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1:05 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

New Bill Filings Would Change Oklahoma Election Laws

State Senator David Holt (R-OKC, Bethany)
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Republican state Sen. David Holt has filed bills to make changes to Oklahoma election laws, including allowing voting by mail.

The bills filed Wednesday include one to move Oklahoma to a mail election in 2020.

Another bill would create a "top two" system in which all candidates would appear on the ballot in August and, if none receive more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters would advance to the November election.

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Oklahoma News
12:16 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Pays Past-Due Bills

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
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The head of the cash-strapped Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame says arrangements have been made to pay past-due bills for its workers' compensation premium and property insurance.

Executive Director Jason McIntosh says a check for about $11,200 for the workers' compensation premium should be wired Wednesday to State Farm Insurance and that more than $2,900 owed to Tulsa County for property insurance has been sent to the county.

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Oklahoma Politics
10:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma’s Governor, Congressional Delegation React To State Of The Union

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Most of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and executive leadership criticized President Obama’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night – some even before the speech took place.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Obama can achieve his goal of improving the economic conditions of the middle class by relying on the energy sector to grow the economy and raise per-capita income.

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Oklahoma News
4:39 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

AG Scott Pruitt Files Workers' Compensation Fraud Charges In Two Cases

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed workers' compensation fraud charges in two separate cases.

Pruitt's office announced the charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Nicholas Hurt and 48-year-old James Cramer. It was unclear if either man had an attorney.

Hurt, of Oklahoma City, allegedly created a false story with co-workers about a broken tooth, saying he was injured at work when in reality his broken tooth was the result of an air-soft gun pellet that was shot while the workers were off the clock.

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Politics and Government
3:56 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Oklahoma Congress Of Mayors To Meet Friday

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Mayors from across the state will meet later this week at the state Capitol to discuss issues facing their cities and to develop an agenda for this year's legislative session.

Delegates to Friday's Oklahoma Congress of Mayors will discuss municipal issues and ratify resolutions that will be presented to the governor and to legislative leaders.

Delegates are expected to focus attention on five key areas: transportation and infrastructure, public safety, municipal operations, community and economic development and municipal finance.

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Politics and Government
1:02 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints DA Greg Mashburn To Narcotics Commission

Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County DA
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed District Attorney Greg Mashburn to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday that Mashburn will fill the district attorney slot on the commission. He replaces former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, who did not seek re-election and resigned from the commission.

Mashburn will serve the remaining four years of Harris' seven-year term, pending confirmation from the Oklahoma state Senate.

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Oklahoma News
6:02 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Residents Invited To Open House For Oklahoma City's Comprehensive Plan

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Oklahoma City residents can review the product of years of their work and offer input on the city's draft comprehensive plan - planokc - during a 60-day public review and comment period that began last week.

The comprehensive plan is a policy document that guides future development and decisions about how the city grows over the next several decades.

To begin the public review process, a presentation and open house will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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Oklahoma News
5:47 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Multiple Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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A variety of public events are scheduled for today’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oklahoma City. Organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition, the theme is “Honor, Celebrate, Work” and this will be the cities 32nd annual event.

The traditional Silent March begins gathering at 9:00 a.m. at Freedom Center 2500 N. Martin Luther King Drive with an invocation by the Rev. Anthony Walker of St John CME Church and march Instructions from Roosevelt Milton, President Emeritus of the OKC Branch of the NAACP.

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Oklahoma News
11:10 am
Sun January 18, 2015

More Than 3,200 Same-Sex Couples Marry In Oklahoma

Mary Bishop holding her marriage license.
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The head of a gay advocacy group says more than 3,200 marriage licenses have been issued since they became available to same-sex couples in Oklahoma.

Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, says marriage licenses have been issued in 23 of Oklahoma's 77 counties since Oct. 6.

That's when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider an Oklahoma's judge's ruling that struck down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage.

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Education
7:39 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Teacher Evaluation System Could Be Delayed Again

Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education.
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The controversial Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system may be this year’s Common Core in the legislative session, some education advocates say.

Jenni White, president of the parent-led grassroots organization Restore Public Oklahoma Education, said Wednesday morning her group will come back strong this year. ROPE was the driving force behind the state’s repeal of Common Core standards last legislative session.

On their agenda: TLE delay or removal, strengthening student privacy laws and expanding school choice options in Oklahoma.

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