9:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

If You Want to Understand Oklahoma’s Drought, Go Play in the Dirt

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But what falls from the sky is only part of the equation. In Oklahoma, droughts are meteorological — and agricultural.
Spring rains have started to fill rivers and reservoirs, and helped bring relief to parts of drought-stricken Oklahoma. But what falls from the sky is only part of the equation. In Oklahoma, droughts are meteorological - and agricultural.
9:10 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Locating the Uninsured

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"In some counties in Oklahoma, a quarter to nearly a third of the population lacks health insurance. The highest percentages are found in smaller, rural counties, such as Cimarron County and Harmon County. Counties with higher poverty rates, such as in southeastern Oklahoma, tend to have greater shares of uninsured residents."
( Interactive by Darren Jaworski. Story by Chase Cook.) More than a fifth of Oklahomans under the age of 65 do not have health insurance, giving the state the sixth highest uninsured rate in the nation. More than 690,000 non-elderly Oklahomans, or 21.9 percent, were uninsured in 2010, according to the U.S.
Politics and Government
5:59 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Republican Legislators Draft Alternate Healthcare Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of Oklahoma Republican legislators have developed an alternative plan to provide health coverage to uninsured residents that would require most recipients to work and make modest co-payments.

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5:57 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

House Democrats Concerned Over Education Funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democrats in the Oklahoma House are expressing concern about funding for public education.

Democratic House members will join state school superintendents, principals, teachers and students Wednesday to discuss legislative negotiations on an education budget.

Legislation passed a decade ago requires lawmakers to present a public school budget to the governor no later than April 1. Local school districts face an April 10 deadline for notifying certified teachers if their contracts will be renewed for the following school year.

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Business and Economy
5:56 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Insurance Officials Announce Consumer Bill of Rights

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma insurance officials are compiling a consumer bill of rights to let home and car owners know what their legal rights are when they are affected by severe weather or some other calamity.

Commissioner of Insurance John Doak said Tuesday the index summarizes consumer rights under state law and Insurance Department rules. Legislation that authorizes it was passed in the state Senate Monday and is pending in the House.

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Business and Economy
5:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State Releases OKC Communications Project Audit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City lacked proper internal controls over the way it paid a vendor hired to integrate its communications system, but a state audit suggests there was no evidence to support allegations of misappropriated public funds for personal gain.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released the audit of Oklahoma City's public safety information technology project on Tuesday. City officials requested the audit in October.

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Smoking Ban
2:15 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Fallin Signs State Property Smoking Ban

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday allowing cities and counties to restrict tobacco use at parks, libraries, golf courses, baseball fields and other properties beginning Nov. 1.

The bill by State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) and State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) also formalizes Fallin’s executive order issued last year banning tobacco use in state-owned buildings and on state property.

Ownbey says putting the governor’s executive order into statute needed to be done, and local control is something lawmakers always talk about.

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12:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Computer Crash Stops State Testing of Students

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Students in Oklahoma and Indiana were among those who had their state-mandated tests halted due to problems with computer servers in New Jersey.
By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer on Apr 30, 2013, at 2:28 AM Updated on 4/30/13 at 7:38 AM School testing came to a halt statewide early Monday because the CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company servers in New Jersey crashed around 9 a.m., state education officials said.
State Capitol
11:59 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Senate Sends Workers' Comp Overhaul to Fallin

Back injuries are common cases for Oklahoma's workers' compensation system.
Credit Darcie / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Senate has approved a Republican-backed plan to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system, sending the proposal to Gov. Mary Fallin for her likely signature.

The nearly 300-page bill went through several rewrites and adjustments before passing the House, and the Senate approved the House version with a 35-12 vote Tuesday along party lines. All Democrats present opposed the bill.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Obama: Rumors Of My Demise Are Exaggerated

President Obama during his news conference Tuesday at the White House.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 1:02 pm

  • President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

(We updated the top of this post with a recap at 11:45 a.m. ET.)

Joking that a reporter's question Tuesday about whether he has "any juice" left to get things done in Washington made it sound like "I should just pack up and go home," President Obama paraphrased Mark Twain:

"Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated," the president said, as he predicted that an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws will be among the things that get accomplished in his second term.

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