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Just 7 drugs account for 577 Okla. deaths in 2009

Posted: 02/28/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Numbers compiled by state drug-abuse fighters say 577 Oklahomans were killed in 2009 by just seven different drugs - five of them legal and obtainable by prescription.

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3 more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

Posted: 02/25/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Influenza-related illnesses are still making a mark in Oklahoma, as health authorities report three more deaths, bringing the total number this season to 15.

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Fla. woman pleads sentenced on Okla. sex charge

Posted: 02/25/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Florida woman who pleaded guilty to traveling to Oklahoma to have sex with a 14-year-old boy has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison.

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Lawmaker says bargaining repeal not union busting

Posted: 02/25/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The author of legislation that would repeal collective bargaining rights for municipal workers in Oklahoma's 13 largest cities says it is designed to give cities more control over their workforce and budgets, not to bust unions.

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AARP opposes less oversight of nursing homes

Posted: 02/25/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Funding essential services for Oklahoma's elderly population and fighting attempts to rollback regulatory oversight of long-term care facilities are all part of AARP Oklahoma's legislative agenda this year.

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US House panel hears roads testimony in Oklahoma

Posted: 02/25/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma transportation officials are asking congressional leaders to help reduce federal regulations that they say often slows road projects in the state.

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Bones found by Okla. researchers are new dinosaur

Posted: 02/23/2011 - NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Bones found in eastern Utah in the mid-1990s by researchers from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History have been determined to be from a newly confirmed type of dinosaur.

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Okla's income tax rate slashed for 2012

Posted: 02/23/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state board of elected officials has voted to slash Oklahoma's top income tax rate by one quarter of 1 percent.

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Okla. House committee passes anti-bulling bill

Posted: 02/23/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A legislative panel has approved anti-bullying legislation designed to protect Oklahoma school students from intimidation and harassment both on and off school grounds.

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Okla. panel passes fetal pain anti-abortion bill

Posted: 02/23/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state House committee has approved an anti-abortion measure to prohibit abortions on fetuses older than 20 weeks that can feel pain.

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Plane with federal inmates makes emergency landing

Posted: 02/22/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A U.S. Department of Justice airplane carrying federal prisoners and U.S. marshals has made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

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Treasurer: Oklahoma pensions at `crisis level'

Posted: 02/22/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State Treasurer Ken Miller says Oklahoma's public pension systems are at "crisis level" because of their $16.5 billion unfunded liability.

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Gov's workers' comp plan clears Okla. Senate panel

Posted: 02/22/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation system has cleared its first legislative hurdle and now heads to the state Senate for a vote.

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Senate panel OKs changes to teacher firings in Okla.

Posted: 02/21/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Senate committee has approved bills to expand the number of charter schools in Oklahoma and make it easier to fire public school teachers, despite concerns from some Democrats that the proposals amount to an "assault" on public education.

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Okla. state workers to rally for pensions, pay

Posted: 02/21/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Hundreds of state employees are expected at the Oklahoma Capitol to urge lawmakers to retain their pension benefits and implement a total compensation package that would include better salaries.

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Long snow cleanup expected in Grand Lake area

Posted: 02/21/2011 - KETCHUM, Okla. (AP) - Consultants and resort managers say the cleanup in the Grand Lake area from the recent snowstorms could take months and damages to vessels and docks could total $40 million.

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Tahlequah man dies in 4-wheeler accident

Posted: 02/21/2011 - WAGONER, Okla. (AP) - A 26-year-old Tahlequah man has died after the four-wheeler which he was driving overturned and landed on top of him.

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Okla. senator seeks AG opinion on education workers

Posted: 02/16/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state Senate's top Democrat wants an attorney general's opinion on whether it's legal for state education workers to be paid with private funds.

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Trial set for Ark. man who threw fatal punch in bar

Posted: 02/16/2011 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A May 18 trial date has been set for a Sheridan man who is charged with battery for throwing a single punch that killed an Ardmore, Oklahoma, police officer.

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Independent Okla. voter challenges state question

Posted: 02/16/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An independent Oklahoma voter says a recently enacted state ballot issue that revamps the state Apportionment Commission discriminates against independents.

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Ceremony for Okla. soldiers headed for Afghanistan

Posted: 02/16/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thousands of people have packed into the Oklahoma City Arena for a ceremony for more than 3,200 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen who are deploying to Afghanistan. The number of people expected is so large that the nearby Cox Convention Center is also being used.

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Bokchito man accused of moving daughter's remains pleads

Posted: 02/16/2011 - DURANT, OK - A man accused of moving his 12-year-old daughter's remains to another state has pleaded guilty to four counts. Abel Wolf on Tuesday entered a blind plea, meaning no plea agreement was offered.

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