law, but teachers said it was not enough. They have asked for a $10,000 raise as well as additional funding for schools and raises for support staff like bus drivers and custodians.
  • Oklahoma teachers walk off job over pay, shut schools statewide

    04/02/2018 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 2, 2018 | by Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
    Oklahoma teachers walked off the job on Monday, closing schools statewide as they demanded salary rises for some of the lowest-paid educators in the United States and more funds for a school system reeling from a decade of budget cuts. “We’re walking because our students deserve more,” the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s largest union for educators with about 40,000 members, said over the weekend. Oklahoma’s Republican-controlled legislature last week approved the state’s first major tax increase in a quarter century to help fund pay raises for teachers, hoping to avert a strike with a $450 million revenue package. The...
  • Over a dozen states join Trump’s lawsuit against “Sanctuary State” California

    03/28/2018 7:41:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 3-28-2018 | Leslie Eastman
    Earlier this month, we noted that California faced a lawsuit from the Department of Justice over its new status as a “Sanctuary State“. Several red and purple states have now boarded this particular “Trump Train”. Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California’s so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally. California’s laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement but the state does not have that authority, the other states said in a court filing in the U.S....
  • Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Day rally Monday, March 26th at the Capitol

    03/25/2018 6:17:01 AM PDT · by aragorn · 18 replies
    Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association ^ | March 21, 2018 | Don Spencer
    The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association will hold a 2nd Amendment Day rally Monday, March 26th. Be at the Oklahoma State Capitol for the rally of the year. We will meet at noon on the 4th floor Rotunda to let our legislators know we want our rights back that should have NEVER been taken away. We will meet at noon on the 4th floor Rotunda to let our legislators know we want our rights back that should have NEVER been taken away. Remember, we must speak to these legislators respectfully. We can be assertive and respectful at the same time. Raising...
  • Mum, 45, who married daughter, 26, after two ‘hit it off’ gets two years in prison

    03/16/2018 5:57:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    The Advitiser ^ | March 14, 2018 | Matthew Martinez
    AN OKLAHOMA mother who married her daughter after the two “hit it off” was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to incest. Patricia Ann Spann, 45, of Norman, Okla., pleaded guilty to the felony offence and admitted she married her biological daughter, 26-year-old Misty Velvet Dawn Spann. She must also register as a sex offender after her release from prison, the Oklahoman reported. Spann accepted a plea deal and was also sentenced to eight years on probation and fined $US1,500 ($1,904). The Duncan Police Department was informed of the incestuous marriage by an employee with the...
  • Irish Prime minister to challenge Pence on Gay marriage views

    03/12/2018 3:38:35 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 40 replies
    Irish Independent ^ | 12th March 2018 | Phillip Ryan
    TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned Irish whiskey could be targeted as part of the escalating trade war between the US and the EU. Speaking on the first day of his week-long visit to the US, Mr Varadkar said when he hears the EU threaten to put import tariffs on US bourbon, it concerns him that Irish whiskey could also be hit with tariffs. “When I hear bourbon whiskey I think the next response could be tariffs against Irish whiskey,” he said. Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Mr Varadkar warned that a cross-Atlantic...
  • Oklahoma man found at casino after faking own kidnapping, asking wife for ransom money, police say

    03/08/2018 5:18:39 AM PST · by DFG · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/08/2018 | Stephen Sorace
    The plot for the next "Ocean's 11" sequel? Maybe not. An Oklahoma man was arrested at a Tulsa casino last week for allegedly faking his own kidnapping in order to collect ransom payments from his wife and friends, authorities said. Jonathon Michael Davis, 34, of Owasso, had been missing for three days when his wife reported him missing, according to the Owasso Reporter. She said she had received text messages from her husband's cellphone, purportedly from her husband's captor, police told the newspaper.