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Another Budget Shortfall Expected For Oklahoma

Oklahoma lawmakers are facing another shortfall for 2019, but it's not expected to be as bad as past years. The Equalization Board approved a budget with a shortfall of $167 million for lawmakers to allocate for the next fiscal year to start on July 1st. Meanwhile, Governor Mary Fallin says she plans to sign a 2018 budget bill which includes $45 million in cuts to state agencies, because she says it’s time to close out this year’s budget. “We’re well over the time period when that budget...

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One Way To Relieve Overcrowded Prisons: Make Lock-Up A Last Resort For Probation Violations

More than 30 people sit uncomfortably on hard, wooden benches under the watchful eyes of Judge Tim Henderson. It’s late morning in Henderson’s courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse. Some people have been waiting for hours. Most of these people are on probation, and they’re anxiously waiting for their chance to make a deal. Judge Henderson says these people broke their plea agreements. COMING TO TERMS Oklahoma’s prisons are bursting at the seams. A state task force charged with reforming...

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Headlines for Wednesday, February 21, 2018:

  • Lawmakers are facing another shortfall for 2019, but not as bad past years. (Journal Record)

  • Public schools get ready for another round of budget cuts. (Tulsa World)

TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

The Tulsa Race Riots lasted two days. Thirty-five blocks of black neighborhoods were destroyed and at least 39 people died. Historians now agree it was among the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. History.

However, State Senator Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, says many Oklahoma teachers often brush over the topic, or teach it incorrectly. He hopes a new Tulsa Race Riot curriculum can change that.

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Oklahoma lawmakers are facing another shortfall for 2019, but it's not expected to be as bad as past years.

The Equalization Board approved a budget with a shortfall of $167 million for lawmakers to allocate for the next fiscal year to start on July 1st.

Meanwhile, Governor Mary Fallin says she plans to sign a 2018 budget bill which includes $45 million in cuts to state agencies, because she says it’s time to close out this year’s budget.

Headlines for Tuesday, February 20, 2018:

  • Oklahoma House passes a budget not too different from an earlier version. (Journal Record)

  • Bills forcing every classroom to display certain items pass out of committee. (Tulsa World)

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UPDATE 12:40 p.m.:

Today's baseball game has been canceled due to weather. The first OSU baseball game to serve alcohol throughout the stadium is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m.

ORIGINAL POST:

Oklahoma State University is conducting a trial for serving alcohol at baseball and softball games this season.

Oklahoma Takes Opioid Makers to Court

Feb 19, 2018
Claire Donnelly / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma will be the first state to go to trial against opioid manufacturers next year.

The state's Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke to The Takeaway on Monday about the state’s lawsuit. He says more than 1,000 Oklahomans die each year from overdoses and the majority of those deaths are attributed to opioids.

Hunter says some drug companies have used propaganda for decades to convince prescribers that opioids were not addictive.

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A Senate Committee passed a bill Monday morning that would force schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in every classroom.

Senate Bill 1016 requires the placement of the motto, as soon as private funds are available.

Grove Republican Senator Wayne Shaw says he authored the bill because the national motto is on the official currency of United States, so it should be in Oklahoma classrooms.

Headlines for Monday, February 19, 2018:

  • Two more Oklahoma City schools face threats today. (NewsOK)

  • A new study ranks Oklahoma third worst in structurally deficient bridges. (CNHI)

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities in connection with the attack on the 2016 presidential election.

The defendants are "accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes," according to a statement from the special counsel's office. The indictment charges them with "conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft."

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Environmental groups and concerned residents this week told federal officials the Oklahoma agency charged with protecting air, land and water lacked the resources and rules to manage a state-run plan to regulate coal ash.

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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

Education News

TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

The Tulsa Race Riots lasted two days. Thirty-five blocks of black neighborhoods were destroyed and at least 39 people died. Historians now agree it was among the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. History.

However, State Senator Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, says many Oklahoma teachers often brush over the topic, or teach it incorrectly. He hopes a new Tulsa Race Riot curriculum can change that.

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma lawmakers have butted heads for years over how to increase funding for education, but one recurring idea has been to give schools more flexibility in spending the money they already have.

A new bill filed by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, is the most recent attempt to do this.

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Public School Board of Education voted to accept Superintendent Aurora Lora’s resignation Tuesday night.

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