The Two-Way
9:36 am
Sun May 17, 2015

WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

A tornado in Elmer, Okla., on Saturday. YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 2:21 pm

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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Third Grade Reading Test
5:11 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Fifteen Percent of Third Graders Face Retention Based on Preliminary Test Results

Third grade reading scores came out on Friday, and about 85 percent of the test-takers will be promoted to fourth grade based on the preliminary results released by the State Department of Education.

Under the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act, students must attain at least a “Limited Knowledge” score on the third grade reading test to be automatically promoted to the fourth grade.

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4:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail

Bloomberg Business reports that Harold Hamm, the billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.
Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation.
This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gun Bills, Bond Issues & GOP Domestic Violence

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about Governor Fallin vetoing a bill to keep cities from banning guns at events, but signs a bill allowing for guns at schools as well as two $25 million bonds for the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City and the OK POP museum in Tulsa.

The trio also discuss calls by Republicans to fire a member of the state GOP who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse and for the first time this fiscal year, general revenue collections fell below estimates.

8:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Headlines: AG Accusations, College Tuition & Special Olympics

Headlines for Friday, May 15, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney general is facing accusations his office lied to the US Supreme Court. (KFOR)

  • The $25 million dollar bond for the American Indian Cultural center moves forward. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa’s popular cultural museum, OKPOP, bond makes it out of committee. (Tulsa World)

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10:22 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Oklahoma Attorney General Admits “Error” In Brief To Supreme Court, But Says It Has No Bearing On Case

Buzzfeed updates their recent story about Oklahoma misleading the U.S. Supreme Court in a lethal injection case. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office admits it was an “inadvertent citation error.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office admits that it had provided inaccurate information to the Supreme Court in a death penalty case before the justices. The admission comes 13 days after BuzzFeed News first asked Pruitt's office for comment on the issue. In a statement, spokesperson Aaron Cooper says it was an "inadvertent" error.
8:17 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Headlines: Social Promotion, Ballot Access & Livable Streets

Headlines for Thursday, May 14, 2015:

  • Three Republican Women in the state Senate are asking for the resignation of a state GOP operative. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers are debating changes to the state’s third grade reading retention law. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill creating greater ballot access for third parties. (NewsOK)

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3:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

10 members of Congress Took Trip Secretly Funded by Foreign Government

The Washington Post reports 10 members of Congress, including Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine, took an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013. The trip was secretly funded by the state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan.
The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Obama appeared as speakers at the event.
11:22 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Oklahoma’s Attorney General Misled Supreme Court About Letter On Execution Drug Availability

Buzzfeed reports that the Oklahoma attorney general’s office misrepresented the facts behind a key argument about the availability of certain execution drugs in its filings at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Oklahoma attorney general's office misrepresented the facts behind a key argument about the availability of certain execution drugs in its filings at the U.S. Supreme Court, BuzzFeed News has determined. In the state's brief to the justices, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office highlights a letter that the lawyers describe as having been sent to state officials.
7:55 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Headlines: Parole Board Resignation, Gun Bills & Budget Cuts

Headlines for Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

  • The leader of the Pardon and Parole Board resigns after less than a month. (Journal Record)
  • Gun rights advocates are urging lawmakers to override a governor’s veto. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill aiming to tighten security at schools-- by allowing more guns on school grounds. (NewsOK)

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