Prescription Drugs
9:45 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Prescription Discounts Available For Some Needy Oklahomans

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Cards that provide a discount on prescription medications for the needy in Oklahoma will be offered through a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

The food bank announced the partnership with Watertree Health in which every person served by the food bank will be given a free Regional Food Bank Prescription card.

Food bank officials say the card is good for discounts on both brand name and generic prescriptions and is accepted at a variety of outlets and pharmacies that fill prescriptions.

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Parallels
8:27 am
Thu December 5, 2013

China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond

Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it travels toward a military base in Sanya, Hainan province, in this undated picture made available on Nov. 30.
China Stringer Network Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:18 am

China has been building up its military strength for some time now, and pushing ever farther from its coastline and into international waters. The real concern now is for miscalculation — particularly with Japan — that ends up in gunfire.

Just six months ago, the Pentagon released its annual report on China's military. Its defense budget was growing. The country was building more stealthy aircraft and submarines. It even bought an aircraft carrier from the Ukraine.

Pentagon official David Helvey highlighted particular areas of concern.

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Common Core
8:14 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Despite Opposition, State Education Officials Say Repeal Of Common Core Standards ‘Unlikely’

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Despite continued opposition to new public-school standards, Oklahoma education officials say they are more confident than they were earlier this year that the standards will be fully implemented.

In a national survey conducted by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, Oklahoma State Department of Education officials indicated in May that it was “somewhat likely” that the state’s decision to adopt Common Core State Standards would be reversed, limited or changed, according to a copy of the survey obtained by Oklahoma Watch through an Open Records Act request.

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Same-Sex Couples Benefit Requests Processed
8:19 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Fallin Directive To National Guard Causes Little Disruption

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Nearly a month after a directive by Gov. Mary Fallin changed the way the Oklahoma National Guard handles marriage benefits, Guard officials say the change has caused little disruption.

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"The Reddest State"
6:14 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

GOP Superstars In Oklahoma

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Whether it's Oklahoma's conservative reputation or the national profile of its own Republican leaders, the Sooner State is proving to be a popular spot lately for GOP superstars.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to attend a birthday party fundraiser for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday. And last week U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited Tulsa to raise money for U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Misses Legislative Deadline In Oklahoma-Texas Border Dispute

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Exactly where the border between Oklahoma and Texas lies along the Red River has never been completely clear, especially where Lake Texoma covers the original river shore.

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Business and Economy
1:29 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Oklahoma Economy Grew In November, Even Without Black Friday

State Treasurer Ken Miller
Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma's economy continued to grow last month.

State Treasurer Ken Miller says gross receipts were up by 7.3 percent, or $58 million, compared to November 2012.

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Business and Economy
12:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Forecast: Jobs Up In 2014, But Only In OKC And Tulsa

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Oklahoma could see more jobs, if predictions from a new economic forecast come true.

Economist Dan Rickman expects 20,000 jobs will be added to the state’s economy in the next year. He says most of those will come in the administrative and support services, with more than 5,000 new workers.

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Education
11:52 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Fallin Sets Common Core Standards Protections In Executive Order

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order on the adoption of the federal Common Core Education Standards.

The governor says the order is intended to "prevent federal overreach" and protect student privacy.

READ FALLIN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

U.S. Job Growth Surged In November, Report Signals

Air Force Staff Sgt. Bri Smith (right) of Atlanta talks with a Mary Kay consultant during a November job fair for veterans.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 11:54 am

A report from payroll company ADP finds that "the U.S. private sector added 215,000 jobs during November making it the strongest month for job growth in 2013," says the company's president and chief executive, Carlos Rodriguez.

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