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Oklahoma City’s police union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123, is pushing the city’s police department to put more officers on the streets.

The union filed a grievance against the department April 12 that argued the department is understaffed by at least 200 officers, and is not meeting guidelines that require a certain number of officers per shift.

“[It’s] an officer safety issue,” said John George, FOP president.

Headlines for Monday, April, 17, 2017:

  • State lawmakers are returning to the capitol today after losing one of their own over the weekend. (Tulsa World)

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UPDATE: April 18, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives honored late state Rep. David Brumbaugh this morning.

On Monday, a folded United States flag was placed in Brumbaugh's desk and an Oklahoma flag was draped across his empty chair. Brumbaugh was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army’s legendary 101st Airborne Division.

House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka said every member of the House and their staff will miss him.

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In the struggle to come up with ways to fill Oklahoma’s nearly $900 million budget gap, some have suggested non-standard ideas to raise money — ideas that often die unceremoniously in the legislative process.

Headlines for Friday, April 14, 2017:

  • Largest bomb ever used by the U.S. might have come from the Sooner State. (Tulsa World)

  • A state House employee who warned of “cross dressers” at the Capitol apologizes. (NewsOK)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the state having to once again borrow money, this time $31M to pay for operational expenses, lawmakers sending Governor Fallin a measure to end tax credits for the wind industry this summer rather than in 2021 and an e-mail causes controversy when it warns House pages of "crossdressers" in the building.

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The 2017 legislative session is beyond the halfway point and the clock is ticking on lawmakers who have until the end of May to set the state’s budget and plug an $870 million funding hole. Legislators say every option is on the table, including one with growing public support: Increasing taxes on oil and gas.

First, it was state Democrats like minority leader Scott Inman, who have long argued Oklahoma’s taxes are too generous for oil and gas companies.

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In 1999, a Minnesota educator was removed from teaching biology, after school administrators learned he was focusing on creationism, and not evolution.

A bill now heading to the Oklahoma House floor would protect teachers from such backlash, if they chose to do something similar.

The House General Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted 4-3 Thursday to send the Senate-passed bill to the House floor for a vote.

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A study conducted by the State Department of Education casts doubt on the assumption that switching to a four-day school week will save money.

More and more districts are making the switch to the shortened week, citing costs savings as the reason. But the study, requested by Governor Mary Fallin, shows that might not be the case.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) faced off with constituents at a town hall this week, telling the members of the audience that they don't pay his salary.

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