New I-40 Crosstown may be ready for traffic by end of April (access required)

The final mainline paving contract for the I-40 Crosstown project was approved by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Monday, for the key downtown span from Western Ave. to just west of Byers. Completion is expected around the end of April of ...

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State officials back Coburn and Lankford in proposal to opt out of federal highway funding program (access required)

State officials are on board with a proposal announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and U.S. Rep. James Lankford that would allow states to opt out of federal highway and mass transit programs, providing flexibility to the states to ...

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Roberts court expands Free Speech, narrows reach of Establishment Clause claims (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has been quite friendly to free speech claims, particularly during its most recent session, but has been more limiting in its approach to religion-based claims under the Establishment Clause, says constitutional ...

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State education board adopts new rules reflecting repeal of trial de novo for fired teachers (access required)

Members of the State Board of Education approved new emergency rules Thursday reflecting legislation that repealed the trial de novo process for terminated career teachers. Under trial de novo, a teacher could appeal his or her termination directly to district ...

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AG Pruitt launches investigation into handling of state pension system foreign investments (access required)

At least one venue for the next round of pension reform in Oklahoma may be in the courtroom. Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Thursday that he is launching an investigation into claims of potential fraud in how returns on foreign ...

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Delaying redistricting lawsuit until post-2012 elections not legally supportable, court told (access required)

It would be legally insupportable and logically and ethically unsound to delay a lawsuit challenging the state Senate redistricting plan until after the 2012 elections a Senate leader recommends, Sen. Jim Wilson’s attorney says in a legal filing with the ...

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Federal disaster declaration issued for 74 Oklahoma counties (access required)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a disaster declaration Wednesday covering 74 Oklahoma counties affected by drought and wildfires, in response to a request from Gov. Mary Fallin. The declaration covers all but Nowata, Craig and Ottawa counties. The governor ...

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Conversation starter: Laws Keep Ex-Offenders from Finding Work, Experts Say (access required)

By Rabiah Alicia Burks American Bar Association News Service July 26, 2011 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today heard from legal experts that people with arrest and conviction records face legal barriers when seeking employment, and that ...

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