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9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's No Joke, $1 Fine For Swearing In Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Santa Claus commission is among the facts from a popular Twitter account in the state.
Credit Sam Howzit

Did you know that swearing in Oklahoma is punishable by a $1 fine for each offense? Or that the Sooner State has a Santa Claus Commission?

No, it isn't an April Fools' Day prank. All are true facts about the nation's 46th state that are being shared and retweeted on the popular Twitter account @OklahomaFacts. The more obscure the fact, the better.

The account has garnered more than 12,000 followers. Even country music superstar Blake Shelton is a fan.

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Cleveland County
8:34 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Cleveland County Commissioner Denies Request To Resign

Cleveland County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan
Credit Cleveland County

A Cleveland County commissioner says he won't resign despite requests to do so from other commissioners following a report from the state's multicounty grand jury.

Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said Monday he won't step down from his post and that he plans to file for re-election. Last week, a multicounty grand jury report found that Sullivan likely broke state laws for his involvement in a road project, but that the statute of limitations to charge him had expired.

Sullivan was not charged with any crimes.

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Sexual Assualt Awareness
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Supports "Wear Teal Day"

Credit Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking Oklahomans to participate in the annual "Wear Teal Day" to raise awareness and show support of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Tuesday event is meant to raise awareness of sexual violence and to help educate the public about prevention

The color teal and the teal ribbon represent awareness about sexual violence.

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Prohibits off-label uses
4:51 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Further Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Drugs

Credit Cory Doctorow / Flickr.com

A bill to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily cleared a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-1 Monday for the bill, which was written in direct response to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

Credit John Morgan / Flickr Creative Commons

A bill that would offer more flexibility to school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 on Monday for the bill, which included several amendments by state Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond)

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Native American
12:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

UPDATE: House Panel Approves Plan For Native American Museum

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near the intersections of I-40 and I-35 in Oklahoma City.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

A plan to take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to pay for the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City has cleared another legislative hurdle.

Members of a House budget subcommittee voted 8-2 on Monday, sending the bill to the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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Public Education
12:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Teachers Rally At Capitol For Funding

On the south side of the state Capitol, thousands of education supporters cheered as speakers outlined why more funding for Oklahoma’s public schools and the 678,000 students they teach is needed.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

Before the rally started outside, Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Robert Sommers stayed inside the building to say the administration supports the need for more cash in the classroom.

"Last year the governor signed into a law a budget that delivered over $120 million in new education funding, the bulk of which was for common education," Sommers says.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
11:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

There’s little doubt Oklahomans will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across Pottawatomie, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.

Since September, KGOU has been working to prepare for severe weather in 2014 with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.

We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:

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Drugs
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Drug Agency: Decongestant Link Restricting Meth Production

Credit David Morris / Flickr Creative Commons

 The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says a new registry linking the sales of pseudoephedrine with neighboring states has blocked up to 90,000 sales of the drug in its first year of operation.

The Oklahoma Legislature passed a law in 2012 that links Oklahoma's pseudoephedrine database with those in neighboring states.

Proponents of the measure say it restricts the amount of the popular cold and allergy medicine trafficked across state lines. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New Severe Weather Warning System Comes To Oklahoma

An example of what the National Weather Service calls a "considerable" tornado.
Credit National Weather Service

Meteorologists are really good at understanding all sorts of complicated weather-related jargon. But when severe storms are in the forecast, it’s important to communicate those threats in a way that people can easily understand. 

The National Weather Service has been testing a new, simpler approach in different parts of the country, and last week, they introduced their system to Oklahoma. 

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