State Testing
3:37 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma To Change Standardized Test Provider

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Oklahoma education officials are preparing to solicit bids for a new state testing vendor after back-to-back years of disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for Oklahoma students.

Oklahoma Department of Education spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton said Friday the agency was drafting a request for proposals after the Board of Education voted this week to terminate the agency's contract with the state's current testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill. The company is in the second year of a five-year contract with the state.

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Governor Fallin
2:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Asked To Reconsider Open Records Ruling

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The American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma has asked an Oklahoma County judge to reconsider her ruling that Gov. Mary Fallin has the legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma'sOpen Records Act.

The ACLU filed the motion on Friday, 10 days after District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled that the "deliberative process privilege" cited by Fallin in withholding the documents is recognized by Oklahoma law. The ACLU's motion says the decision "is plainly contrary to law."

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Fees And Tuition
2:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Most Oklahoma Colleges And Universities Raise Tuition

The University of Oklahoma's tuition raise is lower than the state average, but it's still the most expensive university per credit hour in Oklahoma.
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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for 23 of 25 Oklahoma's colleges and universities. School presidents presented their proposed increases before the regents Wednesday.

The average percentage increase for undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees is 5.8 percent, according to data provided by the Regents.

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Health
9:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma Health Authority OKs Copay Increase

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Citing a $104 million budget shortfall, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board has voted to increase copayments for Medicaid participants.

Leaders at the organization, which administers Oklahoma's Medicaid program, cited decreases in federal funding and a drop in tobacco tax revenue for the shortfall. The panel approved several rule changes Thursday, including a plan that increases most Medicaid copayments from $3 to $4.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Town Hall Turns Testy As Oklahomans Seek Action And Answers On Earthquakes

Shaken residents line up inside Edmond's Waterloo Road Baptist Church to voice concerns and ask representatives from the Corporation Commission and the state Geological Survey questions about recent earthquakes.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahomans rattled by a surge of earthquakes on Thursday packed a contentious town hall meeting in Edmond and demanded answers and action from public officials.

There was booing and shouts for regulators to impose a moratorium on wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, which scientists have linked to Oklahoma’s exponential increase in earthquake activity.

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Sports
6:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder Selects Michigan's McGary, Stanford's Huestis In NBA Draft

The Oklahoma City Thunder took Michigan forward Mitch McGary with the 21st pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

McGary, at 6-foot-10 and 255-pounds, averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, but he played just eight games after electing to have back surgery. He tested positive for marijuana last season and faced a suspension, so he left after his sophomore year.

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co-sponsored by Markwayne Mullin
6:09 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bill Passes U.S. House That May Help Reduce Gasoline Prices

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin says he is pleased that the U.S. House has passed a bill intended to expand energy production in the United States.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that its sponsors say is aimed at reducing gasoline prices nationwide. Mullin is a co-sponsor. He says the bill is important for oil- and gas-rich states like Oklahoma.

The vote Thursday was 229-185.

A provision of the bill would also restructure the leasing process for federal lands.

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meeting tonight
4:12 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Central Oklahoma Residents Meet With Officials About Earthquakes

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Central Oklahoma residents are voicing concern about a swarm of earthquakes that has shaken the region in recent months.

Residents will meet with state lawmakers and regulators Thursday night to discuss what is causing the earthquakes and what can be done to stop them.

Rep. Jason Murphey of Guthrie says earthquakes regularly shake the area, including a magnitude 3.6 earthquake that the U.S. Geological Survey says was recorded southwest of Guthrie early Thursday morning.

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Here & Now
2:25 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Advances To World Cup's 2nd Round Despite Loss

Clint Dempsey of the United States acknowledges the fans after being defeated by Germany 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 1:22 pm

The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller’s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Census Data: Oklahoma Younger, More Hispanic

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma is one of only seven states that grew younger last year, thanks in part to an influx of 20-something oilfield workers, newly-released Census Bureau data shows.

The Sooner State also became slightly more Hispanic, as a higher birthrate within that population group more than offset a leveling-off of new arrivals from Mexico and other countries, Census officials said.

Oklahoma barely made the list of states that managed to reverse the aging process. The median age ticked down to 36.2 years on July 1, 2013, a minuscule 0.007-year reduction from a year earlier.

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