State Capitol
2:19 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State Troopers Push for Pay Hike

Cadets line up during the 61st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy - 2012
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Nearly 70 current and retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are visiting legislators and urging them to pass a bill to give them a pay raise.

The troopers gathered at the Capitol Tuesday and encouraged lawmakers to revive a bill that would give a 16 percent pay raise to all Department of Public Safety employees, including troopers.

Under the measure by State Rep. Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview), the entry-level pay for a state trooper would jump from $38,000 to $44,194.

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Politics and Government
12:58 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Minors Seeking Abortions May Have New Obstacles

The Oklahoma House has given final approval to a bill meant to make it more challenging for a minor to get an abortion without parental consent. The chamber approved Senate amendments to the bill 82-5 today with no questions or debate.

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12:40 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Norman Public Schools Raise The Cost of Lunch

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The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is prompting a slight rise in the cost of lunch at Norman Public Schools.
NORMAN - Norman Public Schools' lunches will see a slight increase in cost following a measure approved Monday evening by the Board of Education. Lunch costs will increase by $0.05 per meal as part of a gradual series of increases to bring the average price of meals to $2.59, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
U.S.
11:43 am
Tue May 7, 2013

In Boston, A Rare Rejection Of The Dead

Protesters gathered Monday outside the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., where the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being prepared for burial.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 1:09 pm

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is stuck in a no-man's land.

The body of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber has been at a funeral home in Worcester, Mass., since Friday, refused burial by local cemeteries.

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Politics
11:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Conservative Group: Immigration Reform Would Cost $6 Trillion

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:00 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

It's not clear what the cost might be of a bipartisan Senate bill that would give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. But today, the conservative Heritage Foundation announced it has the answer. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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7:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

A Third Year of Drought Threatens Southwestern Oklahoma

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Spring rains drowned the “merciless” drought throughout much of the Midwest and Plains, the AP reports. But the drought lingers in pockets of Western and Plains states — “including southwest Oklahoma:”
"Extreme" and "exceptional" drought persists throughout much of the state, especially in southwestern Oklahoma. Low reservoir levels have forced city officials in Altus to issue emergency water restrictions, and Oklahomans throughout the region are worried about the future. Associated Press reporter Sharon Cohen interviewed Kent Walker, a farmer and rancher who lives near Frederick.
Politics and Government
7:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Oklahoma Congressman Wants $20-Billion Food Stamp Cut

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 11:29 am

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas is proposing cutting $20 billion in spending over 10 years for the nation's food stamps program. It is a part of the latest farm bill.

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Politics and Government
6:16 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Fallin Vetoes Pension Improvement Revolving Fund

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed measures to create a pension improvement revolving fund and a task force to study autism in adults, but signed eight other bills.

Fallin issued two veto messages on Monday, saying she rejected the pension improvement revolving fund because it had no funding mechanism. The governor says she supports the goal of improving the state's pension system but that another bill she signed on Monday has an appropriate funding mechanism.

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State Capitol
5:39 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

License to Drive Could Cost More

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety

The cost of getting a driver's license in Oklahoma will go up by about $12 under a bill making its way to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.

The Senate voted 30-15 on Monday to approve the bill that would increase the cost of issuing or renewing a standard driver's license from $21.50 to $33.50.

The cost of various commercial drivers' licenses also is going up by $10. The new rates will be effective Nov. 1.

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Severe Weather
5:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

How Low Can It Go? Tornado Numbers, Deaths Fall

Credit Harold Brooks / NOAA

The 12-month period from May 2012 to April 2013 was remarkable for the absence of tornado activity and tornado impacts in the United States.

We can start by looking at the number of EF1 and stronger tornadoes during that period. A final count is available through January 2013 and we have a pretty good estimate of how many occurred in February through April, although final numbers won’t be available until July. Although the 12 month total may change a little bit with the final data, it’s unlikely to change enough to affect the results here.

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