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  • Move to (401)k-style retirement clears Okla. Senate

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Newly hired state workers would be shifted from a traditional pension to a 401(k)-style retirement plan under a bill that has been given final approval in the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate voted 34-11 Wednesday to approve the bill and send it to the House. Under the measure, state employees hired after Nov. 1, 2015, would be shifted from the current defined-benefit pension to the 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan. The changes do not apply to teachers or public safety employees like police, firefighters or prison guards. Supporters say the bill will help reduce the estimated $11.6 billion in unfunded liability of the state's public pension systems.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court reinstates challenge to voter ID law

    By The Associated Press | Published: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit that challenges the state's voter ID law, ruling that the Tulsa County resident who filed it has legal standing to challenge the law's constitutionality.

  • Oklahoma House panel passes 'Merry Christmas Bill'

    BY TIM TALLEY | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    The bill would allow school students and staff member to greet one another with phrases like “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” and “happy holidays.”

  • Okla. House panel passes 'Merry Christmas Bill'

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It was Christmas in February for an Oklahoma House committee. The House Common Education Committee Monday approved legislation authorizing public school students and school employees to greet each other with phrases used during traditional winter celebrations such as merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and happy holidays. The so-called Merry Christmas Bill authorizes Oklahoma school districts to teach students about the history of the traditional celebrations. It also allows a school district erect to displays on school property associated with the winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas image like a nativity scene or Christmas tree, under certain circumstances. The measure's author,

  • Christie to field questions for 1st time in weeks

    Published: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday prepared to take questions for the first time in more than three weeks as his campaign sought to exceed New Jersey’s election spending cap to pay for lawyers dealing with subpoenas stemming from a political playback scandal. Christie gave a nearly two-hour news conference Jan. 9, the day after emails were made public showing that at least one of his top aides had a role in a traffic-blocking scheme near the George Washington Bridge. Since then, he has made public appearances but not opened himself to questions, except to schoolchildren in Camden.