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Behenna release energizes church
On March 20, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing a purported Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq.
Friday afternoon, after his lawyers and his family members pursued appeals, clemency and parole, after countless individuals sent Michael letters, put money in his prison account, contributed to his defense fund, wrote members of Congress, rode motorcycles in a rally of support or prayed for Michael, the Edmond soldier will be coming home.
Last month, Michael called family members to tell them he had been granted parole and he would be released March 14.
Oklahoma Catholics seek legal relief from Obamacare mandate
Local Catholic leaders are plaintiffs in a new lawsuit seeking relief from a federal rule forcing employers to provide insurance covering contraception.
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City spokeswoman Tina Dzurisin said the Catholic Benefits Association filed suit Wednesday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Dzurisin said the association represents nearly 200 Catholic employers and 19,000 employees nationwide.
Other plaintiffs include The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Inc., All Saints Catholic School in Oklahoma and Catholic organizations in Kansas, Maryland and North Carolina.
Obama refuses permit for Keystone XL pipeline with delay
With 2,000 days past since TransCanada made its first application to permit the construction of the transnational Keystone XL pipeline, Congressman James Lankford criticized the Obama administration for keeping the issue in limbo.
“Permitting seems to be a very difficult task for this Administration,” said Lankford, R-Edmond.
VIDEO: First month of Colorado pot legalization brought in $2M in tax revenue
The first month of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado brought in about $2 million in tax revenue, the first indicator of the earning potential of the U.S.’s premier legal pot market.
VIDEO: Aftermath of NYC building collapse
Footage from the New York Daily News shows firefighters responding to a building collapse at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem. At least 11 minor injuries had been reported late Wednesday morning.
Holder: Heroin deaths an 'urgent and growing public health crisis'
Attorney General Eric Holder, calling the rise in deaths from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers an "urgent and growing public health crisis," is outlining a series of efforts by the Justice Department to combat the epidemic.
VIDEO: Michigan woman's death, mummified body hidden by auto-pay for six years
The mummified body of a Michigan woman was discovered in the backseat of her car approximately six years after her death. The body was only found after the bank that foreclosed on the home ordered work on the property.
Patton moves east for new corrections gig
In Robert C. Patton, Oklahoma is getting a new corrections director from Arizona who is more than willing to use private prisons as a means to deal with inmate overcrowding.
“I’m a (prison) bed manager. I’ll tell the policy makers I need beds, and if I can convince them that I need beds, then it’s their jobs on whether it’s public or private,” said Patton, whose first day as Oklahoma Corrections Department director began Tuesday.
Patton’s position on private prisons is far different than that of Jones, the former director who resigned in October following clashes with elected officials who wanted to put more inmates in private facilities.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections last month approved a measure that allows the state to seek proposals from private prison companies to provide an additional 350 to 2,000 medium-security beds for state inmates.
2 in Indiana sickened after eating contaminated Skittles
Health officials say packages of Original Skittles sold at a convenience store in Richmond, Ind., were contaminated, and two people who ate from a package were hospitalized with symptoms including burning throats, cramping and diarrhea.
Frigid U.S. weather means highest power prices since '08
Freezing temperatures gripping the eastern U.S. will result in the highest electricity prices in six years for consumers in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco.
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