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  • Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

    Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel's controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts "unacceptable."

    May 25, 2014

  • Campus-related gun rampages not unprecedented

    A gunman went on a nighttime rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, that killed six people and left seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. Deputies found the gunman dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

    Here is a look at some of the worst shootings on or near college campuses in recent years:

    June 7, 2013: Five people are killed and several others are wounded when John Zawahri, 23, shoots his father and brother and then shoots at strangers in cars and at Santa Monica College, where students were taking final exams. Zawahri is fatally shot by officers in the college library in Santa Monica, California.

    April 2, 2012: Seven people are killed and three are injured when a 43-year-old former student opens fire at a tiny Christian school, Oikos University, in Oakland, California, according to authorities. One Goh was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder but is being held at a Northern California mental hospital after psychiatric evaluations concluded last year that he suffers from long-term paranoid schizophrenia and is unfit to stand trial.

    May 24, 2014

  • Oklahoma Legislature ends 2014 session a week early

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned the 2014 session Friday, one week before a constitutionally mandated deadline. Here are several of the major pieces of legislation lawmakers approved this year. Five of the measures still require Gov. Mary Fallin's signature.

    — State budget: This omnibus state budget bill appropriates $7.1 billion to fund the state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The bill spends about $102 million less than the current budget but still boosts funding for public schools by $80 million. Most agencies will receive cuts averaging 5.5 percent. The bill also includes funding for pay raises for targeted state workers in the public safety, child welfare and health care fields. Senate Bill 2127. Awaiting governor's signature.

    — Drilling tax incentive: Supported by the oil and gas industry, the bill increases the 1 percent tax rate for horizontally drilled gas wells to 2 percent for the first three years of a well's production, while dropping the rate for traditional vertical wells from 7 percent to 2 percent. Had legislators taken no action, the subsidy would have expired in July 2015 and the rate for all oil and gas production would have returned to 7 percent. House Bill 2562. Awaiting governor's signature.

    — Reading standards: Modifies the state's Reading Sufficiency Act to allow a team that includes parents, teachers and administrators to decide whether a student should advance to the fourth grade, even if the student scores "unsatisfactory" on a state reading test. Fallin vetoed the measure, saying it sets students up for failure by advancing them without proper reading skills, but the Legislature voted to override her veto. House Bill 2625.

    May 24, 2014

  • OK House passes last-minute abortion bill

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would impose strict new state regulations on abortion providers in Oklahoma is heading to the governor's desk.

    May 24, 2014

  • OK Legislature axes Common Core, approves Capitol repairs

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned the 2014 legislative session on Friday after giving final approval to several hotly debated items, including a $120 million bond issue to renovate the state Capitol and a bill to repeal the set of education standards known as Common Core.

    May 24, 2014

  • D.A.s, judges get pay hikes on last day of session

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given its approval to a measure authorizing pay raises of up to 6 percent for district attorneys and judges across the state.

    The resolution approved Friday rejects pay raises for judges on Oklahoma's appellate courts and for statewide elected officials like the governor and attorney general. The measure now heads to the governor for final approval.

    May 23, 2014

  • OK lawmakers kill Common Core standards

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has voted overwhelmingly to repeal standards for math and English instruction that more than 40 states have adopted and to replace them with standards developed by the state.

    The House voted 71-18 Friday to reject the Common Core standards. The Senate then passed the bill 31-10 and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.

    Supporters say it prohibits the federal government from having authority over state education standards.

    May 23, 2014

  • Senate defeats Fallin's shelter plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has killed a proposal backed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would have called for a statewide vote allowing some school districts to increase property taxes to pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms.

    The Senate voted 25-16 on Friday against the plan that had narrowly passed the House a day earlier.

    May 23, 2014

  • Senate defeats Fallin's school shelter plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has killed a proposal backed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would have called for a statewide vote allowing some school districts to increase property taxes to pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms.

    May 23, 2014

  • Fallin-backed storm shelter bill resurrected

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House reversed itself Thursday night and narrowly passed a plan it had earlier defeated to help school districts pay for safety upgrades such as storm shelters and safe rooms.

    House members voted 51-39 for the plan supported by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. It takes a minimum of 51 votes to pass a bill in the 101-member House. House members had defeated the proposal hours earlier by a bipartisan vote of 61-34. The measure now heads to the Senate.

    Among the legislators who changed their vote to support the shelter bill was State Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan. State Reps. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, and Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, voted against the measure again.

    May 23, 2014

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
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