The late Oral Roberts addresses the Oklahoma Senate in 2009 as state Sen. Dan Newberry (R-Tulsa) looks on.
Oklahoma Senate

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint that accused a Republican state senator of not properly reporting campaign expenditures.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party filed the complaint last month against Sen. Dan Newberry of Tulsa. The complaint alleged that Newberry didn't properly disclose expenses in his campaign finance reports.

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who led The Washington Post to national eminence through charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Black leaders are voicing concerns about a growing sense of apathy about politics within the African-American community. Former state senator Angela Monson says there is an attitude among younger black voters that their vote isn’t making a difference, while Oklahoma NAACP President Anthony R. Davis says black voters are frustrated that getting a college degree still doesn't guarantee a job.

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Members of the House Utility and Environmental Regulation Committee heard outlines Tuesday of different ways to address Oklahoma’s water needs.

Oklahoma Water Resource Board Executive Director J.D. Strong and Deputy Secretary of Environment Tyler Howell suggested a broadly based approach, while former OWRB Executive Director and Environmental Federation of Oklahoma President Jim Barnett told committee members greater infrastructure spending should be considered, but not at the exclusion of other ideas such as conservation and reuse.

The Ardmore Veterans Center, one of seven long-term care facilities for wartime veterans. Each center will be opened to peace-time veterans beginning Nov. 1.
Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Administrators from the state’s seven veterans centers spoke to lawmakers Tuesday about the facilities’ needs and for replacement of antiquated infrastructure.

Comments were made during an interim study evaluating Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs facilities at the State Capitol before the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Public Health. Interim Study H14-036 was requested by House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Chair Gary Banz, R-Midwest City.

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Healthcare advocates asked lawmakers Tuesday to find solutions to reduce Oklahoma’s uninsured population -- whether it be accepting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act or via its own state funded alternative.

The comments were made in the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Public Health during a combination of interim studies related to healthcare funding, access and the uninsured.

The studies were requested by Reps. David Perryman, D-Chickasha; Emily Virgin, D-Norman; Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs; Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita.

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State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.7 percent last month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state added 3,800 jobs last month — or more than 34,000 jobs since September 2013.

Six industry sectors posted job gains with the biggest jump coming in leisure and hospitality, which added 4,000 jobs. The leisure sector has the largest annual job gain at more than 9,300 for the year.

University of Oklahoma - Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts

The University of Oklahoma's president has voided a band policy that prohibited students from making negative public comments about it.

Before President David Boren rescinded the band's rule last week, it stated that student band members could face dismissal from the group if they wrote negative posts about it online. He says the policy found in the university's band handbook obstructs students' free speech.

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An inquiry by the NCAA and an independent investigator has concluded that a Sports Illustrated expose alleging misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program to be "fundamentally unfounded."

The NCAA and the university said Tuesday the joint investigation included nearly 100 interviews and a review of some 50,000 documents and emails. It found three instances that may lead to NCAA infractions.

State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi speaks about the federal government's denial of an NCLB waiver extension.
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State Superintendent Janet Barresi is asking the federal government for an immediate reinstatement of a flexibility waiver that the state lost when the Legislature repealed Common Core education standards for schoolchildren.

Barresi announced Tuesday that she and her staff requested the waiver in a conference call late Monday with officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

Barresi says the Oklahoma State Department of Education plans to resubmit its waiver request.

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