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1:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

US Judge Sides with Oklahoma in Health Care Suit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people who buy insurance under the health care law.

U.S. District Judge Ronald White is the latest to weigh in on regulations that allow health insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act in all 50 states. Earlier this month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a decision that had questioned those subsidies.

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1:16 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Group Plans Anti-Incarceration Rally at Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate is a featured speaker in a rally to bring awareness to the state's high incarceration rate and tough criminal code.

The rally to end mass incarceration will be held Thursday at the state Capitol.

Democratic State Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City is among a group of speakers at the event, which also will include family members of prisoners serving long sentences.

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1:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Charges are Filed in Moore Murder

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have charged an Oklahoma man with first-degree murder in the beheading of a Vaughan Foods plant worker.

Cleveland County prosecutor Greg Mashburn announced the charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Alton Nolen. The attack killed 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, and 43-year-old Traci Johnson was repeatedly stabbed. Johnson survived the attack.

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7:01 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Cause of Oklahoma Truck-Bus Crash Still Unknown

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ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention was the cause of a highway collision that killed 4 members of a Texas college softball team.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday again declined to say what distracted the driver of the tractor-trailer at the time of the crash Friday night.

Authorities have identified the driver as 53-year-old Russell Staley of Saginaw, Texas. Staley declined to comment on Monday when reached by The Associated Press.

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6:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Charges Expected in Oklahoma Workplace Beheading

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MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor says he expects to file a charge of first-degree murder in the beheading of a woman at a food distribution center in an Oklahoma City suburb.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said he expects to file charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Alton Nolen.

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6:55 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Subcommittee to Discuss Oklahoma Education Funding

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma legislative subcommittee is scheduled to meet for a study into education funding in the state.

The House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education is to meet Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.

Lawmakers say the study is to focus on how much money that is sent to education makes it into classrooms and what educational resources are in short supply.

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11:33 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Vendor Drops Out of Oklahoma Bidding Process

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials say the testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill has withdrawn itself from consideration for a new contract for Oklahoma's winter exams.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday that the company would withdraw from the bidding process. Last week, the Oklahoma State Board of Education delayed action on the no-bid contract amid criticism over CTB/McGraw Hill's performance on the standardized tests over the past two years.

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6:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Jay Man Killed in Farm Accident

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JAY, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Jay man was killed when he was run over by a tractor.

Troopers say 76-year-old Joel Gene Dearrington died in the accident Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say Dearrington was showing his wife how to operate the tractor when the clutch somehow released and he was run over by both the tractor and a brush hog. Dearrington was taken to a Grove hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His wife was not injured.

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6:55 am
Mon September 29, 2014

OHP: Truck Driver says Distracted Before Crash

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with a bus killing four members of a Texas community college softball team told them he had been distracted by something in his cabin before the accident.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Ronnie Hampton said Sunday that the truck driver, 53-year-old Russell Staley of Saginaw, Texas told investigators he was distracted before crossing the median on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma Friday night.

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6:53 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oklahoma School Officials Frustrated with Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma school administrators remain frustrated by the Legislature's decision to repeal rigorous Common Core academic standards for public school students weeks before they were to go into effect.

Their frustration intensified when federal officials denied Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend millions of federal education dollars. Federal officials said Oklahoma could not demonstrate its current standards help students become college- and-career-ready.

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