Business and Economy
10:12 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Unemployment Rate Climbs in All 77 Oklahoma Counties

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Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate rose in every one of its 77 counties in May, a trend they say is not uncommon for the month.

Figures released on Tuesday show Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate of 9 percent in May, up from 8.2 percent in April. The lowest unemployment rate was in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma at 2.2 percent, which was an increase from 1.8 percent in April.

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OneSix8
10:08 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Endless Independence Day Options

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Fourth of July celebratory options can be overwhelming. With barbecues, fireworks, and The Star Spangled Banner on repeat, it’s hard to know where to start. This week’s OneSix8 highlights a few events to help narrow down options for your Independence Day holiday. 

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Oklahoma Revenue Collections
8:58 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Revenue Down In June, But State Ends FY 2013 Up

State Treasurer Ken Miller
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State Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections for June were down compared to the same month last year, but that as the fiscal year ended Sunday, collections outpaced 2012.

Gross receipts for the month of June were about $976 million, a decrease of about 1.9 percent from June 2012.

“While our monthly numbers are down slightly, the broader picture of annual collections indicate moderate expansion of Oklahoma’s economy,” Miller says. “Broad indictors show there is still reason to be optimistic about our state’s financial course.”

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8:12 am
Wed July 3, 2013

At OU's Journalism School, Tornado Coverage Hits Home

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When the sky went black with the May 20 Moore tornado, The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication students, professors, and alumni immediately converged on the area of destruction in OU’s backyard in order to cover the overwhelming story and help get information out to an anxious public.
When the sky went black with the May 20 Moore tornado, Gaylord College students, professors, and alumni immediately converged on the area of destruction in OU's backyard in order to cover the overwhelming story and help get information out to an anxious public.
StateImpact Oklahoma
7:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Shawnee Can’t Afford To Fluoridate, And Kids Are Getting Cavities

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The count of kids with cavities is on the rise in Pottawatomie County, where no fluoride is added to the public water systems.

And pediatric health groups and a local dental association are sounding alarms, the Shawnee News-Star’s Madi Alexander reports:

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Oklahoma Politics
6:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Lankford Addresses Immigration, Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would delay the deadline companies with 50 or more full-time employees must comply with the Affordable Care Act until 2015.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK5) says requirements of the law, also known as Obamacare, are too far-reaching for real, law-abiding small business owners to implement.

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State Testing
1:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Oklahoma To Withdraw From Testing Group

Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi
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Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi says the state is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Barresi says that the decision to withdraw from the multistate group was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test-taking that would be involved with it.

Barresi says their concerns, along with her own about the technological readiness of the state's public schools and higher anticipated costs, were her three primary reasons for backing out.

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Affordable Care Act
10:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Oklahoma AG Says Hobby Lobby Bolsters His Challenge

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Oklahoma's attorney general says a court decision favoring Hobby Lobby's fight against parts of the new federal health care law bolsters his fight against the law.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is challenging parts of the Affordable Care Act. The law imposes tax penalties in certain cases, but federal lawyers say the Anti-Injunction Act prevents Oklahoma from raising questions about taxes before they're levied.

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May 2013 Tornadoes
9:43 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Moore Council Tables Proposal On Storm Shelters

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The Moore City Council has tabled a proposal that would have required storm shelters for houses, apartments, mobile homes and group residential housing.

Also Monday, the council delayed voting on a measure that would have required bolting and fastening to strengthen homes against tornadoes. The Norman Transcript reports Mayor Glenn Lewis says the city will meet with local builders before moving forward with the ordinances.

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eCapitol
8:22 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Autism Diagnosis Numbers Rise in Oklahoma, Services Availability Insufficient

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the number of Oklahoma children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder has risen significantly over the past decade.

In 2010, Oklahoma was estimated to have 3,062 children ages 3 to 21 identified as having Autism. That number has risen drastically from 2002, when those reported in the same age group was 844.

Oklahoma Autism Network Director René Daman tells Emily Summars with eCapitol added diagnoses and improvements in the screening process contribute to the increase.

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