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Tulsa, OK – SPERRY, Okla. (AP) A judge says Sperry Public Schools must issue a diploma to a Vietnamese exchange student. Sperry's school board had voted against making an exception in the 18-year-old students' case. But the Oklahoma Education Code says students who transfer from out of state after junior year can't be denied the opportunity to receive a diploma because of differing graduation requirements.
Oklahoma City, OK – Report: Oklahoma 49th in education funding
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A national report says Oklahoma ranks 49th among the states and the District of Columbia in per-pupil expenditures but is 27th in the number of students enrolled in public schools.
The annual report was issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. It reflects enrollment and school revenues and expenditures for each state and the District of Columbia as of the 2007-08 school year.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a $6.67 billion appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year that cuts most state agency budgets by about 7 percent.
The Senate on Friday voted 42-5 for the measure, which now heads to the House for final consideration.
The budget bill was the result of months of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Brad Henry and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature, who grappled with how to fill a $1.2 billion deficit.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) An armed robbery and shooting at a Tulsa restaurant has left one man dead and police say they've arrested one man in the case.
Police say three men entered the back door of the Rib Crib about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after the restaurant was closed and opened fire on three employees who were inside. Police say the victim was shot several times and was dead at the scene.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa city Council says no to a 120-thousand dollar budget amendment to pay salaries in the salaries in the mayor's office.
City Councilor Jack Henderson says the mayor's office is no different than other departments when it comes to cut backs. He says when budgets were trimmed earlier this year, other departments were not given the chance to transfer money around. Councilor Bill Christiansen said "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."