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Showers help, but drought persists in Oklahoma

Posted: 05/30/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Showers that pushed across Oklahoma have helped ease some of the state's dry conditions, but more than a quarter of the state remains locked in the worst category of drought.

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Mullin returns after Afghanistan troop visit

Posted: 05/30/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin is back in the country after spending the Memorial Day weekend with troops in Afghanistan.

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Officials urge caution as tick season begins

Posted: 05/29/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Officials in Oklahoma say residents should be vigilant about checking for ticks after the death of a man who acquired the Heartland virus.

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New safety requirements set for Keystone pipeline

Posted: 05/28/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.

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Pro-medical pot group launches signature drive

Posted: 05/28/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group seeking a statewide vote on whether to allow medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma is formally launching its signature drive with a rally at the state Capitol.

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Oklahoma lines up 2nd execution for after restart

Posted: 05/28/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate is scheduled for a November execution after telling a court he didn't want to be the first in line after a review of a botched try that ended with a prisoner's heart attack.

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Documentary explores 'True Grit' locations

Posted: 05/27/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new documentary about the Charles Portis novel "True Grit" explores the areas in southeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas where the book was set.

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Meeting in McAlester on residents' health needs

Posted: 05/27/2014 - MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma State Department of Health is hosting a community meeting to learn what McAlester residents believe are their most critical health needs.

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Okla. House votes to repeal Common Core standards

Posted: 05/23/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has voted overwhelmingly to repeal standards for math and English instruction that more than 40 states have adopted and to replace them with standards developed by the state.

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Bill to repair Okla. Capitol approved by Senate

Posted: 05/23/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a 10-year, $120 million bond issue to overhaul the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

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House defeats, then passes school shelter plan

Posted: 05/23/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has reversed itself and narrowly passed a plan it had earlier defeated to help school districts pay for safety upgrades such as storm shelters and safe rooms.

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Okla. Senate OKs pay raises for state workers

Posted: 05/22/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More than 12,000 state employees at 25 state agencies would receive a pay raise in July under a bill that has been approved in the Oklahoma Senate.

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School board members met privately on Bible class

Posted: 05/22/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Emails to school board members and school administrators in a district that approved a Bible-based curriculum show that they broke into small groups for meetings with the program's chief backer to circumvent a law requiring government bodies to meet in public.

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Okla. House, Senate override reading bill veto

Updated: 05/21/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a bill making it easier for school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level.

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Bill would stop pay raises for Okla. officials

Posted: 05/21/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Judges on Oklahoma's appellate courts and statewide elected officials like the governor and attorney general won't be getting pay raises next year under a measure approved by a House budget panel.

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Okla. governor vetoes 3rd grade reading bill

Posted: 05/20/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level.

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