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4:14 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Edmond Man Arrested For Human Trafficking

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Wilmington police have arrested two men and charged them with human trafficking and kidnapping in connection with the reported abduction of two North Dakota sisters.

Police department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said 22-year-old Jeremy Dean Moots of Edmond, Oklahoma, and 28-year-old Justin Angermeier of Cameron, Missouri, are each charged with human trafficking, involuntary servitude, second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a juvenile.

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Oklahoma News
11:40 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Fallin Supports Limited Use Of Cannabis Oil

The bud of a Cannabis sativa flower coated with trichomes.
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Gov. Mary Fallin says she supports the legalization of an oil derived from cannabis, but says she remains firmly opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana.

Fallin asked lawmakers Wednesday to support the legalization of cannabidiol, which is an oil derived from the marijuana plant. The oil can only be taken orally and is non-psychoactive. Research suggests it may be effective to treat toddlers with rare conditions that cause seizures and strokes.

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Shots - Health News
11:05 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Quite a few big businesses plan to offer workers health insurance options that have so few benefits that they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:40 pm

Nearly 1 in 6 companies plans to offer health coverage that doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements for value and affordability, a national survey of employers finds.

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Oklahoma News
9:49 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Norman City Council Approves Zoning Change At Proposed Wal-Mart Site

The field at 24th Ave. SE and Classen Blvd. in Norman where developers have proposed building a Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

It was 1:00 a.m. when the Norman City Council gave its approval to a zoning change that would allow a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Southeast Norman.

The council told numerous residents speaking against the zoning request that Norman needs the sales tax revenue from the proposed big-box retailer that would be built at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Ave. SE and Classen Boulevard (U.S. 77) just south of State Highway 9.

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Oklahoma News
8:51 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Report: Inhofe's Son Was Flying New Aircraft Solo

Perry Inhofe (right) with U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and son Cole.
Senator Jim Inhofe Facebook

A federal report says the son of a U.S. senator was flying a new type of aircraft for the first time alone when he was killed in a plane crash.

Perry Inhofe, the son of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, died in the November 2013 crash near Tulsa. According to a National Transportation Safety Board factual report, Perry Inhofe was flying solo in a 1974 Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 from Salina, Kansas, to Tulsa when the crash occurred.

The report released Monday says Perry Inhofe had logged 2,874 total flight hours. Toxicology found no signs of alcohol or drugs except ibuprofen.

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Oklahoma News
6:46 am
Wed August 13, 2014

New Moore Elementary School Readying For Students

Principal Patrick Chase stands in front of Paws, the school mascot, which is painted on the last remaining piece of wall that stood after a tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Graham Lee Brewer Facebook

Officials with Moore Public Schools are preparing for the new school year with a newly rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary School following the 2013 tornado that killed seven students.

Officials with the school district and Plaza Towers led a media tour of the new school on Tuesday. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013. Seven students were killed.

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6:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Statewide Virtual Charter School Board Still Faces Problems

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The board of The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School faces an uncertain future in terms of their extended support from the State Department of Education due to unclear language in the bill that created it. The report to the board members was made Tuesday. 

The unclear bill, created two sessions ago, calls for the State Department of Education to provide staffing to the board until the end of this year but gives no indication as to whether the board has the authority to hire new staff or contract with the department for its current staff thereafter.

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Politics and Government
5:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

FY2015’s First Month General Revenue Fund Collections Top Prior Year Income

Preston Doerflinger, Office of State Finance director, during a November 2011 tax credit task force meeting.
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Fiscal year 2015’s first month General Revenue Fund collections significantly exceeded those of the prior year and the estimate for this year,

Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Services Preston Doerflinger reported Tuesday that July’s General Revenue Fund collections of $471 million were $61.2 million, or 14.9 percent, above prior year collections and $69.6 million, or 17.3 percent, above the official estimate. The estimate is what the FY2015 appropriated state budget is based. The new fiscal year began July 1.

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Oklahoma Watch
5:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Oklahoma's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver In Doubt After Rejecting Common Core

Nick Conroy Oklahoma Watch

Mid-year teacher layoffs are a possibility if Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver is rejected by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to get the one-year waiver, for which the state submitted a request Tuesday, could tie up nearly $28 million in federal funding used for programs that help students in poverty.

Instead of being used to fund reading programs or to hire teachers, the money would be used for programs such as tutoring or to bus students to different schools.

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Oklahoma News
4:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

State Senator Ellis Continues Push For Quake Action

State Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valiant.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Sen. Jerry Ellis continued his push today for state and federal officials to take action to address the “remarkable” number of earthquakes in Oklahoma.

“I don’t know how long this has to continue, how severe it has to get, and how many scientific studies have to be undertaken, before Oklahomans collectively accept that there is hard evidence that these earthquakes are not naturally occurring phenomena,” Sen. Jerry Ellis, D-Valliant, said Tuesday.

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