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Today you should know that Reuters released a special report on the “lavish and leveraged life” of Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon. Businessweek examines the more than $300 million of Oklahoma City real estate owned by Chesapeake. American Airlines is expected to announce soon a new series of management layoffs at its Tulsa facility.
The chemicals company Tronox Inc., which is mired in pollution disputes, will move its headquarters from Oklahoma City to Connecticut with $3 million in incentives from the state. High E. coli bacteria levels in the Oklahoma River caused a wakeboarding competition to be moved from OKC to Guthrie.
State officials posted online the private educational records of students who were appealing for exemptions from high-stakes testing requirements. A graduate of Tulsa’s Street School writes in the Tulsa World that the program saved her life. The OK Policy Blog examines the effects of a flat education budget this year.
David Blatt’s column in the Journal Record discusses why we should reduce barriers to employment for ex-felons. A blogger for National Geographic predicts that Oklahoma City or Tulsa will be the next Austin for live music.
The Number of the Day is the percentage of Oklahoma’s babies and toddlers who live in low-income families. In today’s Policy Note, Demos explains why 401(k) retirement plans have been a failure that could push millions of middle class boomers into poverty.