Elections
3:38 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Okays Challenge To Voter ID Law

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a Tulsa County voter has legal standing to challenge the state's Voter ID law.

The state's highest court handed down the order Tuesday for voter Delilah Christine Gentges, who filed the lawsuit challenging the law shortly after it was approved by voters in November 2010.

The Supreme Court's order sends the case back to Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis to decide Gentges' constitutional challenge to the law that requires voters to prove their identity before voting.

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State Capitol
1:23 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Oklahoma Revenue Collections Improve In January

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State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma government's main operating fund improved in January, lessening the chance that mandatory budget cuts will be ordered for the current fiscal year.

Figures released Tuesday by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services show January collections to the General Revenue Fund totaled $610 million. That amount is 6.5 percent above the official estimate used to build the current year's state budget.

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All Tech Considered
12:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Internet Flexes Political Muscle With Anti-NSA Protest

Thousands of websites participating in the "Day We Fight Back" will show this banner, or something similar, to site visitors.
Courtesy of Demand Progress

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:27 pm

Reddit, Tumblr and Mozilla are among nearly 6,000 websites participating in "The Day We Fight Back," an online protest Tuesday against government surveillance.

The goal of the protest, organizers say, is partly to pass a federal bill called the USA Freedom Act, which is intended to rein in the mass surveillance programs by the National Security Agency that were exposed by Edward Snowden.

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Education
11:39 am
Tue February 11, 2014

More Oklahoma Schools Cancel Class For March Rally

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More schools have announced plans to cancel classes March 31 so students and staff can attend a rally at the state Capitol in favor of more education funding.

The Tulsa World reports that school boards in Bixby, Broken Arrow and Sapulpa all voted Monday to cancel classes for the March for Education rally. Leaders in Claremore and Owasso have tabled discussions on the issue until next month.

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State Capitol
9:33 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Oklahoma House Income Tax Cut Bill Advances

A fiscal analysis of the income tax cut bill shows it would take $844 million out of the state budgeting process annually when fully implemented.
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A plan to deeply slash the state's income tax from 5.25 percent to 4 percent during the next four years has cleared its first hurdle.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation voted 10-3 Monday to approve the bill, which now heads to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

The bill by Mustang Republican Representative Leslie Osborn would cut the tax rate to 4.75 percent in 2015, then reduce the rate by .25 percent each year until it reaches 4 percent in 2018.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:11 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Federal Government Approves PSO’s Plan To Retire Coal-Fired Power Plants

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Public Service Company of Oklahoma — which provides electricity to more than a half-million Oklahomans — can move ahead with plans to retire its coal-fired power plants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

The agreement between the utility, state, and EPA is expected to bring PSO into compliance with regional haze regulations, the federal government’s effort to clear the air at national parks and wildlife refuges.

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State Capitol
9:03 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Abortion Restriction Bills Set For Oklahoma House Panel Hearing

Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma are scheduled for a hearing in a state House committee.

The House Public Health Committee is expected to consider both bills during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Tue February 11, 2014

No Change In Fed Policy, Yellen Signals

Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Since every word that the head of the Federal Reserve utters is closely watched by those in the financial markets, it's worth noting that in her first appearance before Congress since being confirmed Fed Chair Janet Yellen plans to say Tuesday that:

"I expect a great deal of continuity in the FOMC's approach to monetary policy."

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Dies; Childhood Movie Star Became Diplomat

Shirley Temple when she was the nation's biggest movie star.
AP

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:55 am

  • 'Morning Edition' looks back at the life of Shirley Temple
  • A bit of 'On the Good Ship Lollipop'

Shirley Temple, who charmed the nation as a child movie star in the 1930s and went on to become one of the nation's diplomats in posts that included ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, has died.

She was 85.

The Associated Press writes that publicist Cheryl Kagan says the actress, known as Shirley Temple Black in her private life, died late Monday evening at her home near San Francisco. Kagan tells the AP that Temple's family and caregivers were with her.

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Boy's Sister Made Complaint To Governor
6:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

DHS Firing Two Employees Over Disabled Youth's Death

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Oklahoma's Department of Human Services says it's firing two employees over their mishandling of a case involving a disabled 15-year-old boy who died of pneumonia last year after suffering alleged neglect and abuse at his father's home.

Quinten Wood died Jan. 4, 2013.

The state agency also said Monday that an internal investigation into Woods' case has prompted an overhaul of how it improves child protection — particularly when DHS becomes involved in cases with children who have mental and developmental disabilities.

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