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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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Headlines for Monday, June 5, 2016:

  • Cost for special elections this year could be as much as $200,000. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma’s debt rating stays put after credit company update. (Journal Record)

After three consecutive ties, the National Spelling Bee was determined to have a solo winner, so it added a new tiebreaker procedure for Thursday night's finals in Oxon Hill, Md.

They nearly needed it, as finalists Ananya Vinay and Rohan Rajeev burned through round after round of words.

But Rohan tripped on the word "marram" (the Norse-derived word for a type of grass found on beaches), and Ananya was able to capitalize, correctly spelling "marocain" (a heavy crepe fabric, its name derived from the French word for Moroccan) to win.

Headlines for Friday, June 2, 2017:

  • Senator Inhofe supports Trump’s pull out of Paris climate accord. (Tulsa World)

  • Congressman Lucas face mostly cordial crowds at town halls. (NewsOK)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republlican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about how lawmakers did in the 2017 legislative session as they adjourned just before time ended last Friday, Governor Fallin gave her stamp of approval on the $6.8M budget for the next fiscal year, but the session ended without the passage of some of her issues on criminal justice reform which she promised during her State of the State.

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma rye harvest gets underway within the next few days. Oklahoma is the country’s number one producer of what is occasionally referred to as the ‘poverty grain.’ Rye doesn’t have the best reputation, but demand is on the rise.

President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate deal.

Here are five things that could be affected by the decision.

1. The coal industry

Even coal companies had lobbied the Trump administration to stay in the agreement.

President Trump will tell the world Thursday whether he plans to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe (@JimInhofe), one of the deal’s most vocal critics in Congress.

Public Safety Lifts State Trooper 100-Mile Limit

Jun 1, 2017
Brian Hardzinski / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Troopers can now drive as many miles as they want.

The state Department of Public Safety lifted the restriction Thursday that only allowed troopers to drive 100 miles per day.

The 100-mile limit was adopted in December due to a budget shortage.

“When your job is to patrol the roadways, it is very easy to get to 100 miles,” Trooper Dwight Durant said.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris accord — the historic global agreement reached by 195 countries in 2015 to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.

Headlines for Thursday, June 1, 2017:

  • Governor Mary Fallin signs the 2018 state budget. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett announces his plans to run for governor next year. (NewsOK)

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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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A weekly two-hour show of Oklahoma music, from across the state. The show opens a window of Oklahoma music to the rest of the world.