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“We will never forget” Oklahomans gather to remember 19 years after bombing

Our state will pause to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing this weekend.

Oklahomans will never forget the day 19 years ago, April 19, 1995.

Before the anniversary is marked Saturday, volunteers are preparing their own tribute Friday.

Oklahoma Christian University students and staff are posting 168 Oklahoma and U.S. flags on the school’s front lawn.

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” is a dual tribute to those affected by the bombing of the Murrah federal building 19 years ago and to those in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Oklahoma Christian is also one of the only sites in the world to have Survivor Trees grown from seeds from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Petition expressing “no confidence” in state Superintendent gains thousands of signatures

OKLAHOMA CITY – Leaders, educators, and parents are teaming up to voice their opinions on Oklahoma’s State Superintendent.

Leaders of the state’s associations representing school administrators and suburban school administrators joined the rally cry of over 10,000 of parents, community leaders, and public school supporters have declared they have no confidence in Oklahoma’s State Superintendent Janet Costello Barresi.

This past March, a parent group in Yukon launched the website www.NoOnBarresi.com to start a petition for people to express their lack of confidence in Janet Barresi’s ability to function as Superintendent.

Executive Directors of Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration commented on the petition that has gathered over 10,000 signatures.

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Hospice managers charged with Medicare fraud for falsifying records

CHANDLER, Okla. – A hospice and two of its managers could face prison time for Medicare fraud.

Authorities say 38-year-old Paula Kluding, 42-year-old Patricia Carter and Prairie View Hospice face a total of 39 counts of Medicare fraud.

The hospice is accused of concealing the true medical conditions of hospice patients in order to pass a Medicare audit and obtain federal money.

Nursing notes were also allegedly falsified to make patients’ health appear worse than it really was.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek is having its next race on May 31, 2014. Located in Judsonia, Arkansas, this permanent 8K obstacle challenge course features more than 30 obstacles—including a 60 foot water slide—along a five mile stretch of mud, sweat and adventure. Located on more than 480 beautiful acres, this challenging course and timed race event provides a unique experience for runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. MUD MAYhem promises to be even more adventure-filled with added obstacles and mud inducing challenges.

Oklahoma educators and lawmakers disagree over banning social study testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma educators are expressing their concerns about the proposed state legislation that would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. History.

According to reports, Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven.

This U.S. history end-of-instruction exam would remain in place in high school.  However, that assessment only covers standards that encompass history following the Civil War.

‘That is disappointing,’ State leaders split over bill that bans cities from setting their own minimum wage

OKLAHOMA CITY – As national leaders fight over whether the government should raise the minimum wage, state leaders are taking matters into their own hands to keep all towns in Oklahoma on the same page.

According to the Tulsa World, Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed a measure that bars cities and towns from increasing the minimum wage above the state rate.

Currently, the state’s minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour.

Fallin said, “Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.”

Minimum wage has become a national topic of debate.