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January 29, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Tulsa GOP businesswoman seeks to oust Barresi

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican businesswoman from Tulsa says she will take on State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi in the GOP primary in June.

Joy Hofmeister officially announced her candidacy Monday at the Tulsa Press Club.

An appointee of Gov. Mary Fallin to the State Board of Education, Hofmeister resigned her post last year to explore a potential run against Barresi. At least 20 Republican legislators have publicly endorsed Hofmeister’s campaign.

Hofmeister reported having about $200,000 in cash on hand at the end of September, the most recent report available. Barresi had about $150,000 at the end of the same period.

In a statement on Monday, Hofmeister criticized Barresi’s implementation of several education initiatives.

 

Okla. lawmakers seek more school sports oversight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The group that governs high school sports in Oklahoma would come under more legislative oversight under several bills being proposed for the upcoming legislative session.

Three state legislators announced plans on Monday for legislation targeting the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, which oversees extracurricular activities for nearly every junior high and high school in the state.

The bills would require the agency to comply with the state’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws, and give the Legislature oversight of their rulemaking process. One measure would also change the way the association handles appeals of player-eligibility cases. Staff decisions currently are appealed to the OSSAA’s board of directors, but the bill would require an administrative law judge to handle those cases.

A message left for an OSSAA spokeswoman wasn’t immediately returned.

 

USGS records 2.8-magnitude earthquake near Perry

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — No damage was reported after an earthquake hit near Perry late Sunday.

According to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey, the 2.8-magnitude quake struck at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The quake’s epicenter was 4 miles south-southwest of Perry and 16 miles west-northwest of Stillwater.

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  • Names released in fatal shooting

    The names of a Tulsa police officer and Tulsa County deputy involved in a shooting that killed a woman during the weekend have been released.

     

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  • Eight-month no tornado streak ends

    Oklahoma's eight-month streak without a tornado — the second-longest period since record-keeping began in 1950 — was snapped this weekend by a pair of suspected twister touchdowns, but the state's wild weather continued into Monday, blowing snow from the Panhandle to Tulsa and prompting overnight freeze warnings.

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    It wasn’t long after a devastating tornado hit Moore last year that scavengers were circling the wreckage. Already reeling, Moore residents had a new concern - fending off looters.

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  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large - a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

     

    April 17, 2014

  • Gov. Mary Fallin State-mandated minimum wage draws ire across Oklahoma

    Those seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma said they’re upset with Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

     

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Line 'em up Candidates face first election hurdle: Nabbing a good spot in line

    Max Wolfley spent Tuesday night napping in a hard metal folding chair in a hallway at the state Capitol with his 12-year-old son by his side.

     

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

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  • University, high school percussion ensembles to perform at SWOSU

    Southwestern Oklahoma State University will host the Oklahoma Percussion Festival this Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, on the Weatherford campus.

    April 2, 2014

  • State DAR leader to speak at Edmond

    Pat McFall, state regent of Oklahoma Daughters of the American Revolution, will present a program at the Monday, April 21, meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society at the Edmond Museum. Her program will cover researching the DAR.org website online and preparing applications for membership. 

     

    April 2, 2014

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