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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.

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‘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.

‘Bill of Rights’ gives some Oklahoma parents final say on child’s upbringing, but not everyone

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Senate has unanimously approved a measure aimed at giving parents the final say on how best to raise their children.

House Bill 1384, by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Sally Kern, is known as the “Parents Bill of Rights.”

It allows parents to have the right to make final decisions about their children’s education, religious training and medical and mental health care.

The authors said a recent case in Boston is an example of the government trying to override parents’ decisions.

15-year-old Justina Pelletier was taken forcibly from her parents after they took her to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Playoff Tickets: OKC Thunder headed to playoffs, score your tickets here

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s that time of the year again and Oklahoma City is gearing up for the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the first two games of Round 1 beginning this weekend.

The first game at Chesapeake Energy Arena will take place on either Saturday or Sunday.

TICKETS: Get OKC Thunder playoff tickets here

Tickets for the first two games are on sale now.

Officials say ticket quantities are extremely limited and will only be available online through Ticketmaster from a link on the Thunder’s website.

Tickets will be restricted to residents in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska based on credit card billing addresses.

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Defense attorney still concerned with execution drugs

OKLAHOMA CITY - Will we finally see an end in the court battles over execution drugs this month?

Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced in the News Channel Four studios Friday that the state found manufactured versions of all of the lethal injection drugs.

They’ll be used to kill Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner this month.

The move will mean the state will not have to use compounding pharmacies to create the drugs.

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Earlier this month, the executions were delayed due to a court battle surrounding the effectiveness of the drugs.

At that point, the state was going to use a compounding pharmacy to create the three-drug cocktail and refused to release the name of the company in an effort to protect pharmacists from threats.

Hungry? Local restaurants offer freebies, discounts today for Tax Day

In honor of Tax Day, April 15, many companies are offering some pretty incredible discounts and freebies.

Some great local deals include:

Arby’s - This fast food chain is offering a free snack-sized curly fry all day on Tuesday.  Make sure you grab your coupon and take advantage of this deal!

Office Depot – Bring in this coupon and Office Depot will shred up to five pounds of paper for free.

Metro’s public transportation to receive makeover

OKLAHOMA CITY – The metro’s public transportation system is making some changes.

On April 28, METRO Transit will be known as EMBARK.

According to reports, along with the name change, METRO Transit will launch system-wide service enhancements including new schedules and route alignments.