9:47 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Lexington-Purcell Bridge Opening Faces Delay

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the closed James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River Feb. 7.
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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says additional potential cracks have been found in the bridge connecting Lexington to Purcell, which could delay the planned reopening of the bridge.

Head engineer Casey Shell told residents of the two towns Tuesday that the James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River may not open within 45 days as originally planned. The bridge was shut down Jan. 31 after cracks were discovered in structural beams of the bridge.

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State Capitol
9:32 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Open Meeting Act Violations Could Gain Legal Teeth

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A bill making its way through the state Senate could make violations of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act more expensive for government entities.

Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1497. It would allow those suing local governments over violations of the open meeting law to collect attorney fees. The new law would also allow the collection of those fees from the plaintiff if the suit is frivolous.

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Includes electronic cigarettes
6:33 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Vapor Products May Continue To Avoid Tobacco Tax

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Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products would continue to be subjected to sales taxes, and not tobacco excise taxes, under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-4 on Tuesday for the bill by Yukon Republican state Sen. Rob Johnson. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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Oklahoma State University
4:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mathematics Learning Success Center Truly Succeeding

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Oklahoma State University says its new Mathematics Learning Success Center is helping math students succeed at record rates.

The center opened in April, and since the fall semester students enrolled in lower-level math succeeded at a rate of 75 percent or higher.

The amount of calculus tutoring has more than doubled. Business calculus students set a record with a success rate of more than 85 percent, and calculus I students succeeded at a rate of 70 percent, surpassing the national average by 10 to 20 percent.

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Here & Now
2:24 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Pharmacy Says No To Providing Execution Drug

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Missouri must now come up with an alternative means of executing a death row inmate next week after an Oklahoma pharmacy says it will not provide the state with the drug to be used as the lethal injection.

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Oklahoma Revenue
1:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Legislature To Have $188 Million Less To Spend

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State lawmakers will have even less revenue to appropriate this year for state services than initially projected, in large part due to volatile corporate income tax collections.

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Oklahoma News
12:10 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

VIDEO: Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm On ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm was the subject of a segment on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night. Host and commentator Maddow discussed the loud, explosive “booms” that accompany the shallow quakes — a phenomenon reported in Oklahoma and Texas — and, with her signature snark, suggested a way to curtail the shaking, which many seismologists say is linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

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9:19 am
Tue February 18, 2014

What To Do When The Earth Shakes? Red Cross Earthquake App Has Answers

University of Oklahoma graduate students near Wellston, Okla., installing a seismometer to study central-Oklahoma's earthquake swarm.
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As Oklahomans continue to deal with earthquakes, the American Red Cross is reminding residents of a phone app that tells them what to do before, during and after a temblor.

Oklahoma has been experiencing a significant jump in the number of earthquakes in recent years, and researchers are still trying to determine why.

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Claims Pharmacy Selling Drugs Illegally
6:24 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Tulsa Pharmacy Responds To Death Row Inmate's Lawsuit

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An Oklahoma pharmacy has submitted a sealed response to a Missouri death row inmate's lawsuit accusing it of illegally providing Missouri with a made-to-order drug to be used in his lethal injection.

The Apothecary Shoppe filed its response to Michael Taylor's lawsuit last week after getting permission from U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern to keep its response sealed. Kern has scheduled a Tuesday hearing in Tulsa to weigh arguments about whether it should remain sealed.

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Opposing Common Core education standards
3:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Protesters Fill Senate Education Committee Room

Senator John W. Ford
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The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he's committed to a set of education standards in math and English known as common core, despite a protest by hundreds of people who packed into his committee room urging a repeal.

Holding signs that read "Hear the Bill," several dozen opponents of the new standards packed into a Senate meeting room on Monday and urged Republican Sen. John Ford of Bartlesville to schedule a hearing on a bill to repeal them.

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