Bill to rename lake named for Tulsa Klansman sinks

SB 937 would have changed the name of Lake Hudson in Mayes County to Lake Markham, in honor of a family that helped settle the area around the Grand River in the 1840s.
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Lawsuit: Officer who killed fleeing Bixby teen last summer had been fired previously for being ‘unfit for duty’

The officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting. The lawsuit claims he “repeatedly violated departmental policy" and had been fired from a prior law enforcement job.
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As federal background check legislation passes, gun laws in Oklahoma loosen

On the same day U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn voted in favor of federal background check expansion on gun purchases, Oklahoma loosened its restrictions on gun ownership.
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State begins seeking private vendors for SoonerCare eligibility checks required by new law

Because the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is still awaiting responses to the request for proposals, the agency is unable to say how the SoonerCare eligibility determination process would change.
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As legislative deadline nears, poultry house regulation bill declared ‘dead’ by author

The bill requiring poultry house setbacks had been assigned to the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, which was scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon. But the meeting was cancelled by the committee's chairman Rep. Dell Kerbs, R-Shawnee, before the bill could be heard.
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Jury find defendant guilty in Oklahoma City bomb sting trial

In closing arguments, Varnell’s attorney Marna Franklin painted a picture of Varnell as a lonely, troubled young man who was easily influenced by government agents to take part in the bomb plot.
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Testimony: Mom claims accused bomb maker suffered from delusional thinking since high school

Defendant's family says he didn't have a job or a car and could never have pulled off a terrorist bomb plot without encouragement from the FBI.
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State water board approves water quality variance rule opposed by environmental groups

A separate rule that would have lowered the permitted amount of the chemical selenium in most rivers and stream was withdrawn after the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality opposed the stricter requirements.
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Informant takes the witness stand in Oklahoma City bomb sting trial

The FBI paid a man more than $23,000 to participate in sting operation against accused bomb maker Jerry Drake Varnell, according to testimony in a federal trial on Wednesday.
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Grand River Dam Authority Police to get body, vehicle and boat cameras

The GRDA’s board of directors unanimously approved a $476,295 contract for the devices with body camera manufacturer WatchGuard during the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday in Tulsa.
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