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Former OETA Tulsa studio is first property to be sold under state asset-reduction/cost-savings program (access required)

After a sealed-bid auction last month, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority’s former Tulsa studio is being sold for $130,000 as the first underutilized state property to be disposed of under a state asset-reduction/cost-savings program backed by House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

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Capitol week in review (March 11-15), Part 2: OETA safe for now? (access required)

After this week’s pitched battle in the House over the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which resulted in the defeat of HB 2218 to phase out OETA’s state funding, it appears the public television network’s appropriation is safe for now.

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Do you like your ‘Big Bird’ original or extra-crispy? (access required)

He’s about eight-feet tall with bright yellow feathers, but a major Sesame Street character apparently has a lot of admirers in the state House—and by the end of one of the more passionate debates of a contentious week Thursday, he ...

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Senate rules panel excises intent language from firearm, OETA funding cut measures (access required)

Two measures addressing firearm licenses and the Second Amendment were considerably lighter after they left the Senate Rules Committee Wednesday morning, after the panel deleted legislative intent language as authorized under a new rule.

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OETA seeking 52.6 percent appropriation increase; new director declines to reveal foundation salary (access required)

The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, whose continued existence as a state-funded entity is opposed by some legislators, is requesting a 52.6 percent appropriation increase for FY 2013, part of which would be used for increased Capitol and legislative coverage.

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