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5:02 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

State Spending

State Treasurer Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – State gets much-needed boost from oil, gas taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) While the state is still facing a massive budget shortfall, higher oil and natural gas prices are providing a much-needed boost to state revenue collections.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham said Monday the state will have about $60 million more to spend in the current budget year and an additional $120 million available in fiscal year 2011.

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StudioTulsa
2:37 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Now at the Gilcrease Museum: "The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell"

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Local & Regional
12:21 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Email Car Tag Notices

Tulsa, OK –

Bill would end mailing of car tag renewal notices

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Tax Commission would be allowed to stop mailing car tag renewal notices under a bill pending in the state Senate.

The bill would let the commission send notices by e-mail. But some opponents say many people especially those in rural Oklahoma may not have access to e-mail.

Tax Commission spokeswoman Paula Ross says mailing the notices cost more than a million dollars a year.

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Local & Regional
12:20 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Former Lawmaker Dies

The Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Former Oklahoma state rep Tim Pope collapses, dies

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Top Award for Union Cheer

Union Cheerleaders perform at National Championship.
UCA

Orlando, Fl – The Union Varsity Cheerleaders won the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida this weekend. They beat 16 other teams in the Super Varsity division.

Union was leading in the semifinals Saturday and went on to win the Championship in the evening on Valentine's Day. UCA is one of the largest high school cheerleading championships in the United States.

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Local & Regional
9:56 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Another Jones Shaker

Jones, OK – Small earthquake recorded near Jones

JONES, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting it recorded another small earthquake near Jones.

The 2.8 magnitude quake was recorded at 9:32 p.m. Sunday near Jones about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

Quakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are generally the smallest felt by people.

There have been more than 40 small earthquakes in the area since 2009.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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Local & Regional
9:54 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Fewer Road Deaths in Oklahoma

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Tulsa, OK – Number of traffic fatalities down in 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the number of traffic fatalities in Oklahoma in 2010 is down by 40 from the same period last year.

The OHP report 37 people have been killed on Oklahoma's roads through Sunday compared to 77 at the same time in 2009.

And troopers say the number of people killed during the month of February is down from 25 as of Feb. 14, 2009, to 11 through Feb. 14 this year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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Local & Regional
9:48 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Monday Morning's Top Stories

Tulsa, OK – A quick review of Monday morning's Top Local Stories

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Local & Regional
8:56 am
Sun February 14, 2010

Back in the Slammer, Again

Oklahoma City, OK –
3 who fled Okla. prison caught in Los Angeles

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state prison official says three inmates who escaped a prison at Fort Supply in northwest Oklahoma have been captured in California.

A Department of Corrections official said 20-year-old Dennis W. Finch, 20-year-old Christopher D. Hibl and 22-year-old Jake D. Trout were arrested Friday by Los Angeles police without incident.

The three walked away from the William S. Key Correctional Center at Fort Supply on Feb. 5.

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Local & Regional
8:52 am
Sun February 14, 2010

Car Tag Fuss

Oklahoma City, OK – Norman, Okla., man sues to get 'IM GAY' car tag

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Norman resident has sued to get a proclamation of his sexual preference on the Oklahoma license tag he displays on the back of his car.

But state officials have declined to provide 28-year-old Keith Kimmel with a vanity tag that says IM GAY, and now he's suing to get it.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission turned Kimmel down last year because of an internal rule against special license tags that "may be offensive to the general public."

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