Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Wednesday about the killing of SSgt Rex Schad, an Edmond native shot in Afghanistan on Monday during a firefight started by a man dressed as a member of the Afghan police force. Schad graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2005.
“I am grieved by the loss of another Oklahoma son in Afghanistan,” said Lankford.
“Our hearts are broken to learn that SSgt. Rex Schad was taken from his family at such a young age while bravely serving his country in a hostile environment.…
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The U.S. Supreme Court has given 1st Lt. Michael Behenna an extension to file an appeal of his conviction of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. He will now have until Jan. 3, an extension from the Nov. 4 deadline.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the military’s highest appeals court, upheld the Edmond native’s conviction in July. A U.S. Army appeals court has also upheld the conviction. In 2008, Behenna shot and killed an Iraqi man he suspected of being a terrorist.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, has scheduled two public talks on Tuesday, one in Oklahoma City and one in Edmond:
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Rockwell Plaza YMCA
8300 Glade Ave
Oklahoma City, 73132
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University of Central Oklahoma Nigh Center
100 N. University Dr.
Democrat Tom Guild, Lankford’s general election opponent, has released a biographical web video …
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UPDATE: Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn voted “present,” which is like not voting at all or voting “no,” depending on your viewpoint. Bacharach’s nomination is not going to be advanced.
It’s possible that Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe could determine whether U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Bacharach, of Edmond, is confirmed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Neither is saying whether they will vote on Monday to break the Republican blockade that has kept the Senate from confirming the magistrate, who has been endorsed by both Coburn and Inhofe and won overwhelming approval last month in the Senate Judiciary Committee.…
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Some candidates seeking seats in the next Congress released statements on Thursday following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the health care law.
In the 5th District, currently represented by Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, Democrat Tom Guild, of Edmond, said: “I am very pleased that the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. The fact that Republican and Bush Appointee Chief Justice Roberts cast the deciding vote to uphold the law is an important signal that the country needs to come together in a bipartisan fashion and create jobs and support education, pass the highway bill, and stop college student loans rates from doubling in two days.…
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces _ the military’s highest appeals court _ has set oral arguments for April 23 in the case of 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, who was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
The arguments will be held at the court’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Behenna, an Edmond native now serving a 15-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was convicted of killing an Iraqi man that Behenna suspected of terrorism. Behenna was questioning the man when he shot him and claimed self-defense at his trial.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has scheduled a town hall meeting for 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the University of Central Oklahoma, in Ballroom A on the 3rd Floor of the Nigh University Center.
“I encourage everyone to attend and participate in this town hall meeting,” Coburn said. “This setting gives me an important opportunity to hear directly from the Oklahomans I am representing, and provides a chance for Oklahomans to hear my views on current legislation in Congress.”…
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Road construction is continuing along Edmond Road between Kelly Avenue and Fretz Avenue.
Crews are working on the eastbound lanes, causing the traffic to be reduced to one way in both directions.
This is part of a street improvement project that will resurface 51/2 miles roads throughout the city. The project started May 24.
The top layers of the old asphalt and overlay are being removed and new asphalt will be cover the roadway, said Engineer Harry Fenton,.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is overseeing the project that is being paid for with federal stimulus money.…
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Edmond students and working folk will be participating in the fifth annual Bike to Work Day Friday.
The day is a celebration of bicycling as a healthy and fun form of transportation. The event is being held across the metro area. In Edmond, the event is being sponsored by the Edmond Bicycle Committee and Bike Edmond.
A group bike ride will start at 8 a.m. Friday at the University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center parking lot off University Drive. It will end at OU Medical Center Edmond on Bryant Avenue.…
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Edmond’s recently-completed regional detention area will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The detention area, located west of the railroad tracks, north of Hurd, is designed to take care of drainage problems in the downtown area.
“This project was crucial for the improvement of our downtown area and the future urban development,” said Councilman Charles Lamb.
The detention area covers 6 acres and cost $2.1 million. Money for the project came from sales tax revenue designated specifically for capital improvements and parks.…
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