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March 18, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Satirical website wants papers from Okla. governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for the satirical news website The Lost Ogle are asking an Oklahoma County judge to force Gov. Mary Fallin to turn over documents the governor’s office claims are privileged.

In a motion for summary judgment filed on Monday, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union asked District Judge Barbara Swinton to order disclosure and the right of inspection to documents the governor is withholding from the public.

Through her general counsel, Steve Mullins, Fallin has said her office withheld 31 documents consisting of 100 pages of materials they maintain are “privileged” and therefore exempt from Oklahoma’s Open Records Act.

The Lost Ogle joined with several news organizations, including The Associated Press, in a request for documents from the governor’s office connected to the federal health care law.

 

Common Core 

protesters flood state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 200 opponents of a set of education standards in math and English known as Common Core are rallying at the Capitol and urging the Senate to pass a bill to repeal the standards.

Wearing green shirts that read “Common Core is not OK,” the group that included parents, teachers and students roamed the Senate halls and lobbied for the bill, which passed the House last week.

The Senate so far has thwarted attempts to delay or repeal the standards, which were adopted in Oklahoma in 2010 and are supported by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Superintendent Janet Barresi.

But there has been growing grassroots opposition to the standards, especially among conservatives who fear the standards represent a federal takeover of public education.

 

Court sides with Whataburger in hot gravy dispute

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has ruled a mother is not entitled to recover any damages after her 7-year-old daughter spilled hot gravy on her leg after buying a meal from a fast food restaurant’s drive-through window.

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