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  • Hundreds gather at Oklahoma Capitol rally for developmentally disabled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Officials say thousands of Oklahomans are on a waiting list for disabilities services.

  • Oklahoma insurance commissioner meets with President Obama to discuss looming insurance rate hikes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    State Insurance Commissioner John Doak was among several state regulators who met with President Barack Obama and other senior staff to discuss a variety of pending healthcare issues.

  • Oklahoma House approves three human trafficking measures

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Three bills designed to crack down on human trafficking were unanimously approved Thursday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives and are on their way to the governor.

  • Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate withdraws challenge to candidacy of competitor

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman is no longer challenging the candidacy of competitor Kimberly Willis, who is running as an independent.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin not pleased by decision on Lexington, Purcell federal disaster loans

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The U.S. Small Business Administration rejected the request to make federally subsidized disaster loans available to businesses impacted by the closure of a bridge over the South Canadian River.

  • Norman gets low-interest loan for water treatment plant improvements

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The state Water Resources Board has approved a $50.3 million loan to the Norman Utilities Authority to help pay for improvements to its water reclamation/wastewater treatment plant.

  • Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, announced Thursday that she is pregnant at a speaking event with her mother, according to BuzzFeed. The child will be the first for Clinton, who is 34, and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, as well as the first grandchild for Bill and Hillary...

  • Businesses affected by Lexington-Purcell bridge closure denied loans

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin says she is disappointed the U.S. Small Business Administration denied her request for loans that would help two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure. Fallin said on Thursday the denial was based on the fact that the Jan. 31 bridge closure does not meet the...

  • 'The poorest president in the world'

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Jose Mujica says his wealth adds up to $322,883. Nearly a third of that is cash, kept in three bank accounts that Uruguay's leader didn't previously declare, according to The Associated Press. The AP reports Mujica's insistence on living simply has earned him the nickname "the poorest...

  • Chelsea Clinton: I Might Run for Office Someday

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes, according to The Associated Press. The AP reports Clinton, 34, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told Fast...

  • Cushing to change animal euthanasia method

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CUSHING — Cushing has received a $2,000 grant to change the method it uses to euthanize animals at the city’s animal shelter. The city now uses a gas chamber to euthanize animals, but the grant from the state chapter of the U.S. Humane Society will allow it to transition to an injection...

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    By KRISTI EATON, AP | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and...

  • Oklahoma Senate approves bill giving options to third-grade reading requirement

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World | Updated: 20 hr ago

    The Senate passed a measure Wednesday designed to give students who can't pass a third-grade reading test more options for promotion to the next grade. House Bill 2625, by Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, returns to the House for consideration. Stanislawski said...

  • Smoking reprieve for veterans centers gains Oklahoma House approval

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Residents of veterans centers would be allowed to smoke in ventilated smoking rooms until the end of the year and in designated outdoor smoking areas until Jan. 1, 2018, under a compromise bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • Oklahoma's governor supports open records with veto of Senate measure

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Senate bill that would have given state higher education institutions additional exemptions to the state Open Records Act was vetoed Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Self-funded Oklahoma legislator has most money in race

    By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign on Wednesday show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31, and finished the period with more than $333,000 in cash on hand.

  • Sides prepare for appeals court hearing on Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, and Thursday will take up the Oklahoma case.

  • Oklahoma Senate break rankles House members

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Simmering tensions between the Oklahoma House and Senate boil over onto the House floor Wednesday as House members testily debated a Senate request to take Thursday off to have a four-day Easter holiday.

  • Oklahoma Republican Senate hopefuls tout conservative credentials during forum

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Speaking in a room crowded with conservative voters, three Republican candidates seeking to represent Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate say out-of-control spending and federal overreach have put the nation on a path to ruin.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes OSSAA bill

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Compromise on legislation now goes back to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  • Conservative Activist Claims Women Paid The Same As Men Won't Find Husbands

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Days after Senate Republicans unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, Phyllis Schlafly, founder of "pro-family" organization Eagle Forum, claimed that providing women with equal pay for equal work would deter their chances of finding a “suitable mate” in a Christian Post...



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