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6:39 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Oklahoma City Housing Shortage Could Send Residents To Outlying Neighborhoods

A townhome at The Hill at Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Over a seven-year period, the number of homes in downtown Oklahoma City will more than quadruple, and almost none of them will be for sale.

Oklahoma City Assistant City Planner Ian Colgan says 96 percent of the homes downtown are rentals - demonstrating a growing trend of lease properties, as opposed to traditional, single-family homes for sale.

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Education
9:07 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Board Of Education Unveils Standards Creation Steering Committee

Chancellor for Higher Education Glen Johnson is a member of the new Standard's Creation Steering Committee.
Credit Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

The State Board of Education unveiled and approved the membership of the standard’s creation steering committee Thursday despite State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s attempt to amend the motion.

The steering committee will oversee the standards creation process approved earlier this summer after the repeal of Common Core standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

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Education
8:46 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Board Of Education Tables Action On Testing Vendor

Credit timiewisnm / Flickr.com

State Board of Education members voted Thursday to table any action on rehiring a previously fired testing vendor for the upcoming winter testing period.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi said Thursday morning prior to the discussion that rehiring the testing vendor was “unavoidable.”

“It is indeed frustrating that we are in this situation,” Barresi said.

The State Board of Education ended its contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill earlier this summer after two years of testing disruptions.

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Health
8:39 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Oklahoma Receives Nearly $5 Million In Health Grants

Hospital room at Mercy Health.
Credit Mercy Health / Flickr.com

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to Oklahoma to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will administer the grants, which are partially funded under the federal health care law.

The grants aim to strengthen local and state programs to reduce rates of death caused by tobacco use, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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Politics and Government
1:24 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Inhofe Was The Final Hurdle For Money To Fight Against Ebola

Credit Global Panorama / Flickr.com

Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.

But a House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman said just $50 million of President Barack Obama's $1 billion request has been approved for immediate use under the opaque process by which top congressional panels OK transfers between agency accounts.

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Education
12:47 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Barresi Has No Plans To Step Down Amidst Calls For Her Resignation

Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi says she has no plans to step down, despite calls for her resignation from a member of the state Board of Education and a state legislator.

Retired Gen. Leo Baxter, a member of the board, told Barresi during a Thursday board meeting that he believes her leadership has become "toxic," and asked her to step down.

Republican state Rep. Jason Smalley also called for Barresi's resignation during the meeting.

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Environment
11:14 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Federal Judge Keeps Prairie Chicken Lawsuit In Tulsa

USDAgov Flickr Creative Commons

A U.S. district judge has ruled that a lawsuit over the status of a threatened chicken species will stay in Tulsa.

Oklahoma's attorney general, along with the attorneys general of North Dakota and Kansas, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They claim the federal agency improperly reclassified the lesser prairie chicken. In doing so, the state lawyers say it increased the environmental burden on oil and gas producers, agricultural operations and the states.

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Preservation Hall, Music Of The Dust Bowl, Watch-Out And Groovefest Entertain Your Week

A shot outside the home of traditional New Orleans jazz, Preservation Hall at 726 St. Peter Street the French Quarter.
Credit Phil Roeder / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma City University opens its 2014-15 Distinguished Artists Series with a performance by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band Thursday, September 25.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:03 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Confusion Fueling Oklahoma Outcry Over EPA’s ‘Waters Of The United States’ Rule

Mason Bolay climbs into the cab of a tractor on his family's farm near Perry, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine calls it a power grab by an imperial president. U.S. Representative Frank Lucas says it would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for famers and ranchers in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

State May Have Little Choice But To Rehire McGraw-Hill As Test Vendor

timlewisnm Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma may ask beleaguered test vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill to come back months after firing the company for a second consecutive year of testing troubles.

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