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Okla. Senate OKs 3rd grade reading law changes

Updated: 04/17/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill easing some of the requirements of a law that requires third graders who aren't reading at grade level be held back.

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Okla. governor vetoes Open Records bill, signs 21

Posted: 04/17/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would create a new exception to the Oklahoma's Open Records Act for the state's colleges and universities.

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Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma gay-marriage case

Posted: 04/17/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court today with a rare opportunity.

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Bill allows smoking at Okla. veterans' centers

Posted: 04/17/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Residents of Oklahoma's veterans' centers will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between the governor, Legislature and the War Veterans Commission.

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Okla. House Democrats call for education funding

Posted: 04/16/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some Oklahoma public school teachers and school administrators have joined a group of House Democrats in calling for an increase in tax dollars spent on public education.

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State-mandated minimum wage draws ire across state

Posted: 04/16/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

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Barresi decries plan to eliminate Okla. tests

Posted: 04/15/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi is raising concern about a bill before the Legislature that would eliminate state testing in social studies and geography.

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University of Tulsa researchers find new species

Posted: 04/15/2014 - TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A salamander first discovered by a University of Tulsa doctoral student in 2011 is being hailed as a new species in an international journal for animal taxonomy.

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Candidacy of Okla. governor hopefuls challenged

Posted: 04/15/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Democrat running for Oklahoma governor is challenging the candidacy of two independents in the race, including one he alleges failed to disclose a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago.

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Oklahoma AG cautions about tax and rebate scams

Posted: 04/14/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning Oklahomans about tax and rebate scams as the deadline nears to file personal income tax returns.

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Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Posted: 04/14/2014 - NELIGH, Neb. (AP) - Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.

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2 small earthquakes recorded north of Edmond

Posted: 04/14/2014 - EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes between Edmond and Guthrie near the Oklahoma-Logan County line.

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Freeze warnings issued for all of Oklahoma

Posted: 04/14/2014 - NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Subfreezing temperatures and up to 2 inches of snow are in the forecast for parts of Oklahoma early this week.

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35 Okla. doctors top $1 million in Medicare pay

Posted: 04/11/2014 - TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Thirty-five Oklahoma physicians received more than $1 million each during 2012 in payments for treating patients in the Medicare program.

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Oklahoma City independent joins governor's race

Posted: 04/11/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A colorful new candidate who plans to make legalization of marijuana one of his top priorities has joined Oklahoma's gubernatorial race.

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Transgender Okla. City officer seeks House post

Posted: 04/11/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A transgender Oklahoma City police officer who engaged in a legal battle with the department a decade ago has retired from the force and is now a candidate for an open seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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Okla. House panel approves pay raise for troopers

Posted: 04/10/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase of as much as 20 percent under a bill that has passed without opposition in a state House committee.

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Okla. House panel passes $160M Capitol bond bill

Posted: 04/10/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma House panel has passed legislation that authorizes a $160 million bond issue to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

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Okla. House budget committee passes income tax cut

Posted: 04/10/2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A House committee has approved legislation that authorizes a cut in the state's top personal income tax rate once revenue collections by the state increase.

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