7:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Oklahoma Becomes Second State To Lose NCLB Waiver

State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi speaks about the federal government's denial of an NCLB waiver extension.
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma is officially losing its No Child Left Behind waiver, a move that will label most of the state’s schools as failing to meet federal guidelines and will tie up as much as $30 million in federal funding.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi accused the Obama administration of putting money and politics before the education of Oklahoma students in revoking the waiver Thursday.

State leaders knew the waiver was in jeopardy after Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill in June that repealed the Common Core academic standards in Oklahoma, a move lawmakers said could have a fiscal impact on districts.

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Ruling Under Appeal
6:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Scholarship Program For Disabled Ruled Unconstitutional

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An Oklahoma district judge has ruled that a portion of a scholarship program for students with disabilities that's funded with state money is unconstitutional.

The judge ruled Thursday that funds from the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program cannot be used to send students to sectarian schools. The judge also stayed the order pending an appeal — meaning the program remains unchanged for the time being.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he will appeal the ruling.

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Ground Breaking Ceremony Today
1:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Muscogee Creek Nation To Open New Food Distribution Center

Credit Muscogee Creek Nation

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is breaking ground on a new 7,900-square-foot food distribution center in Coweta.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the construction site next to the Coweta Indian Health Center.

The Koweta Food Distribution Center will serve more than 300 tribal citizens in need of nutritional assistance. The program services low-income Native American households and is an alternative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Tulsa News
10:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Bartlett Delivers Optimistic State of the City Address

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett delivers his state of the city address Wednesday at Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:28 pm

"There are truly many reasons to say we're in the best of times," said the narrator of a video played near the end of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett's state of the city address Wednesday.

It was a visual summary of the mayor's speech. Bartlett focused on why Tulsa is now in a good position after two recessions: Low unemployment, economic development and industrial partnerships.

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10:33 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Blues, Phantom Unmasked And Oktoberfest Entertain Labor Day Weekend

A shot of Arcadia Municipal Park.

The Arcadia Blues Festival returns for its 32nd year Friday, August 29 at Arcadia Municipal Park.

The family-oriented festival features authentic national and regional blues talent, with entertainment for visitors of all ages.

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9:42 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Faces Racketeering Accusations

A Michigan Judge Will Rule On Whether Chesapeake Energy Will Face Trial On Racketeering Charges.
Credit Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

A northern Michigan judge plans to issue a ruling on whether Chesapeake Energy should stand trial on racketeering charges that accuse it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.

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8:40 am
Thu August 28, 2014

West Nile Virus Found In Oklahoma Mosquitoes

Oklahoma County public health officials announced Wednesday that mosquitoes bearing West Nile virus are now present in the metro area.
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Public health authorities announced Wednesday that the potentially fatal West Nile virus is now present in Oklahoma County mosquitoes.

An Oklahoma City-County Health Department spokesman confirmed a mosquito population is infected. There haven't been human infections reported in the county.

Only two people have been infected statewide this year. The cases were reported in Tulsa and Major counties.

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7:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

James Tomsheck poses in his office in Washington in June 2009. At the time, he was assistant commissioner for internal affairs with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:53 am

Two months ago, James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

At the time, authorities criticized him for not doing enough to investigate abuse and corruption.

But now Tomsheck tells a very different story: about a culture that goes out of its way to evade legal restraints.

Use of force by law enforcement agents along the Southwest border has drawn attention and criticism recently, after reports that Border Patrol agents shot and killed unarmed migrants and faced no consequences.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:43 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Boom And Gloom: Tourism And Industry Collide Along Oklahoma’s Scenic Rivers

Debbie Doss, conservationist for the Arkansas Canoe Club, stands on Natural Dam a few hundred feet upstream from Lee Creek in northwest Arkansas.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

A narrow rock wall holds back all but a couple of tiny waterfalls that sneak through cracks and flow into Lee Creek. This natural dam is so unique a nearby town in northwest Arkansas was named for it.

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Oklahoma Watch
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

More Oklahoma Teachers Enter Classrooms Without Certification

A classroom.
Credit comedy_nose / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma has seen an explosion in the number of teachers applying for emergency classroom certification, meaning more districts are relying on teachers to teach subjects they are not fully trained for.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has received 280 applications for emergency certifications, also called exemptions, since July. That's up from 198 last year and 99 in 2012.

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