Public Television
4:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

OETA Board Discusses ‘3-5-7’ Scenarios

OETA
Credit OETA

The Oklahoma Television Authority Board of Directors discussed options for the ‘3-5-7’ plan and ramifications of loss of state funding during their Tuesday meeting.

The plan, or scenarios as they were referred to in the meeting, is a report requested by the Legislature that projects the impacts of the organization operating without specific amounts of state funding over the course of three, five, or seven years.

The mandate for the report was added by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, as an amendment to HB3198.

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Oklahoma News
3:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Tinker Air Refueling Wing Gets New Squadron And Mission

The emblem of the 507th Air Refueling Wing
Credit 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs.

The 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base is assuming command over the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron from Altus Air Force Base.

The 730th is a reserve unit of the Air Force charged with training aircrew. The reservists in the unit work next to active duty airmen.

Commander Col. Brian Davis of the 507th Air Refueling Wing says the unit is excited to be working with the airmen and happy to be gaining a new mission.

The training squadron is comprised of traditional reservists and air reserve technicians.

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Oklahoma News
2:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Earthquake Insurance Standards To Increase

John Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner
Credit Oklahoma Insurance Commission

Governor Mary Fallin recently approved an emergency rule adopted by Insurance Commissioner John Doak to ensure proper earthquake insurance information is distributed among consumers.

The implementation of the emergency rule requires licensed adjusters and producers to complete of an hour’s worth of education on earthquake insurance every two years.

The requirement to continue earthquake insurance education is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Education
1:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Barresi Updates Board On Status Of ESEA Waiver

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

State Superintendent Janet Barresi told members of the State Board of Education Wednesday that Oklahoma could be facing stricter federal regulation if the state loses its extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

State Department of Education staff filed a request for extension of the flexibility waiver beyond the 2013-2014 school year earlier this month.

The waiver is the Obama administration’s exemption from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act, which was first granted to Oklahoma in 2012.

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Oklahoma News
11:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Duncan Headed For Stricter Water Rationing

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Duncan will move to a higher water conservation status that will take effect later this fall.

The Duncan Banner reports the Stage 4 rationing won't be enforced until October to give residents time to adjust their water usage.

The city revised that status, which previously prohibited all outdoor water usage, to allow residents to use water outside one day each week.

Residents living north of Elk Avenue will be allowed to water their lawns for nine hours on Wednesday. Those living south of Elk Avenue can do so on Saturdays.

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Education
8:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Board Of Education Creates Committee To Determine Process To Replace Common Core

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The Oklahoma Board of Education has created a steering committee to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state's public schools.

The board voted Wednesday to create the committee and appointed board member Amy Ford to chair the committee and board members Lee Baxter and Bill Price to serve as members.

The committee will consist of eight other members that include representatives from higher education as well as a school administrator, teachers and the parent of a public school student.

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Open U.S. Senate Seat
7:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Johnson Ready To Battle Lankford For Senate Seat

Connie Johnson, Democratic Nominee For the U.S. Senate.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma state Sen. Connie Johnson says she's "temporarily relieved" after winning the Democratic nomination to face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Johnson won Tuesday's primary runoff for a spot on the November ballot. Lankford won the GOP nomination in the June primary.

Johnson said Wednesday that she'll work to improve education and bring jobs to Oklahoma. She says she believes she can win, despite Oklahoma's reputation as a solidly Republican "red state."

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit To Block Wind Turbines Near Kingfisher

Windmills near Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr Creative Commons

Seven landowners filed a class-action lawsuit this week to prevent wind turbines from being built near their homes in Canadian and Kingfisher counties.

In the complaint, which is embedded above, the landowners claim that planned wind farm projects controlled by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy would create a nuisance, devalue their property and adversely affect their health.

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Xanadu Exploration
6:17 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Slaughterville Says Yes To Oil Drilling In Town

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Officials in a central Oklahoma town say it's OK for a business to start oil drilling in the area.

The Norman Transcript reports the Slaughterville Town Council voted 3 to 1 at a special meeting Tuesday to approve a permit for Xanadu Exploration to drill a well. The company's president Larry Sweet was present at the meeting to answer questions.

Town administrator Marsha Blair says Slaughterville has ordinances to keep wells away from homes and to monitor the cleanliness of well sites.

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Filed Petition
5:02 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Same-Sex Tulsa Couple Wants U.S. Supreme Court To Take Up Marriage Ban

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Lawyers for a same-sex Tulsa couple seeking the right to marry in Oklahoma have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to take up their case.

The couple, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, sued Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith for failing to issue them a marriage license shortly after voters in Oklahoma approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

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