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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A revised code of conduct proposed by the Oklahoma City school district is being heavily criticized by the teachers union.

The discipline policy outlines a plan that calls for problem students to go through increasing levels of intervention aimed at keeping them in school and reducing suspensions. Calls for the revision came after a recent audit found glaring inconsistencies in student discipline.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has approved disaster assistance for nine more Oklahoma counties following a series of severe storms.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had accepted her request for aid, raising the number of counties receiving individual assistance to 33 out of 77. Twenty eight other counties have requested help but haven't received a response from FEMA.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fraternity connected to a racist video that roiled the University of Oklahoma campus during spring has announced the hiring of a new director of diversity and inclusion.

Evanston, Illinois-based Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said in a news release Thursday it had hired North Carolina native Ashlee Canty to help oversee efforts to enhance diversity at the fraternity's more than 200 chapters.

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Tulsa Community College students move ahead on a sustainability project that caught national attention.

They added 30 tilapia to an aquaponic system selected as a finalist in the National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge.

"The fish waste they produce fertilizes the plant beds. Microbes in the soil break the fish waste down into something that can be absorbed by the plants," said electrical engineering student Dallas Ellerman. "The plants absorb those nutrients, clean the water. It's a sustainable, symbiotic system like you'd find in nature."



CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has arrested Alfalfa County Commissioner Doug Murrow and his wife on drug and weapons charges.

The OSBI says Murrow and Brandelynn Murrow of Cherokee were arrested Wednesday night at their home in Cherokee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Senator John Sparks of Norman is taking over as leader of the Democratic Caucus in the Oklahoma Senate.

Sparks announced in a statement Wednesday that he was replacing Senator Randy Bass of Lawton as the leader of the eight-member caucus.

Bass served only one year as Democratic leader before the caucus voted to replace him. He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Sparks takes over the position this week.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman is joining the growing chorus of Republican legislators demanding action after the Supreme Court's decision to order the Ten Commandments monument removed from the Capitol grounds.

Hickman said in a statement Wednesday that calls for the impeachment of justices and for a public vote on amending the Oklahoma Constitution are within the Legislature's authority and "will be seriously considered."

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says crime is declining in the state.

The newly published OSBI Uniform Crime Report for 2014 shows the murder rate dropped 14 percent in 2014. The reports says the number of murders reported last year — 178 — was the lowest in a 10-year period. Since 2012, murders have declined at a rate of 10.3 percent annually.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming the federal agency's proposed Clean Power Plan will threaten the reliability and affordability of power in the state.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Tulsa argues that the EPA is exceeding its authority and asks a court to grant an injunction prohibiting the EPA from regulating coal-fired electricity plants in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • PSO files for a $172-million rate hike. It blames EPA clean air mandates.
  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt files lawsuit against EPA over rules.
  • Tulsa's new superintendent wraps up day number one on the job