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7:50 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Enid School Board Criticizes Standardized Tests

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Members of the Enid Public Schools Board of Education say an overabundance of standardized testing is getting in the way of students' education.

The board unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that says the number of tests students are required to take gets in the way of child-centered learning and limits meaningful learning.

The resolution calls on the Legislature to re-examine Oklahoma's system of public school accountability.

The Enid News & Eagle reports  that copies of the resolution will be given to area legislators.

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7:06 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Oklahoma Senate to Launch Veterans Interim Study

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate is launching a study into reports of problems at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs' and its seven veterans' centers.

The study will begin Tuesday at the State Capitol. The first meeting will focus on administration issues including the structure and responsibilities of the agency and the War Veterans Commission. Lawmakers also will be looking into the role of the War Veterans Commission and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in relation to oversight of the agency.

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6:53 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Arraignment Date Set for Sccused Tulsa Shooters

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An arraignment is scheduled Oct. 22 for two men accused of gunning down three black people and wounding two more in April.

The arraignment date follows a ruling last week by a special judge who found there was sufficient evidence for Jake England and Alvin Watts to stand trial on first-degree murder counts.

Although arraignment initially was scheduled for Monday, the matter was postponed until the October date.

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6:47 am
Tue August 21, 2012

School Withholds Teen's Diploma for Cursing

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The father of an Oklahoma valedictorian says the school is withholding his daughter's graduation diploma because she used the word "hell" during her valedictory speech.

David Nootbaar (NOOT'-bahr) said Monday that his daughter Kaitlin inadvertently said she didn't know what the "hell" she wanted to become during her speech at the May graduation ceremony at Prague (prayg) High School.

Nootbaar said his daughter intended to use the word heck.

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1:05 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Trial to Begin in Tulsa for 2008 Slaying

Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney was shot to death in 2008
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The trial for a man accused in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman is set to begin this week.

Fred Shields is charged in the 2008 killing of Neal Sweeney. Prosecutors claim that Sweeney was killed in a murder-for-hire plot because of a business dispute. Shields' brother, Allen Shields, was also charged with conspiracy in Sweeney's death but died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2011.

Sweeney, a 63-year-old former Tulsa football star, was shot in the head on Sept. 4, 2008, at his business and died the next day.

Local & Regional
1:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Inhofe says Republicans will have Senate Majority

Senator Jim Inhofe talks with reporters
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe predicts his party will regain the majority in the U.S. Senate after the November elections — but even with that advantage, he believes Republicans won't have a veto-proof majority.

Inhofe made the remarks Monday morning during a breakfast in Tulsa sponsored by the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

The 77-year-old senator, who is not up for re-election this year, touted several recent accomplishments, including funding state transportation projects and passing into law his so-called Pilot's Bill of Rights.

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7:06 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Military Hall to Recognize Oklahoma Tribe Code Talkers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Choctaw Nation code talkers who served in two world wars and the first Oklahoma National Guard female general will be among those inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 9th.

The Oklahoman reported in Sunday's editions that Choctaw code talkers used their native language on the battlefields against the German army in World War One and World War Two.

Major General LaRita Aragon will be honored for her military service. Aragon was an educator before entering the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

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8:11 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Summer Heat, Drought Allow Deadly Amoeba to Thrive

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — High temperatures and an ongoing drought are having an impact on more than just crops and livestock.

State health officials say they are also creating ideal conditions for the growth of a tiny, single-cell organism that lives in Oklahoma's rivers, lakes and ponds and can cause a disease that is almost always fatal.

The organism is called Naegleria fowleri and is being blamed for the death of a 9-year-old Bryan County boy who contracted primary amoebic meningo -encephalitis after swimming in the Red River last month.

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8:07 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Earthquake Near Meeker

USGS Map of Meeker Quake

MEEKER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a small earthquake near Meeker in Lincoln County.

The U.S.G.S. reports the magnitude 3.0 earthquake was recorded at 10:30 p.m. Friday six miles northeast of Meeker — about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says there have been no reports of damage or injury

Local & Regional
8:05 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Oklahoma City Will Not Spray for Mosquitoes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials say they have no plans to begin spraying in an effort to combat mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile Virus.

State health officials have issued a public warning for the virus and say it has claimed three lives in the state this year and could become the worst year ever for the virus.

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