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Oklahoma Watch
10:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Medicaid Enrollment Reaches New Record

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The number of Oklahomans enrolled at one time in the state’s Medicaid program reached an all-time high in March, and officials are examining whether many people who signed up were spurred to do so by the Affordable Care Act.

By the end of March, there were 830,850 Oklahomans enrolled in SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program; that was the highest single-month total of enrollees since the program began, according to data from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

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Education Funding
8:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Senate Approves Gradual Oklahoma Public School Funding Proposal

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Updated at 11:57 a.m. following the Senate vote.

The Senate unanimously approved a plan Wednesday morning designed to increase public school funding by $600 million annually.

The measure that passed Wednesday on a 43-0 vote initially diverted revenue used to repair state roads and bridges.

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Bill's Author may ask house to reconsider
5:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

State House Says No To Bonds That Would Help Pay For Crumbling Capitol

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The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state's nearly 100-year-old Capitol.

House members voted 62-34 against the Senate-passed measure that is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2014 Legislature. The bill's author, Rep. Skye McNeil of Bristow, kept the measure alive by serving notice that she may ask the House to reconsider the vote.

Supporters and opponents agree that the Capitol needs extensive repairs. But they disagree on how to pay for them.

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Will Cost More But no delay in june 14 re-opening
4:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Two New Cracks Develop on 76-year-old Bridge

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Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials say additional cracks have been found on a bridge that connects two towns and has been closed since January.

Officials announced Tuesday during a news conference that two new cracks have developed on the 76-year-old bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell. The extra repair work is expected to cost an additional $1 million to $1.5 million, for a total project cost of about $15.5 million.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:18 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Distributed Electricity Generation Bill

Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed Senate Bill 1456, a measure that would allow regulated electric utilities to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

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Severe Storms
12:17 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UPDATE: Severe Weather Possible Today, But Watch The Weekend

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Updated April 23, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

Scattered severe storms could develop along a dry line developing over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle Wednesday, but National Weather Service meteorologists are starting to predict the possibility of a more significant severe weather threat this weekend.

Forecaster Marc Austin says the main hazards Wednesday consist of baseball-sized hail, and damaging 70-80 mile-per-hour wind gusts.


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State Capitol
11:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Oklahoma Sheriffs Upset About Loss Of Prisoners

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Sheriffs from across the state are gathering at the state Capitol to voice concern about the increasing number of state prisoners who are being removed from county jails and processed into the state prison system.

Many of the sheriffs who packed the Senate gallery on Tuesday count on the $27 daily per-prisoner reimbursement from the state to help fund jail operations, like medical and food contracts.

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Education
8:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Who’s To Blame For Oklahoma Testing Outage?

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Who’s to blame for glitches that prevented 8,100 Oklahoma students from taking their online exams Monday?

State Education Superintendent Janet Barresi minced no words as she berated test administrator CTB/McGraw-Hill for the outage, which affected middle school and high school students across the state.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Why Regulators Are ‘Scratching Their Heads’ Over Northeast Oklahoma Coal Mine

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A new coal mining operation near Oologah Lake in northeast Oklahoma would disturb 11,000 feet of streambed and drain a pond in the Panther Creek watershed. But that’s not the problem.

The issue is over how to restore the damaged land after mining ends — and that depends on whose rules apply: the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’.

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Will start second petition
6:18 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Will Try,Try Again

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An organization that wants to place storm shelters in Oklahoma's public schools says it's abandoning the effort and will launch a second petition following the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to stand by an earlier ruling in the case.

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