OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring "no confidence" in Barresi. She is facing two Republican primary opponents in her re-election campaign this year, and four Democrats also have filed for the seat.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says critical state education and transportation needs coupled with declining tax revenue means the timing is not right to pass an income tax cut this year. Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Oklahoma City made the comments shortly after the House adjourned yesterday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Three bills intended to toughen Oklahoma's human trafficking laws have been approved by the state House. Lawmakers voted without opposition for a bill by Republican Representative Pam Peterson of Tulsa that ensures provisions of the Sex Offender Registration Act apply to people convicted of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The bills now return to the Senate.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A hospice in Chandler, its owner and the general manager have been charged in a 39-count federal indictment with defrauding Medicare. U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats said yesterday that Prairie View Hospice, owner Paula Kluding and manager Patricia Carter are each charged with conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit, and making false statements in health care matter.
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