A group of marijuana advocates filed an initiative petition Monday to decriminalize marijuana in Oklahoma City.
Reform OKC will start gathering signatures Friday.
State Senator Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) has been an outspoken supporter of cannabis legalization at the state Capitol. She says Oklahoma City’s petition could pave the way for a larger, statewide effort to legalize the drug.
The newly elected speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has announced several changes to the chairs and vice chairs of various House committees.
Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman announced the leadership changes on Tuesday.
Among the major changes were Norman Rep. Aaron Stiles replacing Rep. Leslie Osborn as chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Mike Reynolds replacing Rep. Jason Murphey as chair of the Government Modernization and Accountability Committee. Osborn will now chair a budget subcommittee instead.
The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation to extend a tax credit program for the film industry.
House members voted 48-43 for the measure Monday — three short of the 51 votes needed to pass in the 101-member House. Its author, Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada, kept the measure alive by announcing a plan to reconsider the vote.
Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: "Total Nonsense," Russian Official Reportedly Says:
Any claims that the Russian military has warned Ukraine to surrender in Crimea or face an assault on Tuesday are "total nonsense," a Russian Defense Ministry official says, according to The Voice of Russia.
Thirty-one documents related to the Affordable Care Act that Gov. Mary Fallin has refused to release and that are the subject of a lawsuit against her will be archived and made available to the public after Fallin leaves office, her spokesman said.
Fallin’s office, however, has not yet decided whether to stipulate that release of the archived records be delayed for a certain period after her term ends.
On the road again: This plow was at work on Sunday in Lawrence, Kan. The storm that hit there has spread east.
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Pedestrians make their way through morning snow in downtown Washington, D.C., where federal offices are closed Monday. Schools canceled classes in many of the affected towns and cities.
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A man pushes a snow blower across a street as snow falls in Baltimore.
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A commuter waits for a train as snow falls in Philadelphia.
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A runner braves the elements on the National Mall as snow falls in Washington, D.C. Flight cancellations and delays started to build early Monday. FlightAware.com reported at least 2,000 flights had been canceled.
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Roberto Molina (left), and Austin Moore work to shovel snow in front of Clark Elementary in Paducah, Ky., on Monday. "State highways officials say road crews are out this morning clearing roads, but warned that they are having a hard time keeping up with heavy snow, and told drivers to stay off the roads if possible," the <em>Charleston Gazette</em> in West Virginia reports.
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Canada Geese take flight from a farm field during a snow storm in Davidsonville, Md., on Monday. "Snow totals so far are generally in the 3-6 inch range," the <em>Washington Post's</em> Capital Weather Gang blog says, and it's likely only an inch or so more will fall in coming hours.
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A car involved in a crash while traveling on Maryland Route 50 is passed by trucks during a snow storm in Bowie, Md.
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Blair Todd, 6, sleds down a hill in Alexandria, Va. The National Weather Service predicted heavy snow "from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic through Monday night, making for hazardous travel conditions."
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A man dressed in a gorilla costume walks along a snowy 19th Street in Washington, D.C.
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People walk through early morning snow near the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Most of the snow is now off shore. What comes next is bitter — perhaps historic — cold for parts of the Midwest and East that's more reminiscent of January, than the beginning of meteorological spring. Here's how Accuweather sums it up:
When the school shelter advocacy group Take Shelter Oklahoma formed several months ago, its goal was simple: to obtain enough signatures to get a $500 million bond issue on the ballot and use that money to build safe rooms in schools to protect kids from tornadoes.
The group’s path has become a winding one, the most recent turn was at the State Supreme Court in a fight against Attorney General Scott Pruitt.