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Shifting the debate: Edmond quake could bring policy decision home to leaders (access required)

By Dale Denwalt The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – Most of Oklahoma’s earthquakes rattle rural homes far from the political and commercial epicenter of the state. Tuesday morning’s quake, however, struck at the heart of an affluent, more politically conscious ...

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As States Attempt To Close Their Borders, Oklahoma Stays Open To Syrian Refugees (access required)

In the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday, legislators and governors across the country are weighing in on the Syrian refugee crisis. Many governors have begun to issue executive orders and pursue legal options to close their ...

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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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