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  • Oklahoma leaders push immigration reform

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A group of Republican leaders in Oklahoma is joining a coalition of business and manufacturing groups from across the country in urging Congress to pass immigration reform they say is vital to the nation’s economy. Former Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele and ex-Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating...

  • Study shows Oklahoma spends least in nation on prisoner health care

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    A study released Tuesday shows Oklahoma spends less per-inmate on medical costs, however, the study also showed how the state’s increasing population of older inmates and the state’s option to not expand Medicaid could lead to increased medical costs in the future.

  • Group files second Oklahoma storm shelter petition

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot. Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the...

  • Prominent Oklahoma Republicans push for immigration reform

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Citing billion-dollar losses in agriculture labor shortages, a group of current and past Oklahoma Republican leaders has asked the state’s congressional delegation to support approval of immigration reform. A letter sent Tuesday includes 13 signatures including former Gov. Frank Keating,...

  • White House argues for Medicaid expansion

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    New report reiterates arguments that expanding health care program for poor would also be an economic boost, and a White House spokesman says politics is behind refusal in some states.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin announces Insure Oklahoma extension

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    The Insure Oklahoma program has been granted a one-year extension, Gov. Mary Fallin announced.

  • Oklahoma's civil rights history: How did we get here?

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

  • Oklahoma Health Care Authority board leaders make tough choices over where to cut Medicaid services for some of the poorest residents

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    During a standing-room only meeting, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted Thursday on several changes, including changes in mental health services and increases in co-payments, that will affect some of Oklahoma’s poorest residents.

  • Failed challenger alleges U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas is dead

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    A candidate who was soundly defeated in Tuesday's Republican primary by U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas says he will contest the election because the incumbent congressman is dead and an imposter is filling his shoes. Timothy Ray Murray garnered 5.2 percent of the vote...

  • 66 Oklahoma agencies' budgets to be cut

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Sixty-six state agencies that receive state appropriations will take a 0.12 percent budget cut as a result of a state panel’s action Thursday. The Board of Equalization recertified how much the state had to spend for fiscal year 2015. It had to cut nearly $6.8 million after lawmakers and...

  • City of Miami begins process to fire 4 officers

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    MIAMI — The Miami city manager says he’s begun termination proceedings against four officers on the town’s police force. Three of the officers had been on paid leave since October over the arrest of Jerry Dean Payne on suspicion of driving under the influence. Criminal charges against...

  • Oklahoma elections: Joy Hofmeister pulls away from Brian Kelly, Janet Barresi in surprising race for state schools superintendent

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Democrats John Cox and Freda Deskin appear headed for runoff.

  • Oklahoma elections: John Doak defeats challenger for insurance commissioner by wide margin

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Doak had 77.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting Tuesday night. Viner had 22.5 percent of the vote.

  • Oklahoma elections: Gov. Mary Fallin cruises to easy victory in GOP gubernatorial primary

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Gov. Fallin is on her way to a general election race against Democrat Joe Dorman.

  • Guild advances in Oklahoma 5th District race

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Retired university professor Tom Guild has advanced to a runoff in the race for the Democratic nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Guild was leading two other candidates but not by a large-enough margin to take the nomination outright....

  • Former teacher gets Democratic US House nomination

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A retired schoolteacher from Fort Gibson has won the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District race. Earl Everett defeated recent college graduate Joshua Harris-Till in Tuesday's primary election. He advances to the November general election against...

  • Inhofe wins GOP primary

    BY SEAN MURPHY, AP | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two rising political stars attempted to avoid a Republican primary runoff for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat, while U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe easily won the GOP nomination Tuesday in his bid to keep the state's other seat for a fourth term. This year's election is the first...


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