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3:17 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Education Voucher Bill Clears Senate Committee

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill allowing parents to receive cash subsidies from the state to send their children to private schools has cleared a Senate committee despite bipartisan opposition.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-6 on Tuesday for the bill that is fiercely opposed by education groups, including those representing school boards, administrators and teachers.

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12:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Oklahoma House Passes Texting While Driving Ban

House okays text ban.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved legislation to prohibit texting while driving.

House members voted 96-2 for the bill and sent it on to the state Senate for debate and a vote. A similar bill is already pending on the Senate floor.

The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa marks the second consecutive year he has authored legislation to ban texting while driving in the state. Last year, a similar bill died on the House floor.

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8:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Man Killed By Casino Stun Gun

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tulsa man has died after an Osage Nation police officer used a stun gun on him during an altercation outside a casino.

The Tulsa World reports 41-year-old Terry Price was at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino on Friday night despite being banned.

Authorities say a tribal officer used a stun gun on Price after he began to fight several officers.

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8:05 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tulsa Metro Roads Are Slick in Spots

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More snow is projected to fall this week in Oklahoma and transportation officials are warning drivers of roads that are already slippery.

The National Weather Service in Norman issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the state. No precipitation is projected Tuesday but light snow will be possible in the southern part of the state on Wednesday. Snow accumulation of less than one inch is expected.

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7:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tulsa Construction Company Picked to Restore Oklahoma Capitol

Parts of the capitol are blocked off because it has been declared unsafe.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa-based construction company has been selected to complete the repair and restoration of the interior of the state Capitol.

State officials announced Monday the selection of Manhattan Construction as the contractor on the project. A total of three vendors had submitted proposals.

State Capitol Project Manager Trait Thompson says the interior work should begin next year and will be capped at $91 million.

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7:54 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Measure to Allow Conversion Therapy Passes Committee

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Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation to prohibit Oklahoma from regulating the practice of so-called gay conversion therapy has been approved by a state House committee.

Without debate, the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee voted 5-3 and sent the bill to the full House.

In other states, bills have been filed to ban conversion therapy, a range of practices aimed at changing one's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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3:14 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Coburn Talks U.S. Constitutional Convention to Oklahoma GOP

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is visiting with Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature and urging them to join the list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Coburn met separately Monday in Republican caucus meetings in the House and Senate to talk about the idea of a convention of the states to address the growing power of the federal government.

Separate measures in the House and Senate would call for a constitutional convention, which is authorized under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.

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3:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

House Approves Bill to Expand DNA Collection

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill allowing Oklahoma district attorneys to collect DNA samples for the state's offender database from defendants who aren't sentenced to prison.

The House voted 93-3 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Defendants convicted of certain crimes are required to provide samples to the state DNA database. Most samples are taken by prison officials, leaving those convicted but sentenced to probation often omitted.

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11:25 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Oklahoma Agencies Return to Capitol for Budget Briefings

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from state agencies across Oklahoma are returning to the Capitol for more budget briefings since the Legislature must deal with a $611 million shortfall in the next fiscal year — double the initial projection.

Appropriations and budget subcommittees in the House and Senate are meeting with agency leaders this week to find out how they would handle budget cuts ranging as high as 10 percent.

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10:31 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Oklahoma Troopers Arrest Women after High-Speed Chase

Arrested was 34-year-old April Sparks
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has arrested a woman and her passenger after a police chase that reached speeds over 100 mph.

Troopers say the 34-year-old driver sped through a toll plaza on the Creek Turnpike without paying late Sunday night. They say speeds during the chase averaged about 105 mph before the driver crashed into a ditch and fled from the 2007 Chevrolet Impala.

The driver was arrested by Tulsa County deputies and faces charges including eluding, reckless driving, and failure to pay a toll.

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