State Capitol
10:31 am
Wed May 21, 2014

House Passes Overhaul Of Oklahoma's Pension System

State Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Edmond)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma House approved legislation Tuesday that eliminates traditional pension benefits for newly hired state workers and replaces it with a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

The measure creates a defined contribution retirement system for state workers after November 2015. Workers hired prior to that time will keep their current defined benefit pension plan.

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State Capitol
9:02 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Approves $7.1 Billion Budget Bill For Fiscal Year 2015

State Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond), the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved a $7.1 billion budget bill that funds state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Senate voted 31-9 Tuesday for the bill that puts into law the agreement reached last week between the Senate, House and governor's office. The measure now moves to the House for final consideration.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Norman Lawmakers Push Wastewater Reuse In Search For Long-Term Water Fix

Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma - June 2013
Kristina and David Flickr Creative Commons

Norman’s water problems are well documented. From dwindling supplies at Lake Thunderbird — the city’s deeply troubled main source of water — to anoverstressed and aging water treatment plant. Not to mention the outcry over the use of drinking water to drill an oil well with the public under mandatory conservation rules.

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Sweetness And Light
5:55 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Don't Judge Exceptional Players By The Company They Keep

Some critics have hedged their appraisals of Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant solely because his team hasn't won a title, says commentator Frank Deford.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

Ty Cobb, miserable human being that he was, is still considered the greatest American athlete of his era. But did you know the Georgia Peach never played on a championship team? Still, when the first Baseball Hall of Fame elections were held, he got the most votes –– even more than Babe Ruth.

Ted Williams was never a champion, either. Nor Barry Sanders, Elgin Baylor, Dan Marino or many of the very best team athletes.

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"setting up that child for failure"
6:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Fallin Vetoes Bill That Would Have Helped Third Graders With Reading Problems

Credit Carissa Rogers / Flickr.com

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level.

Fallin vetoed the bill on Tuesday, saying that allowing students who can't read to advance to the fourth grade is "setting that child up for failure."

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Resolution Must Still Be Approved
4:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

No Pay Raise For Governor And Attorney General

Credit peasap / Flickr.com

Judges on Oklahoma's appellate courts and statewide elected officials like the governor and attorney general won't be getting pay raises next year under a measure approved by a House budget panel.

A House committee on Tuesday approved the resolution by House Speaker Jeff Hickman. The proposal would allow pay raises of up to 6 percent for district attorneys and district judges across Oklahoma. The measure still must be approved by the full House and Senate.

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Severe Storms
1:21 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

12 Things You May Not Know About The 2013 Moore Tornado

Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the May 20, 2013 tornado that killed 24 residents in Moore, injured hundreds, and caused an estimated $2 billion in damage.

To mark the occasion, the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service put together a presentation highlighting a dozen observations from the 2013 storms in the community also hard-hit by strong, violent tornadoes in May 1999 and May 2013.

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Oklahoma News
12:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds Gather For Tornado Anniversary, Hospital Groundbreaking

The Moore Fire Department Honor Guard rings a bell to honor each of the 25 victims of the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Kate Carlton The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Local and state officials gathered Tuesday morning in Moore to honor the 24 people killed and hundreds injured May 20, 2013 when a tornado struck the city.

Gov. Mary Fallin said thousands of Oklahomans went above and beyond the call of duty last year, but singled out educators from Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools.

"Our teachers who used their own bodies as a shield, to help save children, to help protect children,” Fallin said. “Our teachers are our heroes."

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Tue May 20, 2014

NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:41 pm

NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.

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State Capitol
9:38 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmakers Eye Budget, Hope For Adjournment This Week

State Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond), the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa)
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Oklahoma lawmakers are preparing to take up budget bills for the upcoming year as they look toward an early adjournment of the 2014 Legislature.

Members of the House and Senate return to the Capitol Tuesday afternoon to consider enacting a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Senate was expected to take up the fiscal year 2015 general appropriations bill Monday but did not do so, while a number of other measures won approval on the floor.

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