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Using It to teach history and arts in high school
5:16 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Mustang School Board Votes In Museum Of The Bible's Curriculum

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A high school curriculum billed as a way to teach archaeology, history and the arts through Bible stories also tells students God is always there in times of trouble, but that sinners must "suffer the consequences" of disobeying.

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Oklahoma News
12:38 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Statue Of Chickasaw Storyteller Dedicated In Chickasha

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.-4) speaking at the dedication ceremony for a statue of his great aunt, Chickasaw storyteller and artist Te Ata.
Jessica Jackson University of Science of Arts of Oklahoma

Congressman Tom Cole says Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher should be credited for keeping Native American culture and identity alive when it wasn't always easy.

Cole, who is Fisher's great nephew, spoke Friday at the dedication of a bronze statue of Fisher at the University of Science and Arts inOklahoma in Chickasha.

Fisher attended Oklahoma College for Women — now USAO— before becoming a world-renowned Chickasaw storyteller and an actress.

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Standardized Testing
9:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Vendor Apologizes To Oklahoma Education Board For Glitches

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Oklahoma State Department of Education Flickr Creative Commons

Company officials say the glitch that stalled Oklahoma's standardized testing Monday was caused by a small piece of infrastructure that failed at the testing vendor's data center.

That's according to CTB/McGraw-Hill president Ellen Haley, who apologized to members of the Oklahoma Board of Education on Thursday for the disruption. More than 8,200 students had their tests disrupted Monday because of the malfunctioning hardware, leaving Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi to suspend all testing that day.

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Oklahoma Bar Association Would have been left out
5:58 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

House Defeats Measure That Would Change Judicial Appointment Process

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The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly defeated a measure that would change how attorneys are appointed to a commission that nominates members of the state Supreme Court and appellate courts.

House members voted 65-31 Thursday to kill the Senate-passed bill after opponents said it was an attempt to politicize the judicial selection process.

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Baker Hughes Will reveal chemicals used
4:41 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Major Supplier Is First Company To List Fracking Ingredients

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A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it's unclear if other firms will follow suit.

Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry for not disclosing all of the chemicals used in drilling.

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Death Penalty
2:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

After Court Drama, Oklahoma To Have Two Executions

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Gov. Mary Fallin says two death row inmates at the center of the state's legal flap will both be executed Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937.

Her decision comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles standing in the way of the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner.

Fallin said Thursday the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is working on specifics and logistics of how the executions will be carried out.

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State Capitol
1:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Senate Passes Bill For Oklahoma Capitol Repairs

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

The Oklahoma Senate has resurrected a plan to spend up to $160 million to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

The Senate voted 33-9 Thursday for a House-passed resolution that would authorize repairs to the Capitol. The bill called for vote of the people on whether to issue $120 million in bonds to pay for repairs, but the Senate amended it to authorize a bond issue of up to $160 million without a public vote.

The bill now goes back to the House.

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Death Penalty
8:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Says OK to Executions

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they're entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them.

In a ruling late Wednesday, the state's high court also lifted a stay of execution it had granted earlier in the week.

The decision paves the way for death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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Will begin receiving aircraft in 2016
6:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Altus Air Force Base Selected To Receive Pegasus Tanker Aircraft

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Altus Air Force Base has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as the formal training unit for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker aircraft.

Air Force officials made the announcement Wednesday. McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas was also selected as the first active operating base for the tankers.

Both bases will begin receiving aircraft in 2016.

Air Force officials say the KC-46A aircraft is intended to replace an aging fleet of tankers that have been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years.

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Oklahoma Has High Rates of Incarceration
5:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Votes Down Bill To Parole Aging Prisoners

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A bill to allow some aging prisoners to be released from prison early has been shot down in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted 29-14 on Wednesday against the Parole of Aging Prisoners Act. The bill would have allowed the state Pardon and Parole Board to parole prisoners who are 65-years-old or older if they have served 10 years in prison or at least one-third of their sentence.

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