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State Board To Consider Cutting Oklahoma Lawmaker Salaries

A state board in charge of determining legislators’ salaries decided on Tuesday to keep compensation for state senators and representatives flat. They will consider reducing salaries and benefits when they meet again in January. The Board on Legislative Compensation voted unanimously to maintain legislators’ current compensation, which includes a base salary of $38,400, in addition to benefits and compensation for per diem costs. No one at the meeting was in favor of increasing lawmaker...

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Headlines for Thursday, October 19, 2017:

  • The state Mental Health Department announces cuts possibly affecting thousands of Oklahomans. (Journal Record)

  • Republican lawmaker stopped oversight of controversial drug recovery program. (Tulsa World)

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A state board in charge of determining legislators’ salaries decided on Tuesday to keep compensation for state senators and representatives flat. They will consider reducing salaries and benefits when they meet again in January.

The Board on Legislative Compensation voted unanimously to maintain legislators’ current compensation, which includes a base salary of $38,400, in addition to benefits and compensation for per diem costs.

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Headlines for Wednesday, October 18, 2017:

  • EMSA President and CEO Steve Williamson resigns amid a federal kickback lawsuit. (NewsOK)

  • Politifact finds Oklahoma spends more than ever if one ignores inflation. (Tulsa World)

Victor A. Pozadas

When Eugene Field Elementary was forced to discontinue the arts at their school, Current Studio co-founder Kelsey Karper knew there was a way to bring it back.

Current Studio, an independent visual arts space in Oklahoma City, resides in the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood shared by Eugene Field Elementary.

Financial restraints forced the school to eliminate their arts program.

“Everyone in Oklahoma as far as I’ve encountered understands that there’s a budget crisis here,” Karper said.

Headlines for Tuesday, October 17, 2017:

  • Budget cuts force an agency to end funding for health centers and child abuse prevention. (NewsOK)

  • Sexual harassment claims include Oklahoma officials. (Tulsa World)

There was a time when the National Rifle Association was known primarily for promoting gun safety and advocating for gun ownership for hunting and home protection.

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Not much of significance has gotten through this Congress, despite the House, Senate and White House all being controlled by the same party — Republicans.

President Trump says, don't blame him.

"We're not getting the job done. And I'm not going to blame myself, I'll be honest," Trump said during short remarks in a Cabinet meeting.

He then shifted away from "we" to "they."

"They're not getting the job done," the president said of Congress.

LISTEN: Remembering Eric Harmon

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Oklahoma musician Eric Harmon passed away on on Wednesday, October 4, following a short fight with cancer. He was 48.

Harmon played in dozens of Oklahoma bands: Moore-Peace-Harmony, Cousins, The Cant, Cinderbiscuits, Chainsaw Kittens, The Golden Eggs, Realistik, American Boyfriends, The Toothman, The Conflation Congregation, Chop Shop, Goblet, Dogpatch, 40 Minutes of Hell, Locust Avenue, and undoubtedly more.

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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.

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When Eugene Field Elementary was forced to discontinue the arts at their school, Current Studio co-founder Kelsey Karper knew there was a way to bring it back.

Current Studio, an independent visual arts space in Oklahoma City, resides in the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood shared by Eugene Field Elementary.

Financial restraints forced the school to eliminate their arts program.

“Everyone in Oklahoma as far as I’ve encountered understands that there’s a budget crisis here,” Karper said.

We're doing things by the numbers this week in our weekly roundup of all things education.

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Soon-to-be-released statewide test scores are expected to be much lower than they were in the past, but top education officials say the drop is due to a more difficult grading system, not poor-performing students.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says the state has a new way of measuring student proficiency.

“This has been a time of recalibrating,” she said in an interview after a press conference held with reporters to explain the declining scores.

 

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