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News recap for Oct. 24, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

News recap for Oct. 24, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing)

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Ed standards committee schedules next meeting, Chair explains schedule (access required)

By Emily Summars Journal Record Legislative Report Oklahoma Education Standards Steering Committee Chair Amy Ford scheduled the second committee meeting for Oct. 30, a fact the average public may not know because the committee is not required to follow the Open Meetings Act due to its advisory role.

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In brief: OPERS hires exec. director (access required)

(JRLR) — The Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System named Joseph “Joe” Fox as its new executive director. Fox will begin Nov. 1.

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Car smashes Ten Commandments statue, man detained (access required)

By Sean Murphy Associated Press Authorities took a man into custody Friday after they say he admitted driving a car onto the Oklahoma Capitol grounds overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces.

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Public workers sue to stop bill to end pensions (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — A group of public employees is suing to stop a new law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature this year to end the traditional pension retirement for newly hired state workers.

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Use it or lose it: Debate focuses on property rights rules vs. water conservation (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record Do Oklahoma’s property rights rules deter water conservation? The answer depends on one’s perspective.

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News recap for Oct. 23, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

News recap for Oct. 23, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing)

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Study looks at how state pays for 911 service (access required)

By Marie Price The Journal Record Latimer County and its 11,000 southeastern Oklahoma residents found themselves in dire straits several months ago. There was no operational 911 emergency system.

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OSDE approves billion dollar budget request, includes teacher pay raises (access required)

By Emily Summars Journal Record Legislative Report State Superintendent Janet Barresi said Thursday the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s fiscal year 2016 budget request has two major items: teacher pay raises and additional instruction days.

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Corrections board approves request for correctional officer pay increase (access required)

By Emily Summars Journal Record Legislative Report The Oklahoma Board of Corrections approved the Department of Corrections’ $555.4 million fiscal year 2016 budget request Thursday.

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