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  • Investigators don’t know exactly how many rape kits haven’t been processed because there isn’t a system in place to track them. Governor Mary Fallin’s office says it is estimated that only a quarter of rape kits are tested, leaving thousands of untested kits in police department warehouses across the state. On Monday, Governor Fallin announced the formation of the Oklahoma Task Force on Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence to address the backlog. It’s an issue Sen. Kay Floyd has been working to address this session.  “Frankly, we don’t know what the numbers are and that’s the point of doing a study,” said Floyd, D-Oklahoma City.   Task Force appointed by the governor are: Lesley March, the chief of the attorney general’s victim services unit, or her designee Danielle Tudor, a survivor of sexual assault with experience with sexual assault forensic evidence kit collection Kathy Bell, a sexual assault nurse examiner Andrea Swiech, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation director of forensic science services, a person designated by the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who has expertise in the analysis of sexual assault forensic evidence kits Jan Peery, chief executive officer of YWCA of Oklahoma City, a person with experience seeking and applying for grants and other private funding Phil Cotton, the executive director of the Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association, or his designee Bill Citty, chief of the Oklahoma City Police Department, or his designee Chuck Jordan, chief of the Tulsa Police Department, or his designee Ray McNair, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, or his designee Bob Ravitz, an attorney from a public defender’s office with criminal defense experience Karla Doctor, senior director of sexual violence prevention response, a sexual assault victims’ advocate from a community-based organization Trent Baggett, executive coordinator of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, or his designee; Dawn Stover, executive director of the Native Alliance Against Violence, or her designee; Two nonvoting members from among the members of the Senate, of which may not be from the same political party; and Two nonvoting members from among the members of the House of Representatives, of which may not be from the same
  • The Chicago attorney who is representing the man who was forcibly dragged from a recent United Airlines flight, now has another airline passenger as a client. >> Read more trending news  Thomas Demetrio is now representing the mother who was boarding a recent American Airlines flight. The mother claims her stroller was forcibly taken from her, nearly hitting her and her child. Demetrio made the announcement Monday morning during an interview on the “Today Show.” An argument between a passenger and flight crew members was recorded and posted to social media. It has since gone viral. On the video, the crying woman can be heard asking for her stroller. American Airlines said she tried to bring a double-wide stroller down the aisle of the plane. She said she forgot that she had to check the stroller and tried to bring it with her, WFAA reported. The passenger who recorded the video said that the flight attendant acted angry. “He was very upset. He grabbed it and just pulled it off, sorta violently yanked it and then stormed off the plane with it,” Surian Adyanthaya told WFAA. A male passenger confronted the flight attendant, who told him to stay out of the situation. The flight attendant has been 'removed from duty” during American’s investigation and the airline upgraded the woman and her children to first class for the remainder of her trip, CNN reported. As for the man who was dragged from the United Airlines flight earlier this month, Demetrio said that Dr. David Dao is both emotionally and physically hurt.
  • The former District Attorney for Tulsa County announced Monday he will seek the office of U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who has so far stuck to his pledge to serve three terms and step down.  And, as Harris mentioned Monday, Bridenstine is potentially going to take the top job at NASA. That would lead to a special election to fill his Congressional seat, so Harris felt the time was right to gear up for a campaign. Harris first signaled his intent to KRMG several months ago, saying he still felt called to serve. But asked Monday when he first seriously thought about running for Congress, he said he’s been contemplating the idea for a long time. “The truthful answer to that is, I’ve been mulling this over for 19 years,” he told KRMG. In his remarks to those assembled to hear his official announcement on the 8th floor of the Tulsa County Courthouse, he said he finally decided the time was right. “When your education, and your background, and your family and your experiences all converge to a moment in time when it becomes absolutely crystal clear what your next direction is, what your purpose is, what your plan is - that’s what brings me before you today,” Harris said. Harris went to work at the Tulsa County DA’s office right out of law school.  After twelve years, he was elected as District Attorney, an office which he held for 16 years.  Several other names have been bandied about as possible contenders for the 1st District, including former Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former Oklahoma House Speaker T. W. Shannon.
  • Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures, the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement. The challenge is whether impoverished countries can deliver the required four doses of the vaccine for each child. Malaria remains one of the world's most stubborn health challenges, infecting more than 200 million people every year and killing about half a million, most of them children in Africa. Bed netting and insecticides are the chief protection. Sub-Saharan Africa is hardest hit by the disease, with about 90 percent of the world's cases in 2015. Malaria spreads when a mosquito bites someone already infected, sucks up blood and parasites, and then bites another person. A global effort to counter malaria has led to a 62 percent cut in deaths between 2000 and 2015, WHO said. But the U.N. agency has said in the past that such estimates are based mostly on modeling and that data is so bad for 31 countries in Africa - including those believed to have the worst outbreaks - that it couldn't tell if cases have been rising or falling in the last 15 years.
  • Best Buy announced Sunday that it will sell Nintendo's NES Classic for one day only on Monday.  The game system has been discontinued by Nintendo, and Best Buy says it has only “limited quantities” available for sale.  According to the chain, customers can buy only one NES Classic, and it is on a first come, first-served basis. There will be a ticketing system for those who are waiting in line when the stores open. There will be only as many tickets as there are games, the chain said. The NES Classic was released last year and has a retro game unit look. It sold for $60. You can find out when your local Best Buy opens by clicking here.