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  • Oklahoma education ills an issue in governor race

    Tim Talley, Associated Press | Updated: 7 hr ago

    An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent after the federal government stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend millions in education funding because of the state’s repeal of national academic...

  • Former Oklahoma senator Cal Hobson arrested on drunken driving complaint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Cal Hobson, a candidate for Cleveland County commissioner, was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of drunken driving. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

  • Many reports of sexual attacks at Oklahoma women's prison were from ulterior motives, corrections chief says

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    At a Washington hearing, Oklahoma corrections director says some inmates used sexual assault and harassment reporting as a tool to get moved to a new cell or get someone punished.

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this...

  • Oklahoma loses ability to use federal funding as state sees fit

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    U.S. government denies Oklahoma’s flexibility waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act — a move that came after Oklahoma’s repeal of Common Core.

  • Transgender Oklahoma House candidate concedes defeat

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Transgender Oklahoma House candidate Paula Sophia rejects recount after losing by 22 votes.

  • School bond issues fail in Rush Springs, pass in Elmore City-Pernell, lead in Putnam City

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    An $8.9 million bond issue that would have built a new middle school in Rush Springs failed by just two votes Tuesday night. District officials had hoped to build a new school to replace the 60-year-old building that now houses Rush Springs Middle School.

  • Oklahoma congressional delegation mad about fundraising letter

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s all-Republican congressional delegation is angry about a letter on Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce letterhead promoting a local fundraiser for Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. A letter issued Sunday and signed by all seven members of the delegation takes the chamber to task for...

  • OETA navigates shrinking state funds

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    For now, Oklahomans can still get to Sesame Street, but cuts to state appropriations for OETA have meant scaled-back local programming. Further loss of revenue for the station could mean deeper programming cuts or even put the station’s reach to rural areas in jeopardy, OETA’s executive...

  • Glitches delay Medicaid enrollment for former foster kids in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    An estimated 2,300 former foster youth are eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26, although some will have coverage through other means and not need the state plan. That change in eligibility is thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that expanded...

  • San Antonio police have radical approach to mental illness: Treat It

    BY JENNY GOLD, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    San Antonio and Bexar County have completely overhauled their mental health system into a program considered a model for the rest of the nation. Today, the jails are under capacity, and the city has saved $50 million over the past five years.

  • Oklahoma voters go to polls Tuesday in statewide runoff election

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Positions in Congress and Oklahoma Legislature are in play in runoff election.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's campaign bus is burglarized at RV dealership

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s campaign bus was burglarized while parked for maintenance at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. Also, 21 tires were stolen from the RV dealership.

  • NJ Gov. Christie to visit OKC with Gov. Fallin

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    New Jersey Gov. and Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie is scheduled to visit Oklahoma City to attend events with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Christie is to attend three events with Fallin on Wednesday. Christie is to join Fallin for a visit to the Oklahoma National...

  • Two Democrats raise close to $300,000 each in Oklahoma state schools superintendent race

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate outraised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin between June 10 and Aug. 11. Joe Dorman calls his success more evidence of public dissatifaction with Fallin. A spokesman for Fallin pointed out her campaign had almost 10 times more in the bank than Dorman’s campaign.

  • Oklahoma authorities fire official over charges

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    LAWTON — Comanche County commissioners have fired the county’s emergency management director who is charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy. A local newspaper reports the commissioners voted unanimously Monday to fire 61-year-old Clint Wagstaff. The...

  • Oklahoma backers of medical marijuana say initiative drive may have fallen short

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Backers of a medical marijuana initiative in Oklahoma have turned in voter signatures for a petition to put the issue on the November ballot, but say they may have fallen short.



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