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Shawnee residents forced out of mobile home park

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Dozens of Shawnee residents are soon to be without a home after finding out that their mobile home park is shutting down.

“Don’t have a home. It’s a little hard, but we’ll get through it I guess, together, as a family,” said Tiffany Bierd.

Bierd got a notice from the owner of Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park that she had until June 10 to move out.

The owner said he couldn’t afford the improvements the Department of Environmental Quality was requiring after finding high levels of uranium in the water.

But now, residents have also found out that the owner owes more than $20,000 in back taxes.

If he doesn’t pay, the property will be auctioned off June 9.

“It does make you pretty ticked off that he didn’t think about the people that he has here,” said Bierd.

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Oklahoma educators and lawmakers disagree over banning social study testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma educators are expressing their concerns about the proposed state legislation that would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. History.

According to reports, Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven.

This U.S. history end-of-instruction exam would remain in place in high school.  However, that assessment only covers standards that encompass history following the Civil War.

‘That is disappointing,’ State leaders split over bill that bans cities from setting their own minimum wage

OKLAHOMA CITY – As national leaders fight over whether the government should raise the minimum wage, state leaders are taking matters into their own hands to keep all towns in Oklahoma on the same page.

According to the Tulsa World, Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed a measure that bars cities and towns from increasing the minimum wage above the state rate.

Currently, the state’s minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour.

Fallin said, “Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.”

Minimum wage has become a national topic of debate.

‘Bill of Rights’ gives some Oklahoma parents final say on child’s upbringing, but not everyone

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Senate has unanimously approved a measure aimed at giving parents the final say on how best to raise their children.

House Bill 1384, by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Sally Kern, is known as the “Parents Bill of Rights.”

It allows parents to have the right to make final decisions about their children’s education, religious training and medical and mental health care.

The authors said a recent case in Boston is an example of the government trying to override parents’ decisions.

15-year-old Justina Pelletier was taken forcibly from her parents after they took her to Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Hungry? Local restaurants offer freebies, discounts today for Tax Day

In honor of Tax Day, April 15, many companies are offering some pretty incredible discounts and freebies.

Some great local deals include:

Arby’s - This fast food chain is offering a free snack-sized curly fry all day on Tuesday.  Make sure you grab your coupon and take advantage of this deal!

Office Depot – Bring in this coupon and Office Depot will shred up to five pounds of paper for free.

Cold temps threaten Oklahoma plants

OKLAHOMA CITY – The winter that just won’t quit is packing one more punch.

Temperatures are expected to plunge tonight.

It is news which has many scrambling to save their plants.

Plant experts say covering your tender plants or bringing them inside is essential to their survival.

Down at Marcum’s Nursery, the outdoor shelves have been cleared.

Everything is being moved inside in hopes of saving it from mother nature.

Crews are also working to enclose the greenhouse.

“We had it all open because it was hot in here. We took it down so the house could breathe, but we’re putting it back on today,” said Monty Marcum.

Their heaters will be turned on soon.

Marcum says it is important on nights like this to protect your plants.

“They need to bring in all of their hanging baskets and things that can move that are portable by all means get that inside,” Marcum said.

More than 500 Oklahomans throw their hat in the ring for State and Federal seats

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of Oklahomans are rush to get their names on the ballot.

The 2014 candidate filing period ended Friday at 5 p.m., with 578 candidates filing for 308 state and federal offices over three days, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

For the first time in state history, both U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot, with 20 candidates filing for the spots. In addition to the regular six-year U.S. Senate term already scheduled to be up for election, the seat currently held by Sen. Tom Coburn will also be on the ballot. Coburn is resigning the seat.

The Governor’s race drew seven candidates, and 27 people filed for the state’s five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hundreds of other candidates filed for statewide offices, legislative seats, judicial positions and district attorney races.