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All of the bills promising a teacher pay raise are dead for this legislative session. But, some lawmakers are still fighting for one.

The Senate’s deadline to vote on House Bill 1114 was Thursday, but they chose to not even discuss the measure.

The bill proposed a multi-year approach to increasing teacher pay, starting with a 1,000 raise next year, and a 6,000 dollar bump by year three.

A bill that adds steep criminal penalties for trespassing on sites containing “critical infrastructure” cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature. For more on House Bill 1123, here’s our story from March 2017.

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The most practical alternative to earthquake-triggering oilfield disposal wells is for energy companies to reuse the wastewater instead of injecting it underground, leaders of a research group working on behalf of the state said Wednesday.

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Headlines for Friday, April 28, 2017:

  • A state Senator resigns amid a criminal investigation. (NewsOK)

  • All of the bills promising a teacher pay raise are dead for this legislative session. (NewsOK)

  • The State Senate kills another measure to put a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol. (NewsOK)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and former House Speaker Steve Lewis about a 300-page bipartisan review of Oklahoma's death penalty process and a task force to look into untested rape kits in the state.

The trio also discusses the current state of the legislature with just four weeks left in the session and the increase in the number of people officially running for statewide office in 2018.

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Oklahoma state Senator Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) has resigned, effective immediately.

In February, The Oklahoman reported Loveless was under investigation for possible ethics violations involving campaign contribution reports and could face criminal prosecution.

Headlines for Thursday, April 27, 2017:

  • The state of Oklahoma is moving forward with executions. (AP)

  • Oklahoma’s new Attorney General creates a commission to study opioid abuse in the state. (NewsOK)

Headlines for Wednesday, April 26, 2017:

  • A bill seeking to increase the lottery’s contribution to education funding is heading to the Governor’s desk. (Tulsa World)

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A bipartisan group of Oklahomans is urging the state to keep its temporary ban on the death penalty.

The independent group, the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, spent more than a year reviewing the state’s death penalty process, from the initial arrest and questioning of a suspect through the execution.

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A bill that seeks to increase the lottery's contribution to education funding is heading to the Governor Mary Fallin's desk.

By law, the Oklahoma lottery gives 35 percent of its profits to education. But officials from the Oklahoma Lottery Commission say this mandate is actually stifling the amount of money that goes to schools.

They say it limits their ability to award large cash prizes, and so a lot of people don't play.

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