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Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2016 State of the State address Feb. 1, 2016.
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Gov. Mary Fallin announced a new criminal justice task force Wednesday. The 18-member group wants to have data-driven policy reforms proposed in time for the 2017 legislative session.

 

Fallin says The Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force aims to reduce Oklahoma’s prison population while maintaining public safety and controlling the ever-increasing cost of the the state’s corrections system. Annually, Oklahoma pays roughly $500 million to the Department of Corrections.

Dustin Green, owner of 10 Acre Woods farm near Norman, feeds a few of his 400 or so chickens.
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Oklahoma voters decide on State Question 777 in November. Supporters call the ballot initiative right-to-farm, but opponents prefer right-to-harm. It’s a divisive, national issue that’s made its way to Oklahoma, pitting agriculture against environmentalists and animal rights activists.

Nasty Fight

NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
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An organization opposed to wind power incentives says payouts could total $5.2 billion by 2030 if Oklahoma’s zero-emissions tax credit continues, “an amount the wind industry said is highly inflated,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports:

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Magellan Midstream Partners started pumping gasoline from underground storage tanks across the state Wednesday after an announcement earlier this week that 450,000 gallons were blended with three times the typical amount of ethanol.

More than 100 businesses across the state, mostly retail gas stations, received the fuel that could be up to 30 percent ethanol. It was sent from the facility between August 23 and 29. The company has set up a hotline for consumers at 1 (855) 378-9466.

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From Reba McEntire to Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood, Oklahoma has left its mark on popular country music. But the Sooner State also has a deep and enduring connection to the blues.

 

Small town blues festivals are a Labor Day tradition in Oklahoma. This weekend, Medicine Park, Arcadia and Rentiesville will all host concerts featuring many of the most talented blues musicians from Oklahoma and surrounding states. Of course, any blues festival in the Sooner State wouldn’t be the same without Dorothy Ellis, better known as “Miss Blues.”

Willis Alan Ramsey in concert
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Willis Alan Ramsey writes curious songs that fire up the imagination: from the love affair between a honeybee and chrysanthemum to the lonely travels of a tormented vagabond named Spider John. His storytelling is so compelling and vivid that fellow songwriters across genres consider him royalty. Captain and Tennille, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings, Widespread Panic, Shawn Colvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have all mined his material.

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Figures released Tuesday by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association show about $370 million would go toward teacher recruitment and retention if voters approve State Question 779 this fall.

Supporters say the 1 percent sales tax proposal would generate $615 million per year for common and higher education. Part of that money would be used for a $5,000 teacher pay raise.

laptop with Oklahoma State Election Board website
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Oklahoma election officials aren’t worried about a security breach after Yahoo! News broke a story indicating foreign hackers tapped into Arizona and Illinois online voter registration systems this summer.

The State Election Board says it hasn’t been contacted by the federal government about security issues after the FBI raised concerns about the security of state election systems. The FBI’s Cyber Division issued a “flash” alert saying hackers could disrupt November’s elections.

Nico Gomez, CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

The CEO of the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority plans to step down at the end of September.

Nico Gomez, who has led the authority for the past three-and-a-half years, submitted his letter of resignation to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board, according an announcement released on Monday. He plans to pursue work in the private sector, following 20 years of public service. He has worked for the OHCA for 16 years.

Updated August 31, 9:23 a.m.

Two policy analysts say it could be a tall order to find a replacement for Gomez.

Gloria Torres, Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education, District 6.
Oklahoma City Public Schools

The president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Federation of Teachers is calling on an Oklahoma City Public School Board member to temporarily resign.

During Monday night's OKCPS board meeting, Ed Allen said Gloria Torres should step down over accusations she may have been involved in enrollment fraud at Oklahoma City Community College.

“I think it is appropriate – if any board member is under investigation for criminal conduct – that board member should not participate in any board activity until cleared by the investigation," Allen said.

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