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News recap for July 28, 2014 (same-day compilation of articles for printing ease) (access required)

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Border boosters: Immigrant children vaccinated at rates similar to Americans, study shows (access required)

By M. Scott Carter The Journal Record Immigrant children being sheltered at military installments across the country are likely to have been vaccinated at a rate comparable to American children, according to a study by the United Nations Children’s Fund and a researcher at the University of Texas.

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Work comp attorneys: New WCC staff top heavy, inexperienced; panel secretive (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report A report from two veteran workers’ compensation attorneys, including one who has filed a lawsuit against the new Workers’ Compensation Commission on behalf of a recently terminated employee, contends that during its first seven months, the new commission has not resulted in a recognizable reduction in litigation of claims.

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Fent’s challenge to oil & gas tax law change goes before court referee (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report Attorney Jerry Fent will argue before an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee Tuesday morning that a bill changing the way oil and natural gas production is taxes is unconstitutional.

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Fallin wants probe to include botched executions (access required)

(Associated Press) – Gov. Mary Fallin wants investigators looking into Oklahoma’s flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states, such as Ohio and Arizona, as they develop recommendations for improving how Oklahoma puts condemned inmates to death, the governor’s spokesman said on Friday.

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In brief: Oklahoma polling employers on workforce needs (access required)

(Associated Press) — The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is partnering with a research firm to conduct a telephone poll about what employers think about health and other issues affecting the workplace.

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Passing grades: Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System says it’s on the road to recovery (access required)

By M. Scott Carter The Journal Record The Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, once considered one of the nation’s worst, this week reported record growth, with a portfolio balance of more than $14 billion.

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News recap for July 25, 2014 (same-day compilation of articles for printing ease) (access required)

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Proposed FMLA regulations would require benefits for same-sex couples (access required)

By Kimberly Atkins Dolan Media Newswires WASHINGTON – A proposed federal regulation requiring employers to provide legally married same-sex couples with benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act regardless of their employees’ state of residence could help clear up some complications caused by conflicting federal and state laws.

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OKC attorney to succeed Ballard on parole board (access required)

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Friday that attorney Patricia “Pattye” High will succeed the late Currie Ballard on the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

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