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  • Oklahoma legislators consider pay raises for corrections officers

    By Rick Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Oklahoma legislators are considering giving state corrections officers their first raise in eight years.

  • Researchers divided over effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen for traumatic brain injury treatment

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Oklahoma lawmakers want to make a type of experimental therapy available for free to veterans with traumatic brain injury. But some researchers question the treatment, saying it’s ineffective at best and potentially dangerous at worst.

  • Oklahoma AG appeals district court decision on lethal injection drugs

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs. The Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Oklahoma County District Judge...

  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools...

  • 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...

  • 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: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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...

  • 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.

  • Self-funded Oklahoma legislator has most money

    By SEAN MURPHY, AP | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A 27-year-old first-term Republican state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District, federal campaign finance reports show. Documents...

  • Meeting will explore public transit options in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City area residents can find out more about public transportation resources in the community at a meeting to be held Thursday.

  • Oklahoma City Council sets public hearing on disclosure rules

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The measure would require the mayor and council members to disclose gifts twice a year, on June 1 and Dec. 1.

  • Barresi opposes bill to cut state testing in social studies

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education issued a statement Tuesday announcing State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s opposition to legislation that would eliminate three state tests in social studies and geography. Authored by State Senators Mark Allen, R-Spiro, and Tom Ivester, D-Elk City,...

  • Waiting to wed: Same-sex couples in Oklahoma discuss importance of right to marry

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Many gay Oklahoma couples are more optimistic than ever that they'll soon wed after a federal judge in Tulsa in January struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

  • Oklahoma same-sex marriage case to be argued in Denver this week

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Judges on a federal appeals court will hear attorneys on both sides argue over whether a U.S. district judge in Tulsa was right to strike down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  • The 14th Amendment: Does it protect same-sex marriage?

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    As federal appeals court judges weigh Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage, they must determine what level of constitutional protection to afford those couples currently excluded from marriage.



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