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Okla GOP leaders follow Fla's education overhaul

Posted: 03/31/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Oklahoma is following the lead of the Sunshine State with GOP-sponsored reforms to bring more accountability and more rigorous standards to Oklahoma's public school system.

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Bill to ease Okla's prison population clears panel

Posted: 03/31/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More criminals in Oklahoma would be eligible for community sentencing and electronic monitoring under a bill making its way through the Oklahoma Senate.

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Okla. Senate panel votes to axe city union rights

Posted: 03/29/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma could join Wisconsin among the states moving to reduce collective bargaining rights for municipal workers under a Republican-sponsored bill approved by a Senate committee.

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Fallin defends support for Okla insurance exchange

Posted: 03/29/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is defending her efforts to create a health insurance exchange for uninsured Oklahomans that opponents say is a step toward implementing the federal health care overhaul law in the state.

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Okla. sex offenders pack legislative committee

Posted: 03/29/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dozens of convicted sex offenders packed a legislative committee room to protest a bill they say will force them from their mobile home park in south Oklahoma City.

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Okla 7th graders must have whooping cough vaccine

Posted: 03/29/2011 - TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Citing a rise in the number of cases of whooping cough in Oklahoma, the state now is requiring students entering the seventh grade to receive a vaccine for the disease.

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Protesters picket Okla governor's Tulsa appearance

Posted: 03/25/2011 - TULSA, Okla. (AP) - About a dozen people opposed to Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to accept a $54 million federal grant to implement a state health insurance exchange protested during her appearance in Tulsa.

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Legislative leaders predict deeper budget cuts

Posted: 03/25/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Legislative leaders say cuts to stage agency budgets likely will be deeper than the mostly 3 to 5 percent cuts proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin in her executive budget.

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Texan's obit urges anti-Obama donations

Posted: 03/23/2011 - THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) - A paid obituary for a Houston-area man who died of cancer recently urged mourners to, in lieu of flowers, "please make a donation to ANYONE running against" President Barack Obama.

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Gun rights group opposes Okla's open carry bill

Posted: 03/23/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma gun rights group is urging lawmakers to oppose a Senate bill that would allow individuals 18 or older to openly carry firearms in the state.

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Bill OKs substitute drugs for Okla. executions

Posted: 03/23/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials will have more flexibility to substitute the lethal drugs used to execute condemned inmates under a bill approved by a Senate panel.

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Okla. panel votes to bar children from lottery ads

Posted: 03/23/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Advertisements that promote Oklahoma's lottery could not include school-age children under a bill that has passed out of a state House committee.

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Okla. Senate OKs bill allowing open carry of guns

Posted: 03/16/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Anyone 18 or older could openly carry a firearm in Oklahoma without a gun license under a bill overwhelmingly approved in the state Senate.

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Okla. Senate OKs crackdown on drunken driving

Posted: 03/16/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Oklahoma would have to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for two years under a bill passed by the state Senate and sent to the House.

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Bill to ease Okla.'s prison growth clears House

Posted: 03/16/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - House Speaker Kris Steele's proposal to slow the growth of Oklahoma's prison population by expanding community sentencing and the use of electronic monitoring for some inmates has passed the House.

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