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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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Earthquakes
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.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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
Credit Oklahoma State Senate

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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Education
2:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Panel OKs Teacher Pay Bills Despite Lack Of Funds

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Two bills to increase teacher pay have sailed through a House committee, although a projected shortage of revenue this year makes it's unlikely the measures will ever reach the governor's desk.

With educators from across the state packed into a committee room on Monday, a House budget panel unanimously approved the bills. They next will be scheduled for consideration by the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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State Capitol
1:04 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Oklahoma Students Forced To Recite Pledge Under Bills

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Oklahoma schoolchildren would be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day under two bills that cleared a legislative committee on Monday.

The Senate Education Committee passed both bills on Monday with just one dissenting vote. Both measures can now be scheduled for a hearing before the full Senate.

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Transportation
9:42 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Lexington-Purcell Bridge Meeting Tuesday

The James C. Nance bridge.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

A town hall meeting is planned to update residents in Cleveland County about repairs to the bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Fire Department. The James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River has been closed since Jan. 31, creating travel nightmares for residents of the two towns.

The bridge was closed after cracks were discovered in structural bridge beams. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded an emergency contract last week for bridge repairs, and work began at 5 p.m. Friday.

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Earthquakes
9:07 am
Mon February 17, 2014

More Earthquakes Hit Central Oklahoma

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma continues to increase.
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Three earthquakes rumbled Logan County late Sunday, about a week after a 4.1 magnitude temblor caused minor damage at the county jail in Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday. The USGS initially estimated the earthquake as a 4.2 magnitude, but it was later downgraded to a 3.8 magnitude.

The earthquake was centered about 7 miles south-southwest of Guthrie.

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Sports
5:41 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G

Silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of the United States, gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and bronze medalists Jan Hudec of Canada and Bode Miller of the United States celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super-G.
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Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equalling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist at 36.

Andrew Weibrecht, starting 29th with all the favorites gone, used a pair of U.S. teammate Miller's skis to go one better than his third-place finish in Vancouver and win a surprise silver.

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Meth Supply Came From Mexico
6:27 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Three Year Investigation Breaks Meth Ring

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Authorities in Seminole County broke up an alleged methamphetamine ring and closed out a three-year investigation.

Agents arrested 26 people Friday morning and officials say they broke up a drug ring that was being supplied from Mexico.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, District 22 Drug Task Force, U.S. Marshals, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and Seminole police took part in the operation.

They arrested 21 people on warrants and arrested five more people for drug violations.

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