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12:17 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Why Oklahoma’s Universal Pre-K Is Successful

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CAP Tulsa's Steven Dow joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss Oklahoma’s pre-K program.

President Obama has vowed to offer federally-funded universal early childhood education. Oklahoma has been a model state for universal pre-kindergarten.

Since 1998, the state has funded early education for 4-year-olds, requiring certified teachers and small classes.

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Transportation
11:20 am
Thu February 20, 2014

No Layoffs Projected In 2014 At Tulsa Airline Hub

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American Airlines says it will use voluntary buyouts and attrition to avert the need for layoffs this year at its Tulsa maintenance hub.

The airline previously projected that 400 layoffs were necessary this year in Tulsa because its newer fleet of aircraft required less maintenance. But the company said in a statement to the Tulsa World Wednesday that it's making other changes to avoid layoffs in Tulsa this year.

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OneSix8
11:09 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Blood Drives, Senior Day, And Performing Arts

OU sophomore nursing students Narmin Kandalaft (left) and Bridget Graham (right) after giving blood at OBI's Fall 2014 Bedlam Blood Drive.
Credit Bridget Graham and Narmin Kandalaft

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) gives Oklahomans the opportunity to save lives with blood donations at the Spring 2014 Bedlam Blood Drive. The campaign began Monday but runs Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Army ROTC building at the University of Oklahoma. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

How Corn, Cold Weather, And A Nuclear Disaster Caused Propane Prices To Explode

Propane customer Shawn Davies vowed not to refill his tank until prices drop significantly.
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The 400,000 or so Oklahomans who rely on propane for heat know the routine: When the weather is warm, propane is cheap. When it gets cold, and demand goes up, so does the price.

But what happened this winter is unprecedented. Prices are starting to ease after blowing past all-time records in January, reaching a national average of more than $4 a gallon.

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Next Seminar Is In U.S. Virgin Islands
6:29 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

All Expense Paid Trips For Legislators Legal To Accept Because Group Is Nonprofit

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Several Oklahoma legislators accepted expenses-paid trips to Miami and Las Vegas from a group that wants to change the way the country elects a president. But because the travel was sponsored by a nonprofit group, rather than traditional lobbyists, there's no requirement for the lawmakers to publicly disclose the trips.

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29 States Already Have Similar Requirements
5:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Back Seat Riders Better Buckle Up Too

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An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation that would require passengers in the back seat of vehicles to wear seat belts.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 7-5 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

The bill would expand existing requirements that the operators of vehicles and their front seat passengers be restrained by seat belts to include all passengers, including those in the back seat.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:32 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why An Oil Boom Is Sometimes Bad For Business

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The shale gas drilling boom has been a blessing to energy states like Oklahoma, which has low unemployment and an economy that, thanks in part to oil and gas production, was insulated from the worst effects of the Great Recession.

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Native American
1:51 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Committee Advances Plan To Fund Unfinished Oklahoma Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

A plan to tap $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to fund the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-3 Wednesday morning for the bill to finish the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River.

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Affordable Care Act
1:12 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Pruitt Asks Judge To Strike Health Care Law Rule

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a federal judge to strike down a regulation that is part of the federal health care overhaul law.

Pruitt made the request in a motion he filed late Tuesday in a lawsuit he filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee that challenges implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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State Employee Pay
12:28 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Panel Approves Trooper Pay Hike

Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets lining up during academy training.
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase under a bill that has unanimously cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 22-0 on Wednesday for the bill by Edmond Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley.

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