Oklahoma Politics
1:23 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman talks about his "Classrooms First" education plan Thursday after being introduced by state Rep. Eric Proctor (left).

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Gov. Mary Fallin’s Democratic challenger wants to boost per-pupil spending on education by $50 by using the state’s franchise tax as a funding source.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding," state Rep. Joe Dorman said Thursday at a news conference. "This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential."

There was a moratorium on franchise tax collections from 2010 to 2013. ​

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Here & Now
12:44 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Oil Train Workers Raise Questions About Safety

BNSF Railway, the second largest freight network in the U.S., is at the center of the boom in crude by rail. The railroad touts its commitment to safety. Current and former workers question the safety culture on the ground. (Michael Werner)

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:07 pm

Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year. Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail.

More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon.

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World Views
12:09 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Beyond Hollywood, 'Call Of Duty': Why Special Forces Are The Future Of The U.S. Military

Soldiers from the U.S. Special Forces review map data while conducting an operation in Panjawi district, Kandahar province July 10, 2010.
Sgt. David Russell U.S. Army

The so-called “light footprint strategy” has been a hallmark of President Obama’s military engagement strategy as he pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq and winds down the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. That drawdown of massive units of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilian support staff means a stronger reliance on smaller, more elite military groups.

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Oklahoma News
11:18 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Oklahoma Workers Comp Commission Lays Off More Than A Dozen Employees

Back injuries are a common workers' compensation claim.
Credit Darcie / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma's Workers Compensation Commission has laid off 16 employees as the organization transitions from a court-based system to an administrative one.

Commission Executive Director Rick Farmer confirmed the layoffs Wednesday but declined to identify the employees. Wednesday's layoffs bring the total number of staff from 74 to 58.

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With The U.S. Senior Open, Woodyfest, A Disney Play And Opera

Two-time Major Champion and internationally recognized golfer Vijay Singh competes at the U.S. Senior Open on the Oak Tree National Golf Course in Edmond.
Credit www.TourProGolfClubs.com / Flickr Creative Commons

In the wake of Independence Day the family fun keeps rolling with golf and some on-stage delights.

Organizers at Oak Tree National Country Club and Golf Course in Edmond expect more than 120,000 spectators throughout the weekend for the U.S. Golf Association’s Senior Open.

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Immigration
9:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Oklahoma House Speaker, Governor Push Immigration Reform

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating
Jim Greenhill Flickr Creative Commons

Several Oklahoma Republican leaders have joined a nationwide coalition of business and manufacturing groups in urging Congress to pass immigration reform they say is vital to the nation's economy.

Former House Speaker Kris Steele and former Gov. Frank Keating wants the GOP and President Obama to work together to enact federal legislation on immigration.

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Immigration
7:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Coburn Blasts HHS For Keeping Bridenstine Out Of Fort Sill Facility

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) during Wednesday's Senate hearing on U.S. border security.
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told a senior Obama administration official Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services should've allowed U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) access to a facility at Fort Sill housing more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern U.S. border.

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Shots - Health News
6:34 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:30 am

If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.

At least that's the suggestion of a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Weather and Climate
6:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Farmers Hoping For More Rain To Lessen Drought

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help save crops and cattle.

But they concede conditions could change quickly, like they did last year when Oklahoma settled back into the oppressive heat of the summer months. Crops wilted and hay shortages were prevalent across a large swath of the state.

Tim Bartram, with the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, says if periodic rains suddenly dry up, many farmers will be left with a familiar picture from last season.

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Concern Over Vehicle Emissions
5:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

EPA And DOD Come To Agreement To Benefit Rural Fire Departments

Credit JIm Legans, Jr / Flickr.com

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says a deal has been reached between two federal agencies that will allow local firefighters to continue receiving surplus military equipment.

Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator issued a statement Wednesday praising the agreement reached between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense.

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