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February 25, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Okla. public workers’ group to fight pension bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that represents public workers in Oklahoma is issuing a call to action to its members and urging them to oppose measures to change the retirement system for newly hired state employees.

Oklahoma Public Employees Association Executive Director Sterling Zearley said Monday the group opposes bills in both the House and Senate that would switch new workers from the traditional defined-benefit pension to a 401(k)-style defined contribution retirement system.

Zearley says he’s been working with legislators for several years to get a pay increase for state workers, which is unlikely to happen this year because of budget constraints. He says state workers are not willing to take away the pension for new hires without an agreement to substantially increase salaries.

 

Name released of woman who died in jail cell

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County authorities have released the name of a woman who died in a county jail cell.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Meghan McCormick said Monday that 36-year-old Rebekah Reed was found unresponsive in the cell about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. McCormick says Reed was brought to the jail by Moore police who had arrested her on a city warrant.

McCormick says Reed was checked by the jail’s medical staff and found her to be fit before she was placed in the cell. 

McCormick says there were no visible injuries to the woman and that her body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

 

Oklahoma water officials announce public meetings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State water officials have announced a series of public meetings across the state on various water conservation plans designed to mitigate water use over the next 50 years.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board, which is hosting the meetings, announced the dates Monday. They will be held March 11 at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus in Goodwell, March 12 at the Quartz Mountain Resort near Altus, and March 13 at the Simmons Center in Duncan. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

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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.

    April 17, 2014

  • Storm scavengers could face felony charges

    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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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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    March 20, 2014

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