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Goes Into Effect Nov. 1
6:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New State Gun Law Could Affect Licensing This Year

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a new state law could affect people who are applying for gun licenses this year.

The agency said Tuesday that the law going into effect Nov. 1 modifies the state's Self-Defense Act, making certificates expire after three years. Previously, the certificates did not expire.

OSBI says residents who have completed a gun safety training course should begin the application process for a license as soon as possible.

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8-1 Decision
3:47 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Legislature Had The Power To Repeal Common Core

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools.

The state's highest court took the action Tuesday a little more than four hours after attorneys presented oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the Legislature's action.

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Education
1:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Common Core Lawsuit

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An attorney says the Oklahoma Legislature engaged in "unprecedented expansion" of its authority when it passed legislation repealing Common Core education standards for English and math.

Attorney Robert McCampbell made the comments Tuesday during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in a lawsuit that alleges the legislation is unconstitutional.

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Politics and Government
4:21 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Crumbling Capitol Needs Repairs To Start

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State officials say they will authorize preliminary design work for repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol before millions of dollars in bond money authorized by the Legislature becomes available.

John Estus, spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said Monday that authorities are discussing using a few hundred thousand dollars in available construction funds to pay for an investigation of the building's exterior to determine what repairs are needed. The information would be required before the state requested bids on the project.

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Health
1:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Schools Offer Immunization Clinics Before Start Of School Year

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Oklahoma City Public Schools says it will offer mobile immunization clinics at selected schools ahead of the upcoming academic year.

The school is partnering with the Oklahoma Caring Foundation and Oklahoma City-County Health Department to bring Caring Van clinics to designated sites to promote immunizations. The vans will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the schools' parking lots on certain days.

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Education
6:21 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Oklahoma Common Core Lawsuit To Be Heard Tuesday

A lawsuit challenging the Legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math is being scrutinized by Oklahoma's highest court just one month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.

The Court may have the last word in whether the state will retain the Common Core stands after Justices hear oral arguments Tuesday.

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Politics and Government
10:43 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Bridenstine Tours Immigrant Children's Shelter At Fort Sill

U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
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As hundreds of immigrant children stay at a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton, some Oklahoma leaders says they are concerned a broad agreement on the nation's immigration policy won't be reached this year.

Oklahoma's Fort Sill has become a temporary home for unaccompanied Central American children flowing into the country. The immediate crisis is prompting President Barack Obama to push for $3.7 billion in emergency funding, a request that has gotten a cool reception from Oklahoma's all-Republican delegation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says he doesn't see the current situation serving as an impetus for broader immigration reform and is joining a growing GOP call for faster deportation.

Representative Jim Bridenstine toured the Fort Sill temporary shelter on Saturday with Representative Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.

Bridenstine said in a statement he was pleased with the care provided to the children but the influx of undocumented children was a result of President Obama’s immigration policies.

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Energy
9:39 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Corporation Commission Will Ask For Public's Input On Wind And Solar Issues

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission plans to seek the public's input in the placement of wind farms and the regulation of rooftop solar panels.

The commission's public utility division held the second of two meetings last Friday that lay the groundwork for issuing a notice of inquiry on wind and solar issues.

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Oklahoma News
8:40 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Oklahoma Correctional Officers Concerned About Prison Overcrowding

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A group that represents Oklahoma correctional officers says state prisons could end up dangerously understaffed if proposed cost-saving measures take effect.

In a letter to Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton, the Oklahoma Corrections Professionals says it has "grave concerns" about plans to eliminate 12-hour shifts by reducing the number of officers required on security posts.

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Oklahoma News
4:47 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Multiple Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma

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The U.S. Geological Survey says at least four earthquakes have rattled central Oklahoma, including a 4.3-magnitude temblor near Langston.

The earthquake struck shortly after noon Saturday about five miles southwest of Langston. Earlier, a 3.2-magnitude quake was recorded about 6:30 a.m. in about the same area near Langston. No damage or injuries were reported following either quake.

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