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Picking and choosing: Hiring freeze helps Fallin reshape government, professor says (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record Hiring restrictions on state agencies aren’t new to state workers. Yet the most recent changes may allow Gov. Mary Fallin to selectively reshape the government, said Keith Gaddie, University of Oklahoma political science professor.

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State loses No Child Left Behind waiver; Barresi says federal denial means that 90 percent of schools will have to spend federal funds on improvement programs (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report Federal officials notified the State Department of Education Thursday that Oklahoma’s waiver from 13 No Child Left Behind regulations will not be extended because the state did not obtain an ...

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$100 million rail-crossing safety initiative launched by state to address deficiencies in more than 300 crossings (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report In 2013, eight people were killed and 13 injured in accidents at rail line crossings in Oklahoma, up to two-thirds of which lack flashing lights, gates and cross arms. To ...

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Authority takes first steps in $120 million bond plan to repair, upgrade Capitol building (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report Chaired by Gov. Mary Fallin, members of the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority voted Monday to allow the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to spend up to $750,000 for preliminary ...

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Fire departments, schools again in line for surplus DOD equipment (access required)

(JRLR) Surplus equipment programs shut down earlier this year due to disagreement over the application of federal air pollution regulations to certain military engines is being fully restored, drawing praise from Oklahoma officials on Thursday.

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