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Oklahoma prison suit brought back to Life

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A lawsuit alleging Oklahoma prisons are so overcrowded and under-staffed that it has created a dangerous situation for inmates has new life. A 3 judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver reversed a decision by an Oklahoma City federal judge who threw out the suit. Oklahoma's correctional system spent years under control of the federal courts for similar conditions.

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AG Pruitt steps into prayer and sports at public schools

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In a formal legal opinion Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says a new policy prohibiting public prayer at playoff events is overly broad. The policy was put in place by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

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Halliburton offering deals to settle pollution suit

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Halliburton is moving to settle up with as many people as possible over lawsuits involving the companies acknowledged pollution of water wells in Duncan. The pollution involved ammonium perchlorate which was from spent rocket fuel the company burned in open pits for decades. 83 people who sued the company have so far agreed to the deal.

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Jim Thorpe's body will remain in Pennsylvania

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the son's of Jim Thorpe and Indian tribes to remove the remains of Jim Thorpe from Pennsylvania. The justices left in place a court order that Thorpe's remains stay in the town that bears his name.

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Ceremonial signing ends native american lawsuit

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This week leaders of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations will sign an agreement ending a nearly decade long lawsuit with the federal government over mismanagement of 1.3 million acres of timber lands in southeastern and south-central Oklahoma. U.S. Secretary of the Department of Interior Sally Jewell will be in Durant for the ceremonial event.

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Two new anti-abortion laws challenged in court

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A pair of new anti-abortion laws are being challenged in court before they take effect. One measure bans second-trimester abortions the other triples the states mandatory waiting period from 24 to 72 hours. The lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights alleges both laws violate women's constitutional rights.

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Appeals Court blocks Oklahoma executions

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There will be no executions carried out in Oklahoma until the state investigates a mistake that was made in the drugs used to carry out the death penalty. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued the stay order and said it wants regular updates on the progress of the investigation.

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Oklahoma paychecks not increasing

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The personal income of Oklahomans did not increase in the second quarter of the year. Oklahoma was the only state to record no growth. Nationally personal income increased by 0.9 percent.

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Oklahoma's economy continues to slow down

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The Mid-American Business Conditions index shows the states economy continues to slowdown along with the economies of other states in our region. The overall index dropped from 49.6 in August to 47.7 last month. Any score under 50 represents a declining economy. The September Business Conditions Index for Oklahoma slumped below growth neutral for a fifth straight month.

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Corrections Board meets over execution drugs

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The day after Governor Fallin stayed the execution of Richard Glossip the Oklahoma Board of Corrections is meeting in McAlester to discuss why the wrong drug was purchased for Glossips planned execution. Fallin issued a 37 day stay for state officials to figure out what happened. Meanwhile two other upcoming executions are still planned to occur.

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Tulsa County Sheriff resigns

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Following indictment by a grand jury, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced through his attorney that is resigning the post. A specific date for his departure was not given. The grand jury indicted Glanz on two misdemeanor charges but also recommended that he be removed from office.

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Earthquakes cause power outage in Cushing

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The lights went out twice in Cushing Thursday evening because of earthquakes. A 4.0 quake struck first just after 8:00 pm and was followed by a 3.4 quake about 45 minutes later. The shaking caused breakers to flip at a sub-station that is powered by the communities own power plant. The USGS reports 27 2.5 or greater earthquakes in the Cushing area over the last 30 days.

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Oklahoma Teacher shortage

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The state Department of Education has approved more than 800 emergency teaching certificates to fill classrooms that don't have teachers. The certificates allow people to teach even though they have not completed their own basic higher education and training requirements. Meanwhile the SDE has created a 60 member Teacher Shortage Task Force that is to have final recommendations ready by fall.

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Another Oklahoma anti-abortion bill challenged in court

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A New York abortion rights group is going back to court to block another new anti-abortion law. The law is set to go into effect on November 1st. The Center for Reproductive Rights argues the law violates the constitutions single subject rule,.

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State challenges new Glossip evidence

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Lawyers for the state have challenged new evidence in the murder conviction of Richard Glossip saying new witness testimony is "inherently suspect." Meanwhile attorneys for Glossip now say one of Oklahoma's preferred execution drugs is available if the state would just look for it.

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