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Oklahoma City post office extend hours for last minute tax filing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Good news for those who are doing some last minute tax filing!

One post office in Oklahoma City is extending their hours so that everyone can make sure they get their taxes sent in before the midnight deadline.

Anyone doing any last minute filing can send their taxes off at The Airport Post Office, located at 6500 Air Cargo Road.

They have extended their hours until 11:58 p.m.

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Authorities asking for help identifying suspect who allegedly robbed two convenience stores

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are hoping to catch up to an armed robber who struck not once, but twice early Tuesday morning.

The suspect, armed with a gun, robbed the Circle K at southwest 59th and May.

Investigators say the same man also held up a Shamrock gas station at 29th and south Agnew.

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Battle lines drawn over smart meter safety

OKLAHOMA CITY – Some Oklahoma families continue to fight to have smart meters removed from their homes because of health concerns.

On Tuesday, a hearing was held with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to decide if commissioners will hear Sherry Lamb’s entire case.

After a smart meter was installed in her home, Lamb was diagnosed with electromagnetic hypersensitivity disorder, or EHS.

Don Powers, Lamb’s attorney, said, “I have clients from eight different counties and all of them have been impacted by smart meters from different providers.”

Customers cite studies that shows 3 percent of the population is hypersensitive to smart meters and 30 percent will be in the future.

OG&E disagrees with that science.

After several failed attempts to have her OG&E smart meter removed, Lamb brought her complaints to the corporation commission.

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.

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‘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.

Pet saves family in southeast Oklahoma City house fire

OKLAHOMA CITY – A family has their pet to thank for saving them from an overnight house fire.

Officials said the blaze sparked just before midnight near S.E. 104th St. and Anderson Rd.

Firefighters said the fire started in the garage and moved to the kitchen.

Authorities said one person in the home was awake when the fire broke out but he is crediting the family dog for alerting him to the danger.

According to fire officials, homeowners tried to put out the flames with a garden hose but it got too big.

Officials said the fire caused about $176,000 in damage before crews got it under control.

Investigators are working to determine what started the blaze.

No one was seriously injured.