Education Funding
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Senate Panel Approves Diverting Road And Bridge Funding To Schools

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A plan to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years has passed a Senate committee, despite concerns the proposal will tie the hands of future legislators.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-3 on Wednesday for the bill by state Sen. Jim Halligan (R-Stillwater). It now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House for consideration.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Oklahoma Lawyers: Marriage Is For Procreation Potential

Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith
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Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say marriage exists for its procreative potential and that the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

The argument came in a brief filed Tuesday by lawyers for Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith. Oral arguments are scheduled for later this month in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:46 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Small Solar And Wind Generators Are Worried About Surcharge Legislation

A wind turbine near Calumet, Okla.
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Solar panel and wind turbine technology is improving rapidly, and many small-scale customers are excited by the potential to generate electricity and sell it — outright, or for credit — back to the grid.

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Severe Storms
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday

A few severe thunderstorms are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m. Tuesday. Very large hail will be the main hazard, though damaging winds and tornadoes may also occur.
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Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.

While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.

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Abortion
9:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

House Panel Approves Bill To Change Oklahoma Abortion Provider Regulations

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 An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation to require the state Board of Health to establish standards for abortion providers and clinics, including standards for equipment and supplies that might be needed in a medical emergency.

The House Public Health Committee approved the Senate-passed measure by a 7-4 vote Tuesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

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new combination of drugs will be injected
6:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Oklahoma Will Carry Out Executions

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Ten days after increasing the number of ways in which Oklahoma can carry out executions, lawyers for the state say they'll execute two men this month with a combination of drugs never used in the state.

Lawyers for the state and for inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner said Tuesday the executioner will inject the men with the sedative midazolam, plus pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, which paralyzes victims and stops the heart.

Lockett and Warner had sued to learn more about the drugs and a judge ruled last week they had a right to know.

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Standards will be set by State Board of Education
4:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Common Core Repealed By Oklahoma Senate

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The Oklahoma Senate has voted to repeal a set of education standards for math and English that more than 40 states have adopted and replace them with new ones that will be developed by the State Board of Education.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-10 on Tuesday for the bill repealing the standards over the objections of some Democrats who argued it is a political decision to roll back Common Core, which has faced fierce resistance from grassroots conservative groups.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

To Frack Wells In Norman, Driller Buys City Drinking Water Right From The Hydrant

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For a fee, most municipalities will give contractors and other industrial users a special water meter and temporary access to a city fire hydrant. The meters and hydrant access are often used for construction sites, and the buyer usually pays a higher per-gallon water rate for the high-flow access.

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Assignment: Radio
2:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Assignment: Radio March 30, 2014

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It’s the third episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week the Assignment: Radio crew explores trends. We learn about a whole new way to learn, without being in a classroom, how to eat like a caveman, and why shopping locally can help your community. 

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State Capitol
1:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Personal, Corporate Income Tax Cuts Pass Oklahoma Senate Panel

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A plan to cut Oklahoma's corporate and individual income tax rates once certain revenue triggers are reached has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for the House bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Earl Sears.

The House and Senate each have separate proposals to reduce the state's individual income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, once certain revenue triggers are reached.

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