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A cleaner footprint: State could face major changes to clear the air (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record The price of clean air could bring major changes to the state’s utility systems. State agencies are grappling with how to reduce air pollution from Oklahoma’s power plants. Environmental and utility regulatory agencies must work together to figure out how to do so. Proposed federal clean air rules could force Oklahoma to cut its air pollution rate by …

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Authorization of Okla. Capitol repair bonds begins (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state’s nearly century-old Capitol. Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on …

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Two US House members to campaign for Douglas (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Two Republican members of U.S. House of Representatives are coming to Oklahoma City to support Patrice Douglas in her GOP runoff race. Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri and Diane Black of Tennessee are to join Douglas on Friday for an event at Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City. Douglas faces former state Sen. Steve Russell in Tuesday’s …

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News recap for Aug. 21, 2014 (same-day compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

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Workers’ Comp Commission expands chairman’s power (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report By the time he left Thursday’s meeting of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chairman Troy Wilson had considerably more authority than he had before the session convened.

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Racing commission: Funding cuts jeopardizing $20 million in revenue for state (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Reporter Funding for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission has been slashed so much over the past several years that the agency is in danger of becoming unable to perform its mandated functions, officials said Thursday.

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Outgunned Democrats stick to middle ground in 5th District race (access required)

By M. Scott Carter The Journal Record  Outgunned by more than $1 million, the two Democratic candidates for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District seat said they are making up the difference with a retail-style, face-to-face campaign strategy.

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Child Protection Program to close at end of year due to reduced funding (access required)

By Emily Summars Journal Record Legislative Report The Child Protection Program that provides evaluations, treatment and testimony in child abuse cases is out of funding and will stop providing services at year’s end, District Attorneys Council Chairman Chris Ross said today.

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Oklahoma mines dept. receives mining safety grant (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)— The Oklahoma Department of Mines has been chosen to receive a nearly $108,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mining Safety and Health Administration.

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NJ Gov. Christie visits OKC with Gov. Fallin (access required)

By Tim Talley Associated Press Republican Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on Wednesday in a visit that Fallin’s Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 general election said politicized the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

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