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Standardized Testing
9:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Vendor Apologizes To Oklahoma Education Board For Glitches

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Oklahoma State Department of Education Flickr Creative Commons

Company officials say the glitch that stalled Oklahoma's standardized testing Monday was caused by a small piece of infrastructure that failed at the testing vendor's data center.

That's according to CTB/McGraw-Hill president Ellen Haley, who apologized to members of the Oklahoma Board of Education on Thursday for the disruption. More than 8,200 students had their tests disrupted Monday because of the malfunctioning hardware, leaving Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi to suspend all testing that day.

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Oklahoma Bar Association Would have been left out
5:58 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

House Defeats Measure That Would Change Judicial Appointment Process

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The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly defeated a measure that would change how attorneys are appointed to a commission that nominates members of the state Supreme Court and appellate courts.

House members voted 65-31 Thursday to kill the Senate-passed bill after opponents said it was an attempt to politicize the judicial selection process.

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Baker Hughes Will reveal chemicals used
4:41 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Major Supplier Is First Company To List Fracking Ingredients

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A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it's unclear if other firms will follow suit.

Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry for not disclosing all of the chemicals used in drilling.

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Death Penalty
2:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

After Court Drama, Oklahoma To Have Two Executions

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Gov. Mary Fallin says two death row inmates at the center of the state's legal flap will both be executed Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937.

Her decision comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles standing in the way of the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner.

Fallin said Thursday the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is working on specifics and logistics of how the executions will be carried out.

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State Capitol
1:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Senate Passes Bill For Oklahoma Capitol Repairs

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

The Oklahoma Senate has resurrected a plan to spend up to $160 million to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

The Senate voted 33-9 Thursday for a House-passed resolution that would authorize repairs to the Capitol. The bill called for vote of the people on whether to issue $120 million in bonds to pay for repairs, but the Senate amended it to authorize a bond issue of up to $160 million without a public vote.

The bill now goes back to the House.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

What An Oklahoma Grazing Land Can Teach Us About Global Climate Change

University of Oklahoma Ph.D. student and research assistant Yuting Zhou installs a sensor in an experimental wheat field at the Grazinglands Research Lab in El Reno, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is known for its wild weather. And now, the state’s variable climate is helping scientists understand how climate change could affect farms everywhere.

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Storm Preparedness
9:12 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Scientists, City Officials Say Moore's Warren Theatre Not A Severe Weather Destination

The Warren Theatre in Moore in the days after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Jamin Yeager Aerial Oklahoma

As the state prepares for another round of severe weather Saturday, city officials in Moore are worried about residents taking shelter in a local movie theater that held up well during the May 20, 2013 tornado.

“People think that the Warren Theatre is magic,” said National Severe Storms Laboratory senior scientist Harold Brooks. “The Warren Theatre was basically not hit by the tornado. It survived [as well as] it did because it didn't get hit by the tornado.”

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Festivals And StateImpact’s Climate Forum

A busy spring evening at 2013's Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.
Credit Corey Taratuta / Flickr Creative Commons

Hundreds of visual, culinary and performing artists gather in downtown Oklahoma City for one of the state’s most anticipated annual attractions. The Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts continues through Sunday, April 27.

With nearly 50 years of history, the festival has developed into one of Oklahoma’s largest spring traditions.  This year, the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Festival Plaza hosts nearly 300 entertainers, exhibitions by 144 visual artists and an international mix of more than two dozen food vendors.  

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Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Is Oklahoma Prepared For A Changing Climate?

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, April 30, StateImpact Oklahoma presents an important conversation on how the changing climate will affect Oklahoma.

Guests will include Clay Pope, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and David Engle, the Executive Director of Oklahoma State University's Water Resources Center.

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Death Penalty
8:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Says OK to Executions

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they're entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them.

In a ruling late Wednesday, the state's high court also lifted a stay of execution it had granted earlier in the week.

The decision paves the way for death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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