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Oklahoma lawmakers mull new taxes to end teacher strike

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/06/18, 11:40 am

Oklahoma lawmakers returned to the state Capitol for a rare Friday session to consider two bills designed to end a weeklong teachers strike over education funding. One bill would impose a tax on some internet sales, while the other would expand tribal gambling to include games with a ball or dice. Both measures could raise as much as $40 million in new revenue.

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Oklahoma teachers latest to strike over pay demands

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/03/18, 11:03 am

Oklahoma teachers continued their strike into a second day Tuesday, forcing three of the state’s largest school districts to close. As parents of students in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Edmond scrambled to find somewhere for their children to go during the day, churches and other groups offered free day care, and some schools offered free meals. Teacher frustration boiled over last week after Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill giving them a 15 to 18 percent raise. The striking educators are demanding more.

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Accidental shooting kills one student at Alabama high school

by Leigh Jones
Posted 3/08/18, 10:34 am

One student died and another suffered injuries Wednesday in what Alabama police are calling an accidental shooting. Administrators at one of the largest high schools in Birmingham are trying to figure out why the campus metal detectors failed to prevent the gun from coming into the building. Investigators have not offered details about the incident, except to say they do not have any evidence of a fight or dispute leading up to the shooting at Huffman High School just as classes let out for the day.

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