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9:24 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Beatlemania, Mardi Gras And Native Film

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The 20th annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade hits Main Street Saturday, March 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Come Together! Que l’on se Rassemble”, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the United States. 

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6:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

A Think-Twice Proposal for Divorcing Couples

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A house committee has approved a bill that would require couples with children considering divorce to take a course on the effects of divorce on children.
Feb. 26: Bill Would Require Marriage Program A House committee has approved a bill that would require certain couples who have children and are seeking a divorce to go through an Oklahoma Marriage Initiative program before the divorce is granted. House Bill 2249 by Rep.
Worried about out-of-state influences
4:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Rep. Joe Dorman Criticizes Common Core National Standards

Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Joe Dorman is criticizing a set of national educational standards in math and English known as common core.

The Rush Springs Democrat criticized the standards Wednesday as "an unfunded nightmare." Dorman is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

The standards are part of an initiative of the National Governors Association, which is currently chaired by Fallin. They have been adopted in 45 states, including Oklahoma, but there has been growing opposition to them, especially among conservatives.

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State Capitol
1:27 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Texting-While-Driving Ban Passes Oklahoma House Committee

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An Oklahoma House committee has passed a bill that would prohibit texting, emailing and instant messaging while driving a vehicle.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 8-4 Wednesday and sent the bill to the full House for a vote.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:19 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Effort To Allow New Tax On Mining Companies Gains Ground In Oklahoma House

An active aggregate mining operation near Mill Creek, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

This isn’t the first legislative session some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing for a severance tax for mining limestone and sand, but it’s the first time the idea has gotten this far.

On Monday, the House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed HB1876, which would allow up to a five percent tax on the production of limestone, sand, and other aggregates. It now moves to the full House for consideration.

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State Capitol
11:27 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Senate Panel Approves Tough New Oklahoma Abortion Restrictions

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A bill to impose strict new state regulations and requirements for abortion providers in Oklahoma has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 19-2 on Wednesday for the bill by Edmond Republican state Sen. Greg Treat. The bill next heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure would require the Oklahoma State Board of Health to develop a list of standards for facilities, supplies, equipment and personnel that abortion providers must maintain at all times.

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State Capitol
9:55 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Oklahoma Anti-Gay Business Bill Dead This Session

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The principal sponsor of a bill that would allow business owners in Oklahoma with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays says his measure is going back for rewrite.

Not only that, Seminole Republican Tom Newell says the measure likely won't be given any further consideration in the current legislative session.

Newell said Tuesday that while he still supports the idea, his bill is being redrafted to prevent "any fiascos like there have been elsewhere."

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Transportation
8:33 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Syrup Spill Snarls Oklahoma City Traffic

Traffic moves along I-44 just west of a syrup spill that shut down one lane of the highway Wednesday morning.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says drivers should avoid parts of Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City after a tanker leaked syrup for miles along the roadway.

Crews shut down the right lane of westbound Interstate 44 between Northwest 36th Street and Southwest 89th Street after discovering the spill Wednesday morning. The highway patrol says crews are bringing in sand to help clean up the slippery mess.

Authorities say the tanker was hauling 48,000 gallons of syrup to a Braum's restaurant. Police say the driver apparently drove for miles without noticing the leaking syrup.

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Birth Control
4:15 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Morning-After Pill Bill Delayed

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The Oklahoma Senate has delayed action on a bill to prevent girls younger than 17 from buying the so-called morning-after pill without a prescription after the measure's author realized it applied only to females.

Norman Republican Sen. Rob Standridge brought the bill up for consideration Tuesday in the Senate. The measure prohibits girls younger than 17 from purchasing the morning-after emergency contraceptive without a prescription.

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Oklahoma Watch
2:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

State Moves To Share Early-Childhood Data With Districts

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Oklahoma is often held up as the national poster child for offering early childhood education to many students.

But according to state officials and educators, the system has a serious weakness: Data about each student’s academic profile is not shared between early-childhood education program providers and school districts, or between providers. That can prevent kindergarten teachers from being able to immediately target students' learning needs when they arrive, officials say. It also prevents providers from doing the same when a child transfers from one program to another or is enrolled in more than one program.

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