1:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

A Recap Of Monday's Vote On Oklahoma Reading Retention Bill

State Rep. Katie Henke (R-Tulsa) speaking during a press conference after Monday's House vote.
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

Three days after it was announced that nearly 8,000 Oklahoma students are at risk of repeating the third grade for failing the state’s reading test, lawmakers voted to change the state’s retention requirements.

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Oklahoma News
11:27 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Hearing Delayed For Oklahoma Teen Charged In Australian Baseball Player's Death

A screenshot of a memorial Facebook page for 22-year-old Christopher Lane.
Credit R.I.P. Christopher Lane / Facebook

A hearing has been delayed for an Oklahoma teenager charged in the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player.

Sixteen-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. was due in court Tuesday in Duncan, but proceedings were delayed until June 17. Edwards is charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact in the death of 22-year-old Chris Lane.

Lane was preparing for his senior baseball season at East Central University when he was shot in Duncan while visiting his girlfriend's parents in August. Investigators say he was randomly targeted by "bored" teenagers.

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Early Childhood Education
7:47 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New National Report Highlights Oklahoma's Preschool Access, Standards

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A new report says the availability of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs varies widely from one part of the country to another.

In Oklahoma, Florida, and Vermont, more than seven in 10 four-year-olds are enrolled in such programs, while 10 states have none.

The report released Tuesday is from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.

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State Capitol
8:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Concrete Chunk Falls Into Capitol Office

Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma Capitol officials say a piece of concrete crashed through an employee's office after moisture leaked into the basement of the nearly 100-year-old building.

Five employees of the House of Representative's media division were packing up their offices Monday after the mishap occurred sometime during the weekend when the office was vacant.

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8:26 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

There's Now A Run On Quake Insurance In Fracking-Heavy Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City resident Mark Myers said that after the USGS issued their warning, he called his insurance agent to look into coverage. "When you see a warning for a major earthquake in Oklahoma, which I understand is pretty rare, it makes you aware of what could happen," Myers said just after speaking to an agent.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A warning from U.S. scientists that Oklahoma may be hit by a major earthquake has caused a run on insurance policies for tremors in the heartland state, adding to the woes of residents already in the firing line of devastating tornadoes.
7:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Legislature Sends 3rd Grade Reading Bill To Fallin For Signature

Reading Test Results
Credit Oklahoma State Department of Education / Oklahoma Watch

A bill that would provide school districts more flexibility to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level is on its way to the governor's desk.

The House voted 83-6 Monday for the changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools and prevent students from advancing to the fourth grade if they didn't score satisfactory on a state reading test.

The bill adds several ways for students to advance to the fourth grade, even if they didn't meet all of the requirements currently in statute.

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Will go through June 1
6:07 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

"Click It Or Ticket" Campaign To Start May 19

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Oklahoma law enforcement agencies statewide are planning to join the annual nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Troy German said Monday that from May 19 through June 1 officers will be cracking down on drivers and passengers who are not buckled up according to state law.

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Building new global research center
3:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

GE And Devon Energy To Collaborate On Technology

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GE Oil & Gas has announced a new technology collaboration agreement with Devon Energy Corporation to accelerate the development and testing of oil and gas products in the field.

GE announced Monday it will work with Devon Energy on artificial lift systems used for increasing the flow of liquids from production wells, advanced drilling technologies and water treatment solutions.

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State Capitol
11:30 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Attorney Details Plundered Art's Journey To University Of Oklahoma

Bergère rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep)
Credit Camille Pissarro / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Representatives of a French woman who claim she is the rightful heir to a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II are testifying to Oklahoma lawmakers that she deserves to have the painting returned.

The son of Leone Meyer and an attorney for the woman both testified Monday before the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee.

Attorney Pierre Ciric presented lawmakers with a detailed account of how the painting was plundered from a French bank during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:18 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Oklahoma Reading Retention Bill May Be Heard Monday

Nick Conroy Oklahoma Watch

Students worried about repeating third grade for failing Oklahoma’s reading test will have to wait until Monday for a potential legislative reprieve – a move that would come three days after school districts get the test scores back.

Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, said she will push to get the bill she co-authored heard on Thursday, but was promised by House leadership that the bill will be heard Monday.

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