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4 dead as severe storms hit Houston, TX; Election Protection Program eases access to voting information; surge in solar installations eases energy costs for Missourians; IN makes a splash for Safe Boating Week.

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The Supreme Court rules funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is okay, election deniers hold key voting oversight positions in swing states, and North Carolina lawmakers vote to ban people from wearing masks in public.

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Americans are buying up rubber ducks ahead of Memorial Day, Nebraskans who want residential solar have a new lifeline, seven community colleges are working to provide students with a better experience, and Mississippi's "Big Muddy" gets restoration help.

Oklahoma

The U.S. teaching workforce remains primarily white while the percentage of Black teachers has declined. However, the percentage of Asian and Latino teachers is rising. (Seventyfour/Adobestock)
OK teacher shortage prompts calls for better funding

Education advocates calling on lawmakers to increase funding for programs to combat the teacher shortage. Nationwide, 37% of schools report being …

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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has conducted chronic wasting disease monitoring on hunter-harvested deer and elk as well as road-killed deer since 1999. A measure pending in Congress would allow biologists to track and share information on lethal wildlife diseases more effectively. (Adobe Stock)
$42.5 million would track lethal OK wildlife disease

Wildlife advocates are calling on Congress to pass a bill to help states track diseases killing wildlife across the country. House Resolution 6765 …

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Tony DeSha, executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, said other states have adopted laws to punish firms and companies for their ESG stances. (Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
'Our issue is with politicizing a pension,' says one OK nonprofit

An Oklahoma pensioner has taken the state to court and filed a motion for a temporary injunction over a state law some said targets financial firms fo…

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In Oklahoma, 21% of children lived in poverty in 2021. (Irina K./Adobe Stock)
Report Ranks OK Among Worst in Child Well-Being

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 4…

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