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December 5, 2013

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Oklahoma City — Fallin order supports common core

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order in support of education standards in math and English known as Common Core and says she hopes the order will ease fears that the standards represent a federal takeover of public education.

Fallin signed the executive order Wednesday. It states the federal government will have no input in the formulation of the standards and that the state will be responsible for deciding how to test student performance.

The standards were developed by the National Governors Association, which is currently chaired by Fallin. They have already been adopted in 45 states, including Oklahoma where there is growing opposition to them, especially among some conservative House legislators.

 

OKC council approves vacant building registry

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City will create a registry of abandoned buildings to try to reduce the negative impact they have on city neighborhoods. 

The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the proposal that will require owners to register most residences that have been vacant for more than 30 days, The Oklahoman reported in a story published Wednesday. 

There are more than 12,000 vacant and abandoned buildings in Oklahoma City, according to a study released earlier this year.

The study said run-down houses and commercial buildings push everyone’s property values down. It also found that owners of blighted properties pay an average of about $112 annually in taxes while owners of occupied homes paid more than $1,200. 

Commercial property managers and realtors voiced concerns about the proposal, and city councilors ultimately loosened some of the requirements for commercial buildings. 

Darla Cheek, of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, said the plan was “still very fuzzy.” Creek and others urged the council to defer action.

State Rep. Kay Floyd, a Democrat who represents near-northside neighborhoods, said the proposal had been improved in response to comments made at a public hearing last month.

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    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.

     

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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. 

     

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