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Affordable Care Act
1:12 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Pruitt Asks Judge To Strike Health Care Law Rule

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a federal judge to strike down a regulation that is part of the federal health care overhaul law.

Pruitt made the request in a motion he filed late Tuesday in a lawsuit he filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee that challenges implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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State Employee Pay
12:28 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Panel Approves Trooper Pay Hike

Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets lining up during academy training.
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Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase under a bill that has unanimously cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 22-0 on Wednesday for the bill by Edmond Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley.

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World Views
11:22 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Night Alight: Ramifications Of Using Artificial Illumination

The brightest areas of Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated (compare Western Europe with China and India). The United States Interstate Highway System appears as a lattice connecting the brighter dots of city centers.
Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon NASA GSFC

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with author Paul Bogard.

Growing up in northern Minnesota, Paul Bogard grew to love the darkness as he watched the Milky Way at night. Moved by these early experiences and motivated to understand the consequences of artificial light pollution, Bogard explores the human, environmental, and economic consequences of artificially lighting the night sky in his book The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

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Transportation
9:47 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Lexington-Purcell Bridge Opening Faces Delay

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the closed James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River Feb. 7.
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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says additional potential cracks have been found in the bridge connecting Lexington to Purcell, which could delay the planned reopening of the bridge.

Head engineer Casey Shell told residents of the two towns Tuesday that the James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River may not open within 45 days as originally planned. The bridge was shut down Jan. 31 after cracks were discovered in structural beams of the bridge.

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State Capitol
9:32 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Open Meeting Act Violations Could Gain Legal Teeth

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A bill making its way through the state Senate could make violations of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act more expensive for government entities.

Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1497. It would allow those suing local governments over violations of the open meeting law to collect attorney fees. The new law would also allow the collection of those fees from the plaintiff if the suit is frivolous.

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Includes electronic cigarettes
6:33 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Vapor Products May Continue To Avoid Tobacco Tax

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Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products would continue to be subjected to sales taxes, and not tobacco excise taxes, under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-4 on Tuesday for the bill by Yukon Republican state Sen. Rob Johnson. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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Oklahoma State University
4:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mathematics Learning Success Center Truly Succeeding

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Oklahoma State University says its new Mathematics Learning Success Center is helping math students succeed at record rates.

The center opened in April, and since the fall semester students enrolled in lower-level math succeeded at a rate of 75 percent or higher.

The amount of calculus tutoring has more than doubled. Business calculus students set a record with a success rate of more than 85 percent, and calculus I students succeeded at a rate of 70 percent, surpassing the national average by 10 to 20 percent.

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Here & Now
2:24 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Pharmacy Says No To Providing Execution Drug

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Missouri must now come up with an alternative means of executing a death row inmate next week after an Oklahoma pharmacy says it will not provide the state with the drug to be used as the lethal injection.

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Oklahoma Revenue
1:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Legislature To Have $188 Million Less To Spend

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State lawmakers will have even less revenue to appropriate this year for state services than initially projected, in large part due to volatile corporate income tax collections.

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Oklahoma News
12:10 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

VIDEO: Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm On ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm was the subject of a segment on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night. Host and commentator Maddow discussed the loud, explosive “booms” that accompany the shallow quakes — a phenomenon reported in Oklahoma and Texas — and, with her signature snark, suggested a way to curtail the shaking, which many seismologists say is linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

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