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Jaynie Studenmund addresses the audience during the Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business Women in Leadership conference Wednesday at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The nation’s workforce is getting older, and more diverse, with more women and minorities ascending to top spots some of the nation’s largest companies.

Grand River Dam Authority CEO Dan Sullivan speaking to the April meeting of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission is a small agency with a big job: Police the Illinois River and protect six of the state’s most delicate waterways from pollution. But budget cuts have forced the commission to plan  for its own death.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools administration building.
Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma City Public Schools has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education to address the disproportionate discipline of black students in the district.

ay Moon, president of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, speaks about state incentive programs during a special meeting Wednesday at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state has identified several dozen tax breaks to be reviewed over the next few years.

Out of the six dozen or so tax incentives, rebates and credits that are up for review, there are four that could wind up not being an incentive at all.

Heartland Flyer, Amtrak train
meermacatawa / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

At 8:25 every morning, the Heartland Flyer rolls away from the Santa Fe Depot in Oklahoma City for a day trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

With Oklahoma’s souring budget outlook, just about everything is on the chopping block, including Oklahoma's Amtrak rail service.

Gov. Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that clarifies state regulators’ authority to take action on oil and gas operations linked to earthquakes.

The measure, House Bill 3158, authored by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview, takes effect immediately.

Cassie Cramer works with 8-month-old Mastiff mix Kingston on April 15, 2016
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Cassie Cramer takes a break from walking the prison yard at Oklahoma’s Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. She’s training an 8-month-old Mastiff mix named Kingston. Cramer pulls treats out of her pocket and encourages the puppy to show off.

“Down. Good girl! Bang,” Cramer told the dog. “This is her new trick: you shoot her and she'll fall over. She's so smart!”

Pups In Prison 

In Washington, D.C., several of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland’s former colleagues who worked with him on the Oklahoma City bombing investigation urged the U.S. Senate to grant him a nomination hearing.

Beth Wilkinson, an attorney who served as a trial prosecutor who helped present the federal government’s case against Timothy McVeigh, said when Garland returned to run the prosecution team, he told them they should never forget what happened to the victims, the survivors and their families.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Survivors and family members gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to remember the 168 victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Tuesday marks 21 years since the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The annual ceremony normally on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum was held at First Church at NW 5th Street and Robinson Ave. The sanctuary sustained heavy damage in the attack across the street. The remembrance was moved indoors due to the rain, and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett noted the similarity to the weather on April 19, 1995.

The Chisholm View wind farm near Hunter, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The nonprofit Oklahoma Public School Resource Center recently released a data survey on how the wind industry funds school districts.

The report shows there is a sizeable bump in property tax revenue when a wind farm is built. However, the state aid formula fluctuates when a district gets high revenue from other sources, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

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