OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has approved proposals for new or expanding poultry operations to be a certain distance away from homes and schools, but some eastern Oklahoma residents say they aren't enough. The board voted 3-2 Tuesday for the rules that include requirements that the operations with fewer than 150,000 birds be at least 500 feet from homes and those larger be at least 1,000 feet away.
CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) - No injuries were reported after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake shook parts of central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was reported at 12:08 p.m. Tuesday about 7 miles north-northeast of Chickasha, about 37 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The temblor was recorded at a depth of about 8 miles. No damage was immediately reported. Geologists say damage is unlikely in temblors below magnitude 4.0.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would use Medicaid expansion funds to boost Oklahoma's private-insurance subsidy program. Insure Oklahoma provides health coverage for low-income, working residents or Oklahomans who don't have employer-provided benefits. The measure would require the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state's Medicaid agency, to seek federal approval for a waiver to expand Insure Oklahoma. A Senate Committee approved the proposal Monday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has cleared a Senate committee. The Senate Education Committee voted 11-6 on Tuesday for the bill by Claremore Republican Sen. Marty Quinn. The bill now heads to the full Senate. According to the State Department of Education, 92 of Oklahoma's more than 500 school districts are currently operating on four-day school weeks.
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