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DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Oklahoma man cannot sue two deputies who arrested him on a sexual abuse complaint even though he was a victim of mistaken identity and detained for 84 days.

Tommy Braden had sued Creek County deputies John Davis and Chrissie Underwood. A 4-year-old rape victim had said someone named "Tommy" had assaulted her in 2012, but Braden wasn't cleared until DNA testing ruled him out as a suspect nearly three months later.

A man who lived nearby was ultimately convicted of the crime.

Matt Trotter / KWGS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Each of Oklahoma's five Republican U.S. House incumbents have filed candidacy papers indicating their plans to seek re-election in November.

U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Markwayne Mullin and Steve Russell each filed declarations of candidacy on Wednesday, the first day of Oklahoma's three-day filing period for political office.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Edmond is seeking a full six-year term in that seat, but says he plans to file his paperwork on Friday.

A proposal to stop upcoming Medicaid reimbursement cuts by raising cigarette taxes has the backing of two Oklahoma health care associations.

The Oklahoma Hospital Association and the Oklahoma Association of Health Care providers want lawmakers to approve a $1.50 per pack tax hike, which would raise $182 million — enough to halt reimbursement cuts slated for June 1.

Brett Coble with Westbrook Healthcare, a nursing home in Waurika, said the alternative is dire.

Oklahoma House

Oklahoma representatives voted down Wednesday a Senate bill requiring detailed monthly financial reports from the state’s school districts.

The reports would go to local school boards and be posted online within seven days of a district's submission to its board. Supporters said taxpayers have a right to know how districts are spending money.

Jenks Republican Chuck Strohm told his colleagues to temporarily think of school districts as publicly traded companies.

Tulsa Public Schools

The hope is a ‘teacher caucus’ will take over the state legislature to halt the bleeding of education funding that’s occurred the past several years. Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association Vice-President Shawna Mott-Wright believes people are fed up with what’s been happening at the capitol…and she hopes getting more educators and friends of education into the legislature will make a difference.

At least two Tulsa public school teachers and some area advocates for education are among the nearly 30 members of the ‘teacher caucus’ filing for office. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nearly three dozen Oklahoma educators who say they're frustrated by some Republican-backed changes to public education are among those filing for seats in the state House and Senate during the first of a three-day filing period in Oklahoma City.

Candidates for all 101 seats in the Oklahoma House and 25 posts in the 48-member state Senate began filing Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Among the other offices on the ballot in November are one U.S. Senate seat, five U.S. House posts, and a six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned part of the state's guidelines for compensating injured workers.

The state's highest court ruled Tuesday the permanent partial disability deferral provisions of the law are an unconstitutional violation of injured workers' due process rights and struck it down. The court also ruled that other parts of the law are an unconstitutional special law.

OETA

  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's secretary of finance says collections to Oklahoma's principal operating fund last month exceeded estimates for the first time since last July.

Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday that revenue collected by the general revenue fund in March totaled $394 million, $3 million above the estimate on which the state budget is based, but $30 million below March 2015 collections.

Income tax collections last month totaled $152 million, $19.2 million above estimate.

AUDIO: Educators to Run for State Seats

Apr 13, 2016
State of Oklahoma

Educators from across Oklahoma are expected today in Oklahoma City. Up to 30 teachers and school administrators are expected to file for state office.

Today is the first day to file. Many of the educators will seek state legislative positions. Fed-up with how the Oklahoma legislature deals with education has motivated these grassroots candidates. 

The goal is to create an 'Education Caucus' in the legislature to push for education funding and other pro-education measures.

In the local news:

  • Survey says 1,000 school jobs could be lost because of state budget crunch.
  • No delay in the Robert Bates trial.
  • The state corrections director warns of prison problems ahead.

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