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April 2, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Okla. Senate approves Common Core repeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has voted to repeal a set of education standards for math and English that more than 40 states have adopted and replace them with new ones that will be developed by the State Board of Education.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-10 on Tuesday for the bill repealing the standards over the objections of some Democrats who argued it is a political decision to roll back Common Core, which has faced fierce resistance from grassroots conservative groups.

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Republican Sen. Josh Brecheen of Coalgate who says it would direct the Board of Education to work with higher education and career and technology officials to adopt new, rigorous standards by Aug. 1, 2015.

 

A. G. reveals drugs to be used

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten days after increasing the number of ways in which Oklahoma can carry out executions, lawyers for the state say they’ll execute two men this month with a combination of drugs never used in the state.

Lawyers for the state and for inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner said Tuesday the executioner will inject the men with the sedative midazolam, plus pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, which paralyzes victims and stops the heart.

Lockett and Warner had sued to learn more about the drugs and a judge ruled last week they had a right to know. 

Amid a shortage of execution drugs, the state revised its protocols 10 days ago so the Corrections Department would have more options. Warner’s lawyer says Florida has used the new Oklahoma combination.

 

Gasoline prices up slightly in past week

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for a gallon of self-serve gasoline in Oklahoma is up slightly from last week but may be near its peak.

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