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News Recap for Jan. 23, 2015 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

News Recap for Jan. 23, 2015 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing)

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Liberated water: Bill would allow municipal wells on prison lan (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record State Rep. Bobby Cleveland is trying to help his constituents secure a reliable water supply. There is groundwater underneath the Lexington prison property, and the local rural water district has money to drill a well. But negotiating water rights with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections could be tricky, Cleveland said.

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Packing politicos: Bill would let legislators carry guns in Capitol (access required)

By Marie Price The Journal Record Legislators would be allowed to carry firearms anywhere in Oklahoma under a bill filed by state Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro. They would be required to complete a handgun qualification course.

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Shirley is secretary of education and workforce development (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has named Natalie Shirley secretary of education and workforce development.

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News recap for Jan. 21, 2015 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

News recap for Jan. 21, 2015 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing)

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Humane Society sues AG Pruitt (access required)

By Marie Price The Journal Record The Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The group is seeking an injunction to block the AG’s effort to gain access to HSUS documents, and accused him of abusing his power for political reasons.

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To thrive on the vine: Bill would move revolving fund for wine, grapes to Ag Department (access required)

By Brian Brus The Journal Record The state’s vintners are looking to new legislation to make better use of a revolving fund intended to support the local grape industry.

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A happy medium: Mediators can save clients’ money, ease their own lives (access required)

By Marie Price The Journal Record More than 1,000 people – from attorneys to HR directors and state agency managers to tribal officials – have gone through training at The Mediation Institute, operated by James Stovall.

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Fallin resists push for Medicaid expansion (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record A nonpartisan think tank’s top priority for improving Oklahomans’ health is likely not a political reality. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Academy recommended that the governor and Legislature accept federal money to expand Medicaid or Insure Oklahoma. However, other goals for mental health and substance abuse might gain traction.

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AG files workers’ compensation fraud charges against 2 men (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)— Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed workers’ compensation fraud charges in two separate cases.

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