Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) House Speaker Chris Benge says he is studying whether Oklahoma needs an energy stabilization fund. He says it would capture oil and gas revenue when prices are high and distribute the revenue when prices drop. State officials blame low energy prices and a sluggish economy for the state's budget hole of more than $729 million.
Oklahoma City, OK – On a split vote, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted this morning for an 918 area code overlay to address the number shortage. That will mean everyone will keep their current numbers but all new numbers after 2012 will be assigned a different area code. You will eventually have to dial 10-digits to reach anyone in our area, even local calls.
Commissioner Dana Murphy voted against the overlay plan. She wanted the area to split into two different code areas.
Tulsa, OK – Omaha, Neb. - The December Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region, a leading economic indicator from a survey of supply managers in a nine-state area, inched above growth neutral. The index expanded to 50.3 from November's 47.5. An index of 50.0 is considered growth neutral.
Tulsa, OK – A man's body is found behind a pool hall in Southeast Tulsa. The discovery was made about 8:15 this morning at the Cue Spot near 31st and Sheridan.
The man was 23-years-old, but police do not know how he died. Police Officer Leland Ashley says the man could have slipped on ice and hit his head and died in the bitter cold. The temperature was 17-degrees when the man was discovered.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. to receive $2.6B in stimulus funds
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma is expected to receive more than $2.6 billion from the federal stimulus package, along with additional grant funds in areas like education, technology and energy efficiency.
The spending is expected to ramp up significantly in 2010 as infrastructure projects continue and state and federal agencies award competitive grants.
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