29 Democrats Pledge Support
5:54 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

House Democrats Support Proposal To Finish Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

The 29 Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have agreed to support a Senate-backed measure to spend $40 million to complete an unfinished American Indian museum in Oklahoma City.

The announcement by House Democratic Leader Scott Inman on Wednesday could boost the chances for the proposal to pass the House, where many Republicans oppose the idea.

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OSU Did not admit liability
4:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

OSU Settles Lawsuit With Anti-Abortion Group

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Oklahoma State University has settled a lawsuit with an anti-abortion group that said it wasn't allowed to distribute leaflets with graphic images on campus.

OSU and Cowboys for Life settled the federal lawsuit last week that alleged the university refused to allow the group to display leaflets and signs of an aborted fetus in heavily trafficked areas of campus.

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State Capitol
12:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

House Rejects Expansion Of Oklahoma's DNA Database

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A plan to require people facing trial for certain crimes to submit DNA samples to law enforcement has been rejected by the Oklahoma House, despite an emotional plea from the bill's author.

On Wednesday, the House voted 51-35 against the bill by Stillwater Republican Rep. Lee Denney, who says the measure would help solve cases and would only target people charged with particularly heinous crimes.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Reading Scramble: Teachers Prep Third Graders For Read-Or-Fail

Credit Nate Robson / Oklahoma Watch

Two years ago, when Oklahoma third-grade students took the state’s annual reading test, nearly 5,500 them, or 11 percent, failed.

Last year, the results were worse, despite a stepped-up focus on reading instruction: 12 percent of third graders scored at the lowest of four levels, unsatisfactory, meaning they were still reading at about a first-grade level.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Don't Worry, They Say, 100-Foot Asteroid Will Miss Us Today

A NASA artist's illustration depicts an asteroid belt around a star that the space agency says is "the same age and size as our Sun."
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:56 am

Don't say you weren't warned.

But also don't worry, the experts say.

As we wrote last month when an asteroid measuring about 900 feet long passed near enough to Earth to generate headlines about a "close encounter," more rocks are always headed our way.

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Tornado
9:57 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Judge Orders $15 Million Judgment In Woodward Tornado Case

The path of the April 2012 tornado that hit Woodward.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

An Oklahoma judge says Farmers Insurance and a subsidiary must pay a total of $15 million to three plaintiffs whose homes were damaged in the 2012 Woodward tornado.

District Judge Ray Dean Linder ruled in favor of three plaintiffs who filed breach of contract lawsuits against Farmers Insurance and Foremost Insurance Group. The lawsuit alleged that the insurance companies underpaid claims and used adjusters that they knew would offer low estimates.

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Open Meetings
8:16 am
Wed March 5, 2014

State Board Of Education Gets Redo On Previous Votes

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi

The State Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday to approve once again previously voted on actions from their Feb. 27 monthly meeting in Enid.

The board neglected to file its change of location from Oklahoma City to Enid with the Secretary of State’s Office 10 days in advance of that meeting as required by the Open Meeting Act, making all votes taken that day invalid.

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Business
6:46 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Obama's Budget: Magic Wand Or Club?

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his 2015 budget plan Tuesday at Powell Elementary School in Washington.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:02 am

Think of the budget plan released Tuesday by President Obama as a magic wand. If he could wave it and make every line come true, how would the U.S. economy look?

Like this:

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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Time For Tense Negotiations In Ukraine, Kerry Says

Armed men in unmarked military uniforms — who witnesses believe are Russian troops, but who Russian leaders say are "local self-defense" forces — stand outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the Crimean village of Perevalnoye.
Maxim Shipenkov EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 6:15 am

This post was updated at 5:10 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said all sides agree that the crisis on the Crimean Peninsula must be resolved through dialogue, but he acknowledged there has yet to be one-on-one discussions between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart.

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Plan To File A Brief To Appeals Court
6:20 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Current And Former Republican Lawmakers Support Same-Sex Marriage

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A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it's consistent with Western conservative values of freedom and liberty.

A group that includes former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas plan to file a brief to a federal appeals court in Denver that's reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has hearings in mid-April for both cases.

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