Pruitt files brief in scholarship case

Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Attorney General Scott Pruitt

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Tuesday announced the filing of a brief in the Oklahoma Supreme Court defending the Lindsey Nicole Henry scholarship fund.

The Lindsey Nicole Henry Act established a scholarship fund for parents of disabled children to receive scholarship money to send their children to a private K-12 school.

The scholarships must be used at one of more than 50 participating schools, some of which, but not all, are sectarian. The brief, filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday, seeks to reverse the ruling of a district court that disallowed the scholarship fund to be used at sectarian schools merely because they are sectarian.

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Text ban while driving signed

Governor Mary Fallin, joined by family members of Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch, signs HB1965.

Governor Mary Fallin, was joined by family members of Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch.

Governor Mary Fallin today signed House Bill 1965, making it illegal to text and drive in Oklahoma. HB 1965 makes texting while driving a primary offense, meaning law officers will be able to pull over anyone who is texting while operating a vehicle. The penalty will be $100.

The governor, during her State of the State address earlier this year, called on lawmakers to pass a texting while driving ban.

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American response to loss of ObamaCare subsidies

HealthcareSurgery1This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court could, in King v. Burwell, uninsure 8 million Americans by finding that subsidies are illegal outside State Exchanges.

Some Republicans are saying “Let it burn.” For Democrats, it’s “ObamaCare or nothing.” Can you detect a difference? How about an American, rather than a partisan response? One that is voluntary and constitutional.

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ISIS attacks Texas

FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Monday

FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Monday

Multiple news outlets are reporting today that Federal agents are searching an apartment in Phoenix in an investigation into a shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue that was hosting a contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Police officers shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday night. The security officer was wounded in the shooting.

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Tulsa jail expansion underway

Illustration provided

Illustrations provided

Tulsa County officials and representatives of the county Sheriff’s Office and Mental Health Association Oklahoma gathered on April 20 for the groundbreaking of the Tulsa Jail expansion.

Designed by Dewberry, the 43,000-square-foot expansion includes the addition of a mental health unit containing two pods along the north side of the site and a general population unit containing two pods extending to the northwest. The project is set to begin construction only one year after voters approved the bond.

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