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Promised Land: Venezuelan Jewish converts reach Israel

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:33:07 GMT

It's not quite Moses' 40 years in the desert, but for nine struggling Venezuelan converts to Judaism, their tortuous journey to a better life in the promised land finally brought them to Israel on Thursday. They paused inside the arrivals hall of Israel's international airport for a prayer before being whisked into a minibus and taken to an immigration absorption center - a tidy, low-slung building with simple beds - in an Israeli desert city.

Peruvian parish with Oklahoma ties needs funds to aid flood victims

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:54:29 GMT

A woman is pulled to safety in a zip line harness Friday due to flooding caused by intense rains in Lima and other areas of the coastal region of Peru. [AP Photo] Metro-area Oklahomans are raising awareness about the need for monetary donations to help victims of flooding in an area of Peru with Oklahoma ties.

Oklahoma lawmaker charged with child prostitution resigns

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:02:11 GMT

In this March 16, 2017, file photo, provided by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in Norman Okla., shows Ralph Shortey. The FBI in Oklahoma City confirmed Monday, March 20, 2017, it is investigating Shortey, a Republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.

Oklahoma lawmaker charged with child prostitution resigns

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:02:10 GMT

This March 16, 2017, file photo, provided by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in Norman, Okla., shows Ralph Shortey, a Republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy. His attorney said Monday, March 20, 2017, that Shortey plans to resign his seat by Wednesday evening.

Oklahoma Lawmaker Charged With Child Prostitution Resigns

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:02:09 GMT

An Oklahoma legislator charged with hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex resigned on Wednesday, saying he didn't want to be a distraction to his fellow lawmakers. Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey was arrested last week on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church.

Oklahoma House approves bill banning abortions because of genetic abnormalities

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:42:17 GMT

According to the legislation, any doctor who knowingly violates the law would be liable for damages and risk losing his or her medical license. The bill also places fines of $10,000 on any person who attempts an abortion in violation of the law.

Controversial anti-abortion bill passes out of Oklahoma House

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:50 GMT

House Bill 1549 would ban abortions due to genetic abnormalities or Down Syndrome. It would also hold physicians who violate this measure liable.

Oklahoma Sooners Baseball: Missed opportunities doom the Sooners in...

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:44:07 GMT

The Oklahoma Sooners left stranded 10 runners on Tueday night - including several runners in scoring position - and fell short by a score of 4-3 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater. Final: No.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol announces plans to begin profiling missing person cases

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:30:52 GMT

OHP, the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System will begin profiling unidentified person cases involving collision drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, spanning the last 44 years. The goal of highlighting the collision cases where the occupant's identity is unknown will be to attempt to identify a living relative and return the unidentified person's remains back to the family.

Former Oklahoman arts editor Rick Rogers dies

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:54:40 GMT

"Rick Rogers covered the OKC Philharmonic since its inception. He was a dear friend and we managed to remain so for 30 years.

Mary Fallin praises Oklahoma Senate for passing of 8 criminal justice measures

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:30:02 GMT

The Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force, which was convened by the governor last year, recommended these reforms after studying the data and facts of the criminal justice system in Oklahoma, and the governor asked lawmakers to consider them in her State of the State. "These historic votes will improve public safety in Oklahoma, and save our state $1.9 billion," said Fallin.

What to do in Oklahoma on March 21, 2017: Spend 'An Evening with Dawes' at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:12:19 GMT

The California-based band is touring in support of its latest album, the acclaimed "We're All Gonna Die," released Sept. 16 on the group's own HUB Records.

Oklahoma wildfire destroys 9 homes, forces evacuations

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:31:37 GMT

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Front Brings Showers, Cooler Temps To Eastern Oklahoma

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:21:14 GMT

After some record high temps yesterday afternoon across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, a weak front will move across the area later today bringing a few spotty showers or storms followed by a brief yet noticeable cool down Wednesday. A much stronger storm system will arrive Thursday night into Friday with a much higher chance of showers and storms followed by a minor cool-down Saturday.

Oklahoma Legislature tackles criminal justice reform measures

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:09:31 GMT

A bill that would allow some nonviolent inmates to be eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of their sentences sailed through the House of Representatives Monday and is now headed for the Senate. House Bill 2286 passed the House 81-3 without debate.

FBI, Secret Service join investigation of Oklahoma senator

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:12:26 GMT

Oklahoma prosecutors have filed child prostitution charges against Shortey, a Republican state senato... Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of Penn State's former president on charges that his response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal put children at risk. A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires on several homes blocks away.

Oklahoma Vice: Letter from blind man serving life for drug charges

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:50:32 GMT

Legally blind and serving life without parole for drug-related charges, Paul Rice, whose nickname is "Sunday Paul," according to the Department of Corrections website, said he has not recieved a visitor in 19 years. A former colleague of mine, Jennifer Palmer, who now works for Oklahoma Watch , contacted Rice for this story she wrote about the then 51 inmates serving life without parole for drug charges.