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Sharia Law not forbidden in Oklahoma courts

Once again, some appellate judges have made a ruling which overthrows the will of voting citizens. Such magistrates should be honored during this year’s Academy Awards show. After all, it can’t be easy for them to maintain a straight face while pretending to uphold democracy.

With most Americans looking westward at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling about Prop 8 in California, a January ruling from the 10th Circuit concerning an Oklahoma case has slipped off the radar of many news commentary programs:

“The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling released Tuesday, affirmed an order by a district court judge in 2010 that prevented the voter-approved state constitutional amendment from taking effect. The ruling also allows a Muslim community leader in Oklahoma City to continue his legal challenge of the law’s constitutionality.

U.S. Federal court is considering a lawsuit against Oklahoma Sharia Ban

Jerome Socolovsky

A U.S. federal appeals court began hearing a case Monday on an amendment to Oklahoma’s state constitution that bans Sharia, or Islamic law, as well as international law from being considered in state courts. Legal scholars say the case could affect similar moves in more than 20 other U.S. states.

In a referendum last year, 70 percent of voters in southwestern state of Oklahoma approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that forbids courts from citing international or Sharia law in their judgments.

Last November, a judge in Oklahoma blocked the amendment after the leader of a Muslim civil rights group filed a lawsuit. The judge said the so-called “Save Our State Amendment” probably violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which separates religion and state. The lawsuit is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals based in Denver, Colorado.

Texas sues Oklahoma over water supply

ARDMORE, OK – The saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” is not always true, at least not when it comes to the state’s water supply.

Oklahoma State Representative Pat Ownbey said Texas sued to get access to Oklahoma’s water because demand in the Lone Star state is on the rise.

“Texas has tried to force our hand basically saying that the court is going to make that decision for us if we dont make it ourselves but at this point the court has ruled in our favor about every time,” Ownbey said.

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to authorize the sale of southeastern Oklahoma water to a north Texas water district.

Tornadoes force shut down of nuclear power plants

Series of storms that hit states from Oklahoma to North Carolina left at least 45 people dead and caused widespread damage

US tornadoes were most destructive in North Carolina, where Deborah Dulow, above, was left to survey the damage to her father’s house. Photograph: Jim R Bounds/AP A US nuclear power company has disclosed that one of the tornadoes that hit the US at the weekend, killing at least 45 people and causing widespread damage, forced the shutdown of two of its reactors.

The series of tornadoes that began in Oklahoma late last week barrelled across the country, with North Carolina, where 22 people died, the worst-hit state.

The US nuclear safety regulator said on Mondayit was monitoring the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power said the two reactors shut down automatically when a tornado cut off power to the plant. A backup diesel generator kicked in to cool the fuel. The regulator said no radiation was released and staff were working to restore electricity to the plant.

Historic Tornado Outbreak: 3 Days, 267 Tornado Reports, 15 States

Devastating tornadoes rampaged across communities of the southern United States. Cities and towns from Oklahoma to North Carolina were assaulted by the deadly twisters. The tornado outbreak led to a total of 267 tornado reports in 15 states over the three-day period. This will likely rank this tornado outbreak among the largest in history. Tragically, the death toll has risen to 45 people so far with dozens of others injured. The number of fatalities could rise as investigations continue. This tornado outbreak already ranks as the most deadly outbreak since the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. In North Carolina alone, close to two dozen people were killed on Saturday, while seven people were killed in Alabama on Friday.

CAIR sues Oklahoma for banning Islamic law

Unindicted terrorist co-conspirator reacts after 70% of voters approve

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced today it will file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state ballot measure that bars judges from considering Islamic law in any ruling.

On Tuesday, with about a dozen other states watching, Oklahoma became the first state to put before voters the proposition that Islamic courts, Islamic law – known as Shariah – and Shariah-based court decisions should be banned.

State Question 755, a constitutional amendment, was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters. But at a news conference today, CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad called the measure unnecessary and offensive.

EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

“Anytime you work ground, you’re going to have dust. I don’t know how they’ll regulate it,” Roberts said. “The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from doing things we need to be doing because of the EPA.”
Curtis Roberts stands at his farm in Arcadia. Farmers like Roberts are concerned about the possible regulations.By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.