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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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Oklahoma National Guard teams to help motorists

Posted: 02/09/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Emergency management officials say strike teams made up of Oklahoma National Guard troops, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and others have been deployed in case they're needed to help rescue motorists stranded on state highways.

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GOP lawmakers push to overhaul workers' comp

Posted: 02/09/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and GOP leaders in the House and Senate say they're committed to overhauling Oklahoma's workers' compensation and civil justice system.

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Oklahoma Senate panel OKs aerospace tax credits

Posted: 02/09/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state Senate committee is sending to the full Senate a bill to restore a $3.5 million tax credit for companies that hire aerospace engineers.

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Attorneys dispute commission's constitutionality

Posted: 02/09/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The constitutionality of Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission was debated during oral arguments in a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court.

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Storm prompts cancelation of Okla. Legislature

Posted: 02/08/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Legislative leaders in the House and Senate are planning to cancel the session on Wednesday and Thursday because of an incoming winter storm.

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Gov. Mary Fallin releases executive budget plan

Posted: 02/08/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has released an executive budget proposal that calls for agency consolidations to cut costs and work through a $600 million budget shortfall.

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Regulators shut banks in Colo, NM, Okla, Wis

Posted: 01/31/2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have closed banks in Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Wisconsin, lifting to 11 the number of bank failures in 2011 following last year's toll of 157 taken down by the weak economy and piles of soured loans.

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Okla. governor won't commute manslaughter term

Posted: 01/31/2011 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has denied a request to commute the sentence of man who was convicted of fatally shooting an acquaintance in 2003.

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