Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday.
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WATCH: Fallin Says Trump Can Restore Unity, Calm Americans' Fears During RNC Speech

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism. Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power. “Our country has united time and time again on our core values of freedom, and individual liberty, and justice for all people,” Fallin said. “The principles which...
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On Monday, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett became president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Over the weekend, the group met in Indianapolis to elect Cornett and lay out a broad policy agenda for the next year -- much of which focused on advocating in Washington. Mayors will focus on pushing for congressional funding to combat the Zika virus, improve infrastructure and treat opioid addiction.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. on Nov. 4, 2014 shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate
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Several Oklahoma U.S. Senators and House members say they’re disappointed FBI Director James Comey recommended the U.S. Department of Justice not prosecute presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Oklahoma’s senior Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe called Clinton’s use of a private email server "obvious intentional mishandling."

Thomas Weiss addressing a retreat of UN under-secretaries-general on “The Imperative of Change” at the World Economic Forum, Geneva, April 6, 2016.
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Thomas Weiss has spent 40 year studying global governance, the idea that international organizations and groups can work together to solve issues that transcend geographic borders.

“Whether it’s climate change, terrorism, proliferation, Ebola, it simply is impossible for states, no matter how powerful or un-powerful, to address these problems,” Weiss told KGOU’s World Views.

Traffic passes by the parking garage at the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus.
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Three years ago, Oklahoma changed its workers’ compensation laws by saying that a person has to be clocked in or injured on the premises for the benefits to kick in. But the Oklahoma Supreme Court is raising questions about what it means to be at work.

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A waning number of applicants, coupled with a dramatic cut in state funds, is throwing into reverse Teach for America’s efforts to place teachers in public-school classrooms in Oklahoma.

The national program recruits college graduates and professionals to commit to a two-year stint in mostly low-income, struggling schools.

Outside Susan Holmes' house in southeastern Oklahoma, visitors are welcomed by an entryway lined with oxygen bottles and a machine that collects and concentrates oxygen from the air.

"I take two inhalers twice a day," Holmes says. "And I have a nebulizer that I use four times a day, and I use oxygen at night."

She says her asthma returned when she moved to Bokoshe, a decaying town of about 500 people that is flanked by old coal mines. The huge pits have now been filled with hundreds of thousands of tons of coal ash.

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Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections begins moving inmates Tuesday to a newly leased private facility in far western Oklahoma, where state employees will run the prison. The agreement between the state and Corrections Corporation of America is a first in Oklahoma’s prison system.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.
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Kevin Durant is leaving Oklahoma City to join the Golden State Warriors.

The NBA’s former MVP and four-time scoring champion announced his decision Monday morning to play alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on a loaded Warriors team that set the league’s regular season victory record last season.

ESPN reports the two-year deal is worth $54.3 million.

money, cash
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Unused tax credits have created a big cloud over future state revenue collections, and officials say they can’t predict with certainty when or even if a storm might strike.

The tax credit overhang totaled $417 million by the end of 2014 according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of data gathered for the first time by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Comparable data for year-end 2015 won’t be available until early next year.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Jul 3, 2016
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July 3, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Happy New Fiscal Year 2017!!

That is Auld Lang Syne because we closed the books on last fiscal year.

In the last twelve months,

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