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Business and Economy
12:34 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Oklahoma City Development Trust Approves $7.2 Million In Incentives To Boeing, Paycom

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Oklahoma City leaders have approved $7.2 million in economic incentives for two businesses to create more than 1,300 new jobs in the area.

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust decided Wednesday that the city can begin negotiations with Boeing Co. and Paycom Software Inc.

The Oklahoman reports the group gave the green light for $6 million in economic development incentives for Boeing. The aerospace company is expected to bring about 900 jobs, including engineering positions, to the city from other states.

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Oklahoma News
5:28 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Memo Warned Tulsa Sheriff About Volunteer Deputy's Training

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz
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Lawyers for a Tulsa man shot dead by a reserve deputy have released a document indicating an Oklahoma sheriff was told directly about concerns the volunteer's training record may have been falsified.

The 2009 memo appears to be initialed by Sheriff Stanley Glanz, but doesn't say when it was prepared or sent to him. Glanz declined comment Tuesday.

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Oklahoma News
3:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund Tops $1 Billion

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Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund now has a balance of more than $1 billion.

State Treasurer Ken Miller said Tuesday that the trust fund's balance reached $1.03 billion after a deposit of $57.6 million from the annual payment to the state from the tobacco industry. The state received a total payment of $76.9 million, with the remaining funds divided between health care related appropriations by the Legislature and the attorney general's evidence fund.

The payments are the result of a 1998 lawsuit by Oklahoma and 45 other states against tobacco companies.

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Oklahoma News
12:21 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Cannabis Oil Study Bill Heads To Gov. Fallin's Desk

State Rep. Jon Echols (R-OKC)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Gov. Mary Fallin's desk is the next stop for legislation that authorizes an investigational study into clinical trials on certain patients with severe forms of epilepsy using an oil derived from the marijuana plant.

The Oklahoma House voted 85-5 for the measure and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. Fallin has expressed support for the idea but says she remains opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana applications.

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Oklahoma News
4:43 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Changing Composition Of Workforce Development Council

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that streamlines the composition of the Governor's Council on Workforce and Economic Development.

The bill signed Monday changes the membership of the council to give representatives of the private sector and business community a majority on the council, which will still receive input from state agencies.

The council is one of the main state bodies working to implement Oklahoma Works, Fallin's initiative to help boost educational attainment in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
3:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Applications To Build Storm Shelters Up In Moore

FEMA Public Information Officer, Nate Custer, left, and Resource Manager, Sterling Rich examine a newly installed storm shelter in Arkansas.
Credit Charles S. Powell / FEMA

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore.

Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March 25 tornado.

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Sports
5:45 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Norman High School Track Coach Wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Camille Herron of Warr Acres shortly before crossing the finish line in Sunday's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It was the third time she was the top overall women's finisher.
Provided Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Scott Downard has won the 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

The day started cloudy, with calm breezes and temperatures at the 6:30 a.m. start in the upper 50s. Skies eventually cleared about three and a half hours into the race, with bright sun beating down on runners as many crossed the marathon finish line.

Downard won Sunday's race in two hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds, finally securing a win in his fourth attempt.

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Education
2:33 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Oklahoma Educators Working On Equity Plan For State Teachers

Credit Ilea Shutler / Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma Department of Education is working on a plan to ensure equitable access to excellent educators in state classrooms.

The Tulsa World reports all states were asked to develop an Educator Equity Plan as part of a federal initiative last summer. The state's plan must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by June 1.

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Politics and Government
8:30 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Fallin Signs Agency Budgeting, Charter School Bills

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law bills regarding a budgeting system for state agencies and for charter schools.

Fallin on Friday signed a bill requiring state agencies use what is called performance-informed budgeting techniques. Fallin had made the system one of her legislative priorities.

The process calls for the agencies to set goals and outcomes that can be measured for their success.

The second new law gives school districts statewide the option of creating charter schools. Current law allows charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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Oklahoma News
6:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Attorney: Bates Under Internal Investigation In 2009

Tulsa County Sheriff's reserve deputy Robert Bates enters the Tulsa County Jail Tuesday.
KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Attorneys for a man killed by a Tulsa County reserve deputy have released a report they say outlines a 2009 internal investigation showing colleagues expressed concerns about the volunteer's performance soon after he joined the department.

A lawyer for the dead man's family on Friday released a sheriff's office memo outlining the investigation into Robert Bates. The 73-year-old is charged with second-degree manslaughter in Eric Harris' April 2 death.

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