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  1. Senate approves $125M in bonds for Capitol repairsRead the original story

    May 26, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Renovations to the Oklahoma Capitol will reach $245 million after the Senate gave final approval on Thursday to a second bond issue to complete repairs to the nearly 100-year-old building. The bill , approved on a 30-16 vote, authorizes the sale of $125 million in bonds.

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  2. Senate passes $6.8B budgetRead the original story

    May 25, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a $6.8 billion budget proposal to fund state government over the objections of members who say it relies too much on one-time sources of revenue that won't be available the following year. The Senate voted 30-16 for the budget bill and sent it to the House, where there is bipartisan opposition but leaders are optimistic they have enough votes to pass it.

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  3. Making StridesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 10, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Silo golfer Khord Vining qualified and participated in the Class 2A state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at Arrowhead Golf Course in Canadian. He was the first Rebel golfer in history to reach the state tourney.

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  4. Education cuts prompt revolt, despairRead the original story

    May 5, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student. But even many long-suffering Oklahoma educators and parents are revolting over the latest round of proposed cuts amid the state's worst-ever budget crisis.

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  5. House panel OKs open carry without permit, trainingRead the original story

    May 4, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Oklahoma residents age 21 and up could openly carry guns without a license, training or background checks under legislation that a House committee gave preliminary approval to on Wednesday. The House Conference Committee on Public Safety passed the bill, of which different versions have already been approved in both chambers, prompting the formation of the committees to resolve disagreements.

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  6. Human Services warns of layoffs, service cutsRead the original story

    Apr 22, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Oklahoma's Department of Human Services warned stakeholders Friday of catastrophic cuts to programs and services for vulnerable residents, the possible closures of county offices and more employee layoffs amid the state's budget crisis. In a letter sent Friday to employees and contractors, DHS Director Ed Lake says the agency already is grappling with an estimated $150 million hole in its upcoming budget from a combination of anticipated state cuts, increased costs and dwindling federal funds.

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  7. Higher education reports 11 percent funding dropRead the original story

    Apr 21, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Public funding for higher education in Oklahoma has dropped 11 percent this year, state regents reported Thursday at a meeting in which college and university presidents asked the Legislature to forego more steep cuts in next year's budget. The state's higher education system spending is down $112 million from last fiscal year after a series of statewide general revenue failures and declines in oil-and-gas production taxes slashed funds that benefit public education, according to a financial report the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved Thursday.

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  8. Boren says penny sales tax will easily make November ballotRead the original story

    Mar 28, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Oklahoma voters are deeply concerned about funding for public education as evidenced by their overwhelming willingness to sign a petition for a vote on a one-cent sales tax in November, University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Monday. Supporters nearing the midpoint of a 90-day window for gathering about 123,000 signatures needed to place the question already have gathered more than 200,000 signatures, Boren said.

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  9. Education standards showdown fizzlesRead the original story

    Mar 24, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    A potential showdown in the Legislature over whether to approve new education standards for math and English fizzled Wednesday when the House and Senate adjourned for the week without considering a final bill. As a result, state education officials say the new standards developed over the last two years will take effect by default this week since lawmakers took no action to stop or change them.

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  10. Lawmakers refuse to disclose schedulesRead the original story

    Mar 14, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    The clear purpose of Oklahoma's Open Records Act is to ensure citizens can review government records to help them exercise their "inherent political power." But when it comes to the Oklahoma Legislature - not so much.

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  11. Gay rights bills defeatedRead the original story

    Mar 14, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Gay rights advocates in Oklahoma on Monday celebrated the demise of more than two dozen bills in the Oklahoma Legislature this year that they say unfairly discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. All 27 bills that were targeted as discriminatory against the constitutional rights of LGBT people failed to advance after a key deadline passed last week, said Troy Stevens, director of the gay rights group Freedom Oklahoma.

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  12. Officials warn cuts could affect programs for poorRead the original story

    Mar 7, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    The officials who run Oklahoma's state agencies say they are running out of ways to insulate core programs from major budget cuts after steep mid-year revenue failures and an expected $1.3 billion shortfall next year. At risk are services to the poor, the disabled, the elderly and children.

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  13. College presidents brace for education cutsRead the original story

    Mar 3, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Oklahoma college and university presidents implored the Legislature on Thursday to minimize the impact of revenue declines on the state's higher education system, which has seen a 7.5 percent decline in appropriations since last fiscal year. The state's higher education system lost $74 million in appropriations since the 2015 fiscal year because of repeated shortfalls in the state budget, system Chancellor Glen Johnson reported at the state regents meeting.

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  14. Plan to rewrite budget failsRead the original story

    Feb 21, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Gov. Mary Fallin's suggestion that lawmakers redraft the current fiscal year state budget plan to ease funding cuts to priority areas like public schools and overcrowded prisons fell flat in the Senate, where leaders say they prefer across-the-board reductions to agency budgets. Because collections to the state treasury have fallen well below expectations amid a slump in energy prices, state finance officials in January ordered mandatory 3 percent cuts to state agencies for the last six months of the current fiscal year.

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  15. Teachers winners, smokers losers in budget proposalRead the original story

    Feb 2, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Fallin wants $178.4 million to fund $3,000 annual raises for public school teachers. Local districts would also be allowed to use local tax dollars to enhance salaries and benefits, freeing up $200 million currently dedicated to other purposes.

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  16. Oklahoma Southeast District Hoop ShootRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2016 | Durant Daily Democrat

    Boys 8-9 L to R: Keith Cook of Ada 1st, Noah Foris of McAlester 2nd, Ryder Jones of Durant 3rd, Dylan Walden of Okmulgee 4th and Easton Edmoson of Shawnee 5th. Boys 8-9 L to R: Keith Cook of Ada 1st, Noah Foris of McAlester 2nd, Ryder Jones of Durant 3rd, Dylan Walden of Okmulgee 4th and Easton Edmoson of Shawnee 5th.

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