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  • Mental health center files civil rights complaint against OKC school district

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Positive Changes filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, accusing Oklahoma City School District of discriminating against students with mental illness disabilities.

  • Oklahoma audit accuses Paoli trustees of self-dealing

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Members of Paoli's board of trustees have been accused of violating Oklahoma's constitution by granting themselves exclusions from the payment of personal utility bills, the state auditor said, also noting state nepotism laws apparently were violated.

  • Four-day school weeks: Districts weighing benefits, but Hofmeister says it's bad for kids

    BY ANDREA EGER and NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A sudden surge in public schools looking to entice teachers and squeeze more out of limited budgets by moving to a four-day week could change the way thousands of Oklahoma students learn. But State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister isn’t pulling punches on the subject — she says any benefits are...

  • OKC business presses against anti-refugee sentiment

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Pressing down on the blade, the ink spread over the white, cotton t-shirt, giving life to the simple design with a big message. Taylor McKenzie holds up the shirt to show it off and smiles. The shirt reads: "Refugees Are Welcome Here," with the shape of Oklahoma encapsulating the last...

  • Video: Rep. Steve Russell discusses his vote on the U.S. House refugee screening bill

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Russell joined NewsOK Opinion editor Owen Canfield in the studio Friday.

  • Oklahoma state audit accuses former Ryan treasurer of embezzlement

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    The former treasurer for the town of Ryan is believed to have embezzled more than $175,000, according to a state investigative audit released Thursday. Former town Treasurer Patricia K. "Kathy" Laskowski confessed to embezzling an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 a month from cash paid by utility...

  • Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission names new executive director

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission voted Thursday to name Kelly Cathey as the agency’s new executive director.

  • Oklahoma celebrates 30th anniversary of sister-state relationship with Kyoto, Japan

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

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  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine joins move to suspend all refugee resettlement in U.S.

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday that he wants to suspend federal funding for all refugee resettlement, a move that apparently would bring all or most such activity in the United States to a halt. In a news release, Bridenstine and three other Republican members of the...

  • 'Inspirational' VP Joe Biden lifts Oklahoma Democrats' spirits

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Vice President Joe Biden may never be president, but it seems he will always be popular. “He was so encouraging, so warm,” Tulsa County Democratic Party Chairwoman Jo Glenn said after Biden’s Tuesday afternoon speech at a DNC fundraiser in the Summit Club. “I wish he had announced he was...

  • Coalition announces opposition to 'Right to Farm' state question

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    A newly formed coalition announced Tuesday that it is opposing a state question that would enshrine the rights of farmers in the state Constitution. The Oklahoma Stewardship Council is urging voters to reject State Question 777, called the “Right to Farm” by supporters and “Right to Harm” by...

  • DHS children's shelter in Oklahoma City closes

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said Tuesday it had successfully placed with a family the last remaining child at Oklahoma City’s Pauline E. Mayer Shelter, 5909 N Classen Court. DHS announced Tuesday it would close the shelter, which has been a longtime goal.

  • Legislators gear up for another run at alcohol laws 'modernization'

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Legislators are ready to take another stab at changing the way alcohol is sold in Oklahoma. State Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, told the Tulsa’s Young Professionals group Monday night that they will begin working out the version of Bice’s Senate Bill...

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court hands down landmark ruling on same-sex parenting

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a landmark ruling increasing the rights of non-custodial parents who have been in same-sex relationships. The decision acknowledged the rights of a non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship who has acted as a parent. The state’s high...

  • Term limits leave 30 seats up for grabs in Okla. Legislature

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Legislature will see significant turnover after the next session. Term limits mean 12 Democrats and 18 Republicans will not be able to seek re-election. In addition, a handful of other lawmakers not facing term limits have said they will not seek another term. They include Mark...

  • Sen. James Lankford talks US intelligence and Paris attacks on Fox News

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) appeared on the Fox News program "Happening Now" Monday, Nov. 16 to discuss the recent Islamic State attacks in Paris, France.  Lankford is a member of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Watch his six-and-a-half-minute appearance...

  • Some parents riled over proposal to convert Pauls Valley resource center into state prison

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Pauls Valley Mayor Gary Alfred said residents have mixed feelings concerning discussions about turning the closed Southern Oklahoma Resource Center into a prison.


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