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Oklahoma Tax Increases Have Ground To A Halt Since Voters Passed This One Petition

Twenty-five years ago, a majority of Oklahoma’s voters thought it was a good idea. Today, not so much. Back in 1992, following the passage of a controversial education funding and reform measure, House Bill 1017 , Oklahoma voters pushed back against the tax increase with a state question that pretty much stopped all future tax increases. Led by stockbroker Dan Brown, voters passed State Question 640 , an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that added new restrictions on how revenue raising...

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Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

Headlines for Thursday, June 8, 2017:

  • University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is retiring. (KGOU)

  • Special elections to fill two legislative seats bring in 17 candidates. (NewsOK)

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University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is retiring from the position, after 18 years on the job. The move is effective immediately.

33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has been named as the Sooners' new head coach.

In a statement, Stoops says he feels the timing is right.

Headlines for Wednesday, June 7, 2017:

  • Another lawmaker announces his retirement. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill allowing alcohol sales in movie theaters. (Tulsa World)

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The University of Oklahoma’s softball team won their second straight national championship Tuesday night.

The 10th-seeded Sooners won 5-4 over the top-seeded Florida Gators.

Sophomore Shay Knighten hit a three-run double in the second inning, giving OU a 5-3 lead. She was later named the series' Most Outstanding Player.

The championship gives the program their fourth title, all coming under the directon of head coach Patty Gasso.

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The promise of a teacher pay raise seemed real this year, like lawmakers were actually going to get it done. But, they didn’t. And so, once again, some teachers are packing their bags in search of more money elsewhere. However, one teacher is asking them to stay in Oklahoma, and keep fighting.

This year’s legislative session began with high hopes of a teacher pay raise.

Governor Mary Fallin stressed the need for one in her February State of the State speech, and lawmakers put multiple pay raise plans on the table.

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A Republican state Senator from Tulsa says he's resigning his seat to pursue a promotion in the private sector. But, his resignation won't be effective until January 31, 2018.

Sen. Dan Newberry is an executive at the Tulsa Teachers' Credit Union. He was first elected to office in 2008, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is recalculating its eight year plan.

Director Mike Patterson says this comes after the legislature removed $150 million from the program which keeps work going on Oklahoma’s roads and bridges.

“Last year we had to reduce the eight-year plan by $323 million,” Patterson says. “These are cumulative numbers, and so, if you look over the last six to eight years, the impact has been $800 million.”  

Headlines for Tuesday, June 6, 2017:

  • Oklahoma gets another extension to Real ID. (Tulsa World)

  • OKC's I-235 at I-44 is reopening this morning, more than 24-hours earlier than expected. (NewsOK)

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Russia's military intelligence agency launched an attack days before Election Day on a U.S. company that provides election services and systems, including voter registration, according to a top-secret report posted Monday by The Intercept.

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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

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Residents of Oklahoma City will soon be asked if they support raising their own income tax, in order to increase funding for city schools.

Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid, along with other concerned community members, announced this morning they will soon circulate two initiative petitions.

Each petition will seek a 0.25% increase in the income tax rate. If the group gathers enough petition signatures, the measures will go to a vote of the people in a special election.

Photographer and journalist Katie Hayes Luke reported throughout the year on an innovative school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, Okla. We're not using the first names of students and family members to protect their privacy.

On the last day of school, the fifth grade students at Positive Tomorrows perform last-minute rehearsals for the inaugural "Classy Awards."

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Oklahoma State University is the first college or university in the state to offer a four-year degree in Sports and Coaching Science.

Program coordinator and associate professor Dr. Tim Baghurst says the bachelor's degree provides access to education that was previously only offered as a minor.

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