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The Oklahoma House has given final approval to legislation that expands the medical use of an oil derived from marijuana.

The House voted 69-14 for the measure and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

 

Oklahoma educators and parents say the latest round of proposed funding cuts to schools could have devastating consequences for students, as the state suffers its worst-ever budget crisis.

Hobbled by a crash in the oil and natural gas industry, Oklahoma also is dealing with reduced tax revenue following income tax cuts.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has proposed an increase in funding next year for K-12 education by about 4.6 percent from current adjusted spending of nearly $2.4 billion.

 

Chesapeake Energy, which has struggled with lower natural gas prices, reported better-than-expected financial results and said it signed a deal to sell some of its assets in Oklahoma.

The company said it will sell about 42,000 acres of assets Newfield Exploration Co. for $470 million.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of the year.

 

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed seven pieces of legislation into law, including one that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism.

The autism bill signed Wednesday requires coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in children younger than 9 years old.

Under the measure, children would have access to applied behavior analysis for up to 25 hours a week, with a limit of $25,000 a year.

 

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent."

Fallin also said Wednesday she's honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate and would be happy to consider such an offer.

Fallin said her priority is to elect a conservative, pro-business Republican who is strong on national defense, and that she believes Trump is that candidate.

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 A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Adacia Chambers entered her plea Wednesday in Payne County District Court after previously waiving her right to a preliminary hearing.

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Hundreds of health care workers, nursing home residents and other Medicaid recipients are rallying at the state Capitol in support of a plan to draw down hundreds of millions of federal dollars offered to states for Medicaid expansion.

About 300 people rallied Tuesday on the south steps of the Capitol and then flooded into the building to ask their legislators to back a proposal for a $1.50-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes to pay for the "Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020."

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University of Tulsa trustees are deciding whether to rename the law school because of one founder's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Sharon Bell tells The Associated Press that she and other trustees at the private university will discuss whether to remove John Rogers' name from the law school building during a meeting Wednesday.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has invalidated an initiative petition that calls for a statewide vote on whether to allow wine to be sold in grocery stores.

The Supreme Court handed down the ruling Tuesday and ordered the petition stricken from the November general election ballot.

The petition, filed by the Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma, was challenged by the Oklahoma Grocers Association, which alleged it unconstitutionally delegates legislative authority and is insufficient and misleading.

 

The Cherokee Nation is donating $455,000 to firefighters in 130 volunteer and rural departments throughout northeastern Oklahoma.

The Tahlequah-based tribe plans to present the money at a ceremony honoring more than 500 firefighters on Tuesday.

Tribal officials say the money will help fire stations by equipment, fuel and other necessary items.

 

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