Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  National, Oklahoma, Regulations  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Watchdog.org
Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth.
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Despite media hype, Tennessee liberals benefit from out-of-state money

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  News, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Reporters from Tennessee’s four largest newspapers used a slew of catch phrases in stories about out-of-state money influencing state politics.

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Education week-in-review: Ghost teachers and the ghost of Jim Crow

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From taxpayer-funded ghosts in Philadelphia to a flawed study trying to scare people by invoking the ghost of Jim Crow, it’s been a frighteningly busy week in education.

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OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Education, Free Speech, News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

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Were suspicious test scores investigated in Oklahoma?

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Education, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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In 2012, then-Oklahoma State School Superintendent Janet Barresi vowed to look into suspicious test scores in Tulsa and three other school districts – a pattern similar to the cheating scandal in Atlanta, where last week several educators received prison terms for racketeering convictions.

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Taxpayer money fights booze, tobacco while backing liquor, cigarette stores

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Colorado, Federal Government, Finances, Misuse of funds, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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States spent about $38 million last year fighting tobacco addiction, and tobacco use costs the economy $289 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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