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Providing essential resources to schools without the financial burden (Guest post: Sarah Julian)

Sarah Julian is the Director of Communications for the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). On July 16, the OPSRC is hosting an open house for anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization. You can register at http://nwea.us/OkieEdOPSRC.

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Flexible workplaces are good for Maine workers and Maine’s economy

Workplace flexibility policies would benefit Maine’s working families and its large population of senior workers as well as its economy. Workplace flexibility means the acceptance of adjustments to the 9-5, 40 hour in-office work week, and could include accommodations like: flexible hours; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; job sharing; telecommuting. Maine legislators should consider legislative initiatives either to establish such policies or to incentivize employers to take the initial leap toward increased flexibility.

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Newest Health Insurance Customers Are Generally Happy

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Newest Health Insurance Customers Are Generally Happy

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New York Times

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Quote of the Day 7/10/2014

“We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. We cannot support the unfettered exchange of goods and ideas while building razor-wired walls that separate children from their parents. We cannot make America stronger and more prosperous by excluding tomorrow’s talent and industry.”
- Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating arguing in favor of compassionate immigration reform in the L.A. Times (Source: http://lat.ms/1lVRR7o)

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In The Know: Oklahoma City sees surge in low-wage jobs

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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3 takeaways from NC’s budget brouhaha (w/video)

If you’re trying to get up to speed on this week’s colorful and cantankerous state budget negotiations, here are three quick takeaways: Governor Pat McCrory is ‘disappointed’ with the Senate after Tuesday’s walkout, and McCrory thinks the Senate’s 11% pay raise for teachers is ‘not realistic‘ House members are willing to give up on expanding ...

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1,712

Number of utility-scale wind turbines in Oklahoma as of 2013.
Source: American Wind Energy Association
The post 1,712 appeared first on Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Big Data and Big Money

Out for a run the other day along a stretch on a busy road, I saw a "for sale" sign on a house. That got me to wondering about the downsides of living on a busy road, and further wondering: do people who live on busy roads stay in their houses for shorter periods of time than people on quiet streets? Is real estate turnover higher on busy roads?

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Top North Carolina news, USA Today style

The complimentary USA Today that hotels give to their guests has this as the only news about North Carolina in their  State-by-State news section this morning. The Wildlife Resources Commission would like anyone who spots a wild turkey through Aug. 31 to enter it into an online database. Apparently nothing else is going on in ...

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