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  • Oklahoma state agencies give raises despite executive order

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Oklahoma state agencies promoted more than 1,000 employees and hired several thousand to fill vacancies, even though those types of employment actions were included in the "personnel freeze" set by Gov. Mary Fallin, who also allowed for some exemptions.

  • Virtually no chance for teacher pay raise, House minority leader says

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    House Minority Leader Scott Inman on Thursday said there is no chance that Oklahoma teachers will see a pay raise out of the current legislative session. Inman, D-Del City, took questions from reporters during his weekly press availability at the Capitol. Gov. Mary Fallin in her State of the...

  • Oklahoma governor halts tougher commutation policy

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin has blocked the state Pardon and Parole Board from adopting a set of proposed procedures and eligibility for early release consideration that would have disqualified many state inmates from even applying.

  • Would you vote to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.50?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    In Monday's State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin proposed a $1.50 per pack tax hike on cigarettes. But such a bill would need to be fast-tracked into law by a three-fourths majority of the state Legislature in order for the state to begin collecting the much-needed tax revenue.

  • Governor's proposals to fund education only a 'Band-Aid,' David Boren says

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin is offering a "Band-Aid" to a patient in serious condition, University of Oklahoma President David Boren says. "It’s time for a comprehensive funding plan for education," Boren said in a prepared statement released after the governor's State of the State speech to lawmakers on...

  • Le Flore County treasurer admits guilt, resigns position

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Le Flore County Treasurer Joe Wiles paid $1,398.73 in restitution and agreed not to seek federal, state, county or municipal elective office for five years as part of the deferred prosecution agreement, said Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge.

  • Video: Gov. Mary Fallin delivers 2016 State of the State address

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Watch the annual address in its entirety.

  • Fallin wants more revenue from tobacco and sales taxes

    BY Rick Green | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin is proposing to boost revenue from tobacco and sales taxes to help fund a budget calling for $3,000-a-year raises for public school teachers as well as increased funding for state prisons and Oklahoma's foster care system.

  • American Indian Cultural Center and Museum tweaks prompt cool reception by state officials

    By Rick Greenand William Crum Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma City has six weeks to decide whether to accept the state Legislature’s proposal to have the city operate the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin's 2016 State of the State Address

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Watch a stream of Gov. Mary Fallin's 2016 State of the State Address.

  • Guthrie water authority sues to stop vote on rate hikes, but residents say they won't give up fight

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The lawsuit filed by Guthrie Public Works Authority against the organizers of an initiative petition to allow residents to vote on rate increases is the latest legal action in a court fight that has been dragging on for seven years.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers call for criminal justice reform as ex-inmates struggle to restart lives

    By Rick M. Green and Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writers | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    As Oklahoma's prison population swells to historic highs and advocates and officials sounds off in greater numbers on the need for change, the Oklahoma Legislature looks to take on the issue of criminal justice reform.

  • Coalition wants to give voters a choice on criminal justice reform in Oklahoma

    By Graham Lee Brewer | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A politically diverse group of Oklahoma state officials, policy advocates, and members of the business community came together Wednesday to announce they were joining forces to stop a problem the state can no longer ignore: Oklahoma’s high incarceration rates.

  • Gov. Fallin to propose teacher pay raise during Monday's State of the State address

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite a challenging budget year, Gov. Mary Fallin will propose a pay raise for teachers on Monday when she gives her State of the State address to a joint legislative session in the House chamber. “There are going to be a lot of different proposals this year for giving...

  • Candidate announces for Oklahoma House District 85

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Robyn Matthews, a legislative assistant for the Oklahoma Credit Union Association, is seeking the seat currently held by Democrat Cyndi Munson, who won a special election in September to succeed Republican state Rep. David Dank, 76, who died in April.

  • Some residents want state to put brakes on eastern Oklahoma County turnpike

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Residents of eastern Oklahoma County packed a meeting of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Tuesday, voicing concerns for a proposed toll road that could impact their property.

  • More than 3,400 bills await Oklahoma lawmakers as 2016 session is set to begin

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 3,400 bills to consider when the 2016 session begins Feb. 1, and that doesn't include all the bills needed to build a state budget with a roughly $1 billion hole in it.



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