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Headlines for Friday, May 19, 2017:

  • Tornadoes swarm across western Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • Budget negotiations are starting again today after appearing to fall apart on Thursday. (Tulsa World)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about lawmakers working to increase revenue to fill a nearly $900 million shortfall in the budget, the House welcomes its newest member who won a special election in District 28 & a bill gets amended to dramatically change civil lawsuits and no one noticed.

Educators have criticized Oklahoma’s A Through F Report Card for years saying the way it grades schools is unfair. The State Department of Education finally overhauled it, but some groups call the new plan racist, and they’re threatening to sue the Department of Education if parts of the new Report Card aren’t changed.

A school’s grade is based on a couple different things. One of which is whether students are meeting certain academic targets.

Headlines for Thursday, May 18, 2017:

  • Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby is acquitted in her manslaughter trial. (Tulsa World)

  • Democrats are getting a say in the budget. (Tulsa World)

Tulsa Police

A white Tulsa police officer who shot an unarmed black man in September has been found not guilty on manslaughter charges.

A jury deliberated for nearly ten hours Wednesday before returning the verdict just before 11 p.m.

Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby says she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher because she feared for her life after he didn't obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his vehicle for what she thought was a gun. No gun was found in Crutcher's vehicle.

Headlines for Wednesday, May 17, 2017:

  • Measure to raise $400 million in revenue fails to get enough votes to pass. (KOSU)

  • School districts move forward with major cuts in budget uncertainty. (NewsOK)

It was a wild day at the state capitol as lawmakers tried to find new sources of revenue to fill the nearly $900 million budget shortfall and fund teacher pay raises. But, with just three days left to find new money, they’re likely back at the drawing board.

Starting about noon, there were rumors that a budget agreement had been reached between the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate and Governor Mary Fallin. The scheduled an announcement for 2:30 p.m.

Headlines for Tuesday, May 16, 2017:

  • Lawmaker slipped an amendment into a new law to create a massive shift in state’s legal system. (Tulsa World)

  • Legislators say passage of the amendment killing the so-called American Rule was a mistake. (NewsOK)

The Washington Post looks at President Richard Nixon's 1974 commencement address at Oklahoma State University, just months before resigning from office.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Speaking at a media event atop an interstate overpass construction site in Norman, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe told a small crowd Friday that President Donald Trump is serious about a proposed $1 trillion national infrastructure plan.

The Republican is chair of a Senate subcommittee that oversees such programs and he said Oklahoma stands to benefit from a new focus for federal funding.

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