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Oklahoma News
6:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Oklahoma Jobless Rate Holds Steady At 4.7 Percent

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady
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State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.7 percent last month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state added 3,800 jobs last month — or more than 34,000 jobs since September 2013.

Six industry sectors posted job gains with the biggest jump coming in leisure and hospitality, which added 4,000 jobs. The leisure sector has the largest annual job gain at more than 9,300 for the year.

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OU Marching Band
4:35 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Boren Voids Band Policy On Student Public Comments

The Pride of Oklahoma
Credit University of Oklahoma - Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts

The University of Oklahoma's president has voided a band policy that prohibited students from making negative public comments about it.

Before President David Boren rescinded the band's rule last week, it stated that student band members could face dismissal from the group if they wrote negative posts about it online. He says the policy found in the university's band handbook obstructs students' free speech.

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Education
7:33 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Race For Superintendent Comes Down To Undecided Voters

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister met to discuss public education Sunday at Norman's Santa Fe Depot
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

In this year’s midterm elections, Oklahomans have already made up their minds on many of the candidates. But when it comes to the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, things aren’t so cut and dry. The race for the head education position may be chosen by a group of still-undecided voters.

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Education
8:38 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Senate Discusses Expanding Virtual Coursework

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The Legislature may add responsibilities to the Statewide Vitural Charter School Board in the form of oversight of virtual course selection for Oklahoma school districts through potential legislation, Sen. Gary Stanislawski said Monday.

Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, said in an Interim Study S14-23 evaluating virtual courses offered in schools that he is considering proposed legislation to increase online coursework available to Oklahoma students. 

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Education
7:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Endorse Teacher Pay Hike

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister at a public forum on October 19 in Norman.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

The Republican and Democratic contenders to become Oklahoma's top education official both are endorsing pay raises for teachers and a reduction in the number of tests public school students must take every year. 

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No Casualties
4:53 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 Fighters Collide Over Kansas

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Two Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets flying a training exercise out of Tulsa collided in midair over southern Kansas, causing one of the pilots to eject from the aircraft.

Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss says neither pilot was seriously injured in the collision Monday afternoon southwest of Howard, Kansas.

Moss says the pilot of one jet was able to return to Tulsa International Airport and landed safely. That aircraft was met on the tarmac by several fire and rescue vehicles.

The second jet crashed and burned in a field in Kansas.

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Oklahoma News
2:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hundreds Gather For Memorial Service In Duncan

Alan Hruby
Credit Stephens County Jail

Hundreds have gathered in Duncan to honor the memories of a newspaper publisher who was slain along with his wife and daughter.

An overflow of attendees at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday came together in song, speeches and prayer. John, Tinker and Katherine Hruby were found dead in their home on Oct. 13. Prosecutors say the Hruby's son killed them in hopes of inheriting money to pay off mounting debts.

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Oklahoma News
3:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Former OHP Trooper Formally Charged With Rape And Other Crimes

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A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who allegedly forced women to have sex with him following traffic stops has been formally charged with 14 counts that include rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe.

Court records show 42-year-old Eric Roberts was charged Friday in Creek County District Court.

His attorney has proclaimed Roberts' innocence and says he committed no crimes.

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Oklahoma News
7:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

House Panel Hears About Veteran Suicides

Oklahoma Mental Health Commissioner Terri White outlined veterans suicide statistics for a house panel Tuesday. White says nearly one in four suicides in Oklahoma involved a veteran in 2011. 

White pointed to a program operated by the U.S. Air Force which significantly reduced suicides among the military, offering prove that suicide prevention efforts work. The Department of Mental Health plans to seek an additional one million dollar appropriation next year to implement suicide prevention programs. 

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Environment
5:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Montana Decides To Keep Its Genetically Valuable Bison

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Montana wildlife officials have decided against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Cherokee Naton and other locations across the nation.

Instead, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to keep the animals in the state by relocating them to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana.

State officials had recommended splitting the animals between the Fort Peck tribes, a New York-based wildlife consortium, Oklahoma's Cherokee Nation and the state of Utah.

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