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A powerful storm system moving across the South has killed at least six people in Oklahoma and Arkansas as severe storms spawn tornadoes and produced high damaging winds.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/severe-storms-kill-at-least-6-oklahoma-and-arkansasA powerful storm system moving across the South has killed at least six people in... more
Indie from Oklahoma tonight via The Roundtable - Other Lives with a track off their upcoming album Tamer Animals and "For 12".Indie from Oklahoma tonight via The Roundtable - Other Lives with a track off their... more
HOBBS, N.M. March 2, 2011 – Nuclear energy and small-scale reactors will take center stage at the 2011 national energy conference in Hobbs. “The Uranium Fuel Cycle” conference on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, will focus on potential developments and implementation of small-scale reactors.
The conference features top leaders in nuclear technology, including Babcock & Wilcox, New Mexico Tech, URENCO USA, Washington TRU Solutions, Uranium Resources Inc., Energy Solutions and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The “uranium fuel cycle” begins with mining, continues with enrichment, followed by use in a reactor, and ends with processing and storage. Hobbs is in the center of the developing Eastern New Mexico Energy Corridor, which is involved in all aspects of the nuclear energy fuel cycle.
Dr. Van Romero, Vice President of Research at New Mexico Tech, said New Mexico is well-positioned to be a leading voice in nuclear energy development.
“Almost the entire cycle is contained in New Mexico,” he said, “from mining to waste storage. This conference is an important step in bringing together key players in the area and continuing a dialog about energy and our national policies.”
A new enrichment facility is now operational near Eunice, N.M. A de-conversion plant is in the licensing stage in Lea County. Also located in the region are Waste Control Specialist LLC and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, near Carlsbad, which is a long-term storage facility funded by the Department of Energy. While not currently being mined, vast deposits of raw uranium ore exist in west-central New Mexico.
What’s missing? The small-scale nuclear power plants.
“Communities in southeast New Mexico have expressed an interest in nuclear power,” Romero said.
One area the conference will focus on is the commercial deployment of small nuclear reactors in eastern New Mexico. Representatives of Babcock & Wilcox will present their strategy to deploy a light-water reactor system to provide energy to communities in New Mexico.
Babcock & Wilcox is the leading international company in development and deployment of small-scale nuclear reactors. The company unveiled the B&W mPower™ reactor in 2009. The mPower reactor, with its scalable, modular design, has the capacity to provide 125 megawatts to 750 megawatts of electricity for a five-year operating cycle without refueling. The reactor is designed to produce clean, near-zero emission operations, according to the company website.
Babcock & Wilcox Canada has designed and manufactured nuclear power equipment for more than 40 years, providing nuclear heat exchangers, nuclear plant services and more than 200 nuclear steam generators to customers around the world.
Following the Babcock & Wilcox presentation, Romero will lead a discussion on “Small Reactor Research and Readiness.” Then, a representative from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy will talk on the status and outlook for nuclear energy development.
“Large nuclear reactors generate about a gigawatt of power,” Romero said. “These smaller reactors are safe and easy to operate and do not need a tremendous amount of infrastructure. Canada has been operating these small reactors for years.”
The two-day conference is hosted by the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, a division of New Mexico Tech, the Economic Development Corp. of Lea County and New Mexico Junior College.
The “Uranium Fuel Cycle” conference will begin with a panel on “Uranium Mining Today: Geology and New Technology,” led by Dr. Peter Scholle of New Mexico Tech. Scholle is the State Geologist and the director of the N.M. Bureau of Geology. The conference will present improved methods for the mining of uranium. New technology that eliminates labor-intensive, high-risk activity prevalent in previous operations will be presented. Also, Uranium Resources Inc., a mining-company based in Texas, will present information about the latest technological developments in uranium mining. The company has several mines in Texas and has holdings in New Mexico that include 183,000 acres and 100 million pounds of in-place mineralized uranium holdings, according to the company’s website.
Also on the schedule for the conference is a panel discussion on uranium processing, featuring top executives from Urenco USA (uranium enrichment), International Isotopes (uranium tailing recovery), Waste Control Specialist LLC and WIPP (waste/storage).
The final panel, “Training and Education for the Future of Nuclear Energy,” will be led by Dr. Robert Rhodes, Vice President of New Mexico Junior College, with a presentation by Energy Solutions.
Online registration will open Monday, March 7, at www.energyplexnm.com or by calling (575) 397-2039. Conference information can be accessed at the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy website nmcep.nmt.edu.
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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico TechHOBBS, N.M. March 2, 2011 – Nuclear energy and small-scale reactors will take... more
By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger
Stricter immigration enforcement and reduced economic opportunities in Arizona has pushed many undocumented immigrants out of the state to look for work.
While restrictionist lawmakers, whose stated objective over the last year has been to drive attrition through enforcement, are satisfied, it’s not exactly the outcome they’ve been waiting for. Rather than return to their home countries, most immigrants are instead relocating to surrounding states — a trend that’s prompting legislators in other states to approach immigration reform in radically different ways.
Oklahoma Absorbs Arizona Emigrants
Oklahama is experiencing a considerable influx of undocumented immigrants fleeing Arizona, according to Kari Lydersen at Working In These Times. The rising immigrant population has created friction among residents, some of whom believe that undocumented migrants are taking jobs away from Oklahomans. In response, state lawmakers have introduced a bill known as “Arizona Plus,” which incorporates many of Arizona’s more controversial laws, in an effort to expel immigrants in much the same way that Arizona’s existing immigrations laws attempt to do. Lydersen explains:
State Senator Ralph Shortey (R) and Shannon Clark, a Tulsa police officer in charge of enforcing the city’s 287(g) immigration program, said workers including masons and tile workers have been greatly affected by the influx of immigrant workers from Arizona. Employers and civil rights leaders have decried the proposed Arizona Plus measure and other recently introduced anti-immigrant laws, saying that immigrants provide a crucial part of the state’s workforce, especially in areas with otherwise aging and declining populations.
There remains disagreement about the actual economic impacts of unauthorized immigration. As state Senator Andrew Rice (D) told Lydersen, many of Oklahoma’s incoming immigrants are assuming low-wage jobs that citizens are not even bothering to apply for.
Immigrants are an economic boon
Of course, numerous studies demonstrate that immigration actually bolsters economies rather than depressing them, effectively driving wages up and creating opportunities for American workers to move into more highly skilled fields, as Mikhail Zinshteyn of Campus Progress explains:
A study co-authored by George Borjas…shows without new waves of immigration, legal or otherwise, there would be far fewer businesses operating today because of an inadequate labor market. His partner on the paper, Lawrence F. Katz, co-authored another study that showed income inequality in the bottom half of the economic ladder has not increased since the 1980s—meaning the huge spike in undocumented immigrants since 1990 has had no statistical effect on the economic fortunes of the Americans they allegedly affect.
Facts notwithstanding, pitting undocumented laborers against low-income American workers is a time-tested tactic of anti-immigrant politicos. It’s effective too, even though — as Zinshteyn notes — many of its proponents also support myriad other policies that directly hurt low-income American laborers.
Utah proposes guest worker program for undocumented migrants
Meanwhile Utah’s legislature is proposing to handle unauthorized immigration rather differently. New America Media reports that state lawmakers passed a bill last week that seeks to legalize and integrate undocumented laborers into the state’s workforce. The measure would create two-year work visas for undocumented Mexican immigrants without a criminal record and their families, for fees ranging from $1,000-$2,500. Lawmakers hope to demonstrate that Utah, which is home to 110,000 undocumented immigrants, is a safer place for migrants than Arizona.
Immigrant rights advocates are not as enthusiastic, however. Colorlines.com’s Julianne Hing notes that the Utah legislature also passed enforcement and employer sanctions measures last week, which — while less draconian than Arizona’s — nevertheless do their part to marginalize and oppress undocumented immigrants. Hing adds:
[Activists] argue that the benefits of the guest worker program will not be enough to mitigate the harm of harsh enforcement measures that will almost certainly lead to more exploitation and deportation.
Regardless, many others are lauding Utah’s efforts to implement some kind of reform that legalizes undocumented immigrants living in the United States — particularly as Congress has yet to move forward with any attempt at comprehensive immigration reform.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about immigration by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Diaspora for a complete list of articles on immigration issues, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, and health care issues, check out The Audit, The Mulch, and The PulseBy Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Stricter immigration enforcement... more
Ah, Bobby Franklin. Such a loving, warm, empathetic man. First, he wanted to change the phrase “victim” to “accuser” but only in cases of rape, stalking and domestic violence. Coincidentally, women are the most common “victims” of those crimes. Sorry, ALLEGED crimes. Now, Booby…er…Bobby, has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages. Read it again. Criminalize miscarriages. And make abortion completely illegal in Georgia. Here’s how it would work...... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/38333-dear-republicans-get-your-party-out-of-my-uterusAh, Bobby Franklin. Such a loving, warm, empathetic man. First, he wanted to change... more
Via BlueOklahoma: http://www.blueoklahoma.org/diary/2025/fallin-state-accept-millions-of-obamacare-money
Last April, in the throes of her gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Mary Fallin made her opposition to the new health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, a major part of her campaign.
In a press release, Fallin said then:
While Brad Henry sits on the sidelines, Drew Edmondson has now refused to join 19 other states in the bipartisan legal challenge to ObamaCare. His lack of leadership has actually forced the Oklahoma Legislature to hire an outside law firm to represent our state in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the bill.
DocHoc :: Fallin, State Accept Millions of 'ObamaCare' Money
Once governor, Fallin didn't hesitate to bring legal action against "ObamaCare." As she told a television interviewer in January:
The new federal health care bill is actually in violation of Oklahoma's constitution because Oklahoma's constitution now has an amendment through the health care freedom amendment that says that no law, no rule shall force Oklahomans, whether it's Oklahomans, businesses or health care providers, to join into a health care system, and that's in direct violation of the Oklahoma constitution. So we're going to challenge it on our own merits as Oklahoma.
So have things changed? Does Fallin no longer believe the law should be scrapped? According to NewsOK.com, Fallin has decided to accept a $54.6 million grant to help create a health exchange in the state, which is made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Fallin said this about accepting the grant:
After thoroughly reviewing the "early innovator" grant, I am happy to say that the federal assistance we are being offered is consistent with our mission to design and implement an Oklahoma-based health insurance exchange.
That exchange will empower consumers and help individuals and small businesses to shop for and enroll in affordable, quality health insurance plans. This is a step in the right direction for Oklahoma and its citizens.
The health exchanges are designed to help people and businesses find affordable health insurance plans by pooling together, which is a good idea, but how can Fallin reconcile taking money funded by a law she wants overturned? Does this mean she doesn't think the law will actually be repealed? What if the U.S. Supreme Court eventually rules the law is unconstitutional?
This is more than just typical right-wing hypocrisy. It should remind everyone of the relentless anti-Obama campaign Fallin ran to get elected governor. Was the Obama demonization just a ruse to manipulate the gullible? Now that she's governor, she's talking like a politician proudly bringing the pork home when it comes to the new health care law. What has changed?
There are a couple of points to make here. One, the fear mongering about "ObamaCare" is less about the actual law than it is about furthering the political interests of the GOP. People can have honest disagreements over whether people should eventually be mandated to buy health insurance, the most debated part of the law, but it's hardly "socialism" or whatever label du jour the GOP gives it. A public option for health insurance could solve that issue.
Second, let's hope this means Fallin plans to govern from the political center, putting the state's interests above ideology or right-wing campaign rhetoric.
The newspaper story about Fallin and the health exchange grant didn't thoroughly address the disparity between her anti-Obama/health care reform rhetoric and the way she lauded how the exchanges would "empower consumers." But, then, that's to be expected. The newspaper has vehemently opposed the new health care law on its editorial page while also taking advantage of at least one of its provisions.Via BlueOklahoma:... more
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So... Fallin is taking money from the federal government - which she pledge to fight as Governor - for health care - which she opposes - while suing the federal government for "unfair federal mandates" put in place by the HCR bill.
Oklahoma will accept a $54.6 million federal grant to develop the information technology infrastructure to operate a health exchange even though the state has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s health care law which authorized it, Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday.
Fallin decided to accept the money after she worked with state agencies to ensure no unworkable federal mandates were included, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
“After thoroughly reviewing the ‘early innovator’ grant, I am happy to say that the federal assistance we are being offered is consistent with our mission to design and implement an Oklahoma-based health insurance exchange,” Fallin said.
Just a reminder about what Mary said July 2009:
Let me refresh you "Mr. Speaker... I can only see major tax increases on families and businesses..."
Oh what a difference an election makes. This is Mary today:
Read the rest at FallinFail
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Ever been called 'thunder thighs'? Tell that to this dinosaur and you'll get your ass kicked.
A couple of palaeontologists discovered a new species of dinosaur when they were going through some bones in a museum storage cupboard in Oklahoma. The bones had sat there since the mid-90's. What the palaeontologists had discovered was a new type of sauropod with ginormous hip and shoulder bones.
So what do you name such a dino? “Thunder thighs” (or Brontomerus mcintoshi in Latin).SOURCE: http://blog.the-scientist.com/2011/02/23/big-assed-dinosaur/ Ever been... more
I think this title should be changed to Budget Hoe Doesn’t Prevent Income Tax Rate Cut… but that’s just me.
Told you so…. (emphasis below is mine)
“Gov. Mary Fallin, whose budget calls for agency cuts of up to 5 percent in fiscal 2012, argues that reduction of the tax rate yet again is a logical extension of the message taxpayers sent in the November election. She claims that the mandated reduction will stimulate the economy and make the state more business friendly and more competitive with other states. Will this income tax cut do something that the previous ones haven’t?
Are businesses seriously going to look at this state and say, “Oklahoma, what an economic Garden of Eden?” and overlook the fact that the quality of life here is eroding by the day?
Oklahoma’s state services are woefully underfunded. The education system is being starved. Roads and infrastructure are mediocre and in many cases are crumbling. The health and welfare of Oklahoma’s citizens don’t appear to be a high priority for those holding the purse strings.
But, hey, never mind all that, the fatter cats get this great reduced tax rate of 5.25 percent. “
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Because of $31 in marijuana sales, Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow is now serving 10 years in prison, has been taken away from her four young children and husband, and has ended her work in nursing homes.
Three days before Christmas, Spottedcrow, 25, entered the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center.
“I'm nervous … because it's prison … people I don't know,” she said.
“People said don't get too comfortable here or you'll be here longer. Don't make too many friends. Come and do your time and get out.”
On Dec. 31, 2009, Spottedcrow and her mother, Delita Starr, 50, sold a “dime bag” of marijuana to a police informant at Starr's home in Kingfisher, court records state.
Starr handled the transaction and asked her 9-year-old grandson — Spottedcrow's son — for some dollar bills to make change for the $11 sale.
Two weeks later, the same informant returned and bought $20 of marijuana from Spottedcrow.
The two women were arrested for drug distribution and because Spottedcrow's children were in the home, an additional charge of possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor was added.
“It just seemed like easy money,” said Spottedcrow, who says she is not a drug user but has smoked marijuana. “I thought we could get some extra money. I've lost everything because of it.”
The women were each offered plea deals of two years in prison. But because neither had prior convictions and the drug amounts were low, they gambled and entered a guilty plea before a judge with no prior sentencing agreement.
Starr received a 30-year suspended sentence with no incarceration, but five years of drug and alcohol assessments. Spottedcrow was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distribution and two years for possession, to run concurrently. She will be up for parole in 2014.
‘Cried for days'
Starr claims the cases have been “blown out of proportion” by lawmen and criticizes the sentences as stiff. “It shocked me and we cried for days,” she said. In addition, Starr was fined $8,600 and Spottedcrow $2,740.
“Never in a million years did I think I'd be here 10 years,” Spottedcrow said of prison.
“We were under the impression we would get probation. When I left for court, I just knew I was coming back home. It hit me like a ton of bricks. There were no goodbyes, they took me away right then. How do you tell your children you are going to prison? How do you prepare for this?”
Former Kingfisher County Judge Susie Pritchett, who retired in December, said the women were conducting “an extensive operation” and included children in the business.
“It was a way of life for them,” Pritchett said.
“Considering these circumstances, I thought it was lenient. By not putting the grandmother in prison, she is able to help take care of the children.”
A presentencing investigative report prepared by the Department of Corrections rated Spottedcrow's risk of re-offending as “high” and recommended substance abuse treatment while incarcerated.
“It does not appear the defendant is aware that a problem exists or that she needs to make changes in her current behavior.”
Spottedcrow was unemployed and without a stable residence when arrested, the report states. The family lost their Oklahoma City home for not paying bills.
“When she needed money … this is the avenue she chose rather than finding legitimate employment,” the report states. “The defendant does not appear remorseful … and she makes justifications for her actions.”
‘Kids are involved'
Pritchett said on first drug offenses, sentences are usually suspended and may require treatment or random drug tests.
Only if there are other more serious circumstances is a first-time drug offender sent to prison, she said.
“When kids are involved, it's different,” Pritchett said.
“This was a drug sale. When I look at someone in front of me, I'm thinking, ‘What is it going to take to rehabilitate this person?' We look at their attitude and other factors.”
When Spottedcrow was taken to jail after her sentencing, she had marijuana in her jacket. She pleaded guilty to that additional charge Jan. 24 and was sentenced to two years in prison and fined nearly $1,300. That sentence also will run concurrent with her other conviction.
Spottedcrow has four children — ages 9, 4, 3 and 1 — and is determined to keep her 8-year, common-law marriage intact. “It's been really hard on my husband,” she said. “I know a lot of things can happen, but he'll always have my back and be there.”
Her son is aware of what has happened, but the girls have been told their mother is away at college.
“I missed my daughter's fourth birthday, and I'll miss her fifth one too. My other daughter just started talking, and I'm not there to hear her,” Spottedcrow said.
“My baby woke up … and doesn't know where her mommy is. This is the hardest thing to do, and know I can't do anything about it. I just have to focus on myself and take it day-to-day and plan for going home. I will want to see my kids at some point. I'm trying to take this slow. I can't get depressed about it.”
Oklahoma's two prisons for women — the maximum-security Mabel Bassett in McLoud and minimum-security Eddie Warrior in Taft — housed 2,622 prisoners last year.
Of those, 48 percent are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses and 22 percent for other nonviolent offenses such as embezzlement and forgery.
Of the 1,393 women received by Oklahoma prisons last year, 78 percent were identified by DOC as minimal public safety threats.
Most nonviolent offenders are housed at Eddie Warrior, an open campus with a walking track and six dormitories.
‘I'm already changed'
Spottedcrow knows she will need to find a new job skill because her work in the health field won't be there because of her incarceration. She would like to open a boutique.
“Even though this seems like the worst thing … I've been blessed along the way,” she said. “It could have been worse. I'm happy my kids are safe and, ultimately, I'm safe. I'm thankful I still have a family.”
In a year, Spottedcrow will have a review and hopes to shorten her time in prison.
“I'm already changed,” she said. “This is a real eye-opener. I'm going to get out of here, be with my kids and live my life.”
Read more: http://newsok.com/how-31-of-pot-gave-mom-a-10-year-prison-sentence/article/3542585#ixzz1EY2u7W1gBecause of $31 in marijuana sales, Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow is now serving 10... more
Complete News Updates Pacific, a winner at UTEP earlier this season, is currently in third place in the Big West. How you are playing at the end of the season, when NCAA Tournament bids go up for grabs in league tournaments, will determine the season. Apparently, the Golden Eagles have learned the lesson well.Complete News Updates Pacific, a winner at UTEP earlier this season, is currently in... more
Breaking News Updates Today The very funny and intelligent,Ms. Vinita Nair, the co-anchor of the very late night ABC World News Now took a trip to Llanview to do an under-five appearance. World News reporter Ms. Vinita Nair, co-anchor of ABC World News Now will appear an upcoming episode of the soap opera One Life to Live as a doctor in Natalie’s pregnancy storyline.Breaking News Updates Today The very funny and intelligent,Ms. Vinita Nair, the... more
As we get closer and closer to Spring, we are nearing what is typically the primary season for severe weather across the South.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/severe-weather-awareness-week-across-the-south-february-20-26As we get closer and closer to Spring, we are nearing what is typically the primary... more
Meteor Lights Up Night Sky Over Oklahoma
http://vworldnews.blogspot.com/2011/01/meteor-lights-up-oklahoma.htmlMeteor Lights Up Night Sky Over Oklahoma... more
Republican state legislatures are ramping up a crackdown on illegal immigrants this year, in a concerted drive that risks alienating potential business allies and Latino voters.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/reuters/International/75935Republican state legislatures are ramping up a crackdown on illegal immigrants this... more
Latest Complete News Updates Today Three people are dead after a tornado hit the northwest Arkansas town of Cincinnati near the Oklahoma state line, 20 miles west of Fayetteville. The small town of Cincinnati, Arkansas was ground zero for a New Year's Eve 2011 ...Latest Complete News Updates Today Three people are dead after a tornado hit the... more
Mary Fallin Supports DREAM Act Opposes Cutting Deficit Takes ObamaCare
So much Mary Fallin FAIL so little time…
Mary Fallin Skips Vote on DREAM Act
Hey remember that one time the Republican Governor’s Association went after Jari Askins for supporting the DREAM Act… those were the days weren’t they. And oh how they’ve all grown in just a few short weeks.
Wednesday night Congress voted on the DREAM Act - Mary Fallin didn’t vote. Way to support your party and your values there… oh wait… those are only your values when they’re convenient for you… right… I forgot….
Oh hey - and remember that other time Mary said she was going to stand up to Washington and fight them when she thought they were doing something wrong. So… does that mean that she doesn’t think the DREAM Act is wrong since she didn’t even show up to vote? Just curious.
And it isn’t going unnoticed by members of her own party either. The popular forum ResistNet has quite a few comments with folks upset with Fallin and the others who refused to show:
Read more at:
http://www.fallinfail.com/post/2166361352/mary-fallin-supports-dream-act-opposes-cutting-deficitMary Fallin Supports DREAM Act Opposes Cutting Deficit Takes ObamaCare So much Mary... more
Woman Rolls Into TSA Screening in Bra, Panties, a Dog, and Um... a Wheelchair (VIDEO) - The Daily BlenderA woman rolled up Tuesday in Oklahoma wearing only her bra and panties and sitting in a wheelchair.
The way she was batting her eyes and nodding her head toward the end almost looked like one of those freaky Japanese humanoid life-like robots. Or...she could be a heavily medicated Stepford wife.A woman rolled up Tuesday in Oklahoma wearing only her bra and panties and sitting in... more
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A federal judge on Monday said she would rule by the end of the month on a lawsuit challenging an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange extended a restraining order blocking enforcement of the new law until Nov. 29 during a hearing in the case.
Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, is suing to block the law from taking effect. It was approved in a referendum by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Awad contends that the ban on Islamic law, also known as Sharia Law, would likely affect every aspect of his life as well as the execution of his will after his death.
"Sharia definitely encompasses how to live my life," Awad said in court. "Everything I do can be defined as Sharia. I have to believe that everything I do is going to be forbidden from the courts."
Full Story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/22/AR2010112202587.html?hpid=sec-religionOKLAHOMA CITY -- A federal judge on Monday said she would rule by the end of the month... more