Local & Regional
8:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

March Oklahoma Revenue Misses Mark by 9.1 Percent

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's finance secretary says collections by the general revenue fund fell 9.1 percent below the official estimate in March.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday the state experienced another month of unusually low corporate income tax revenue. Doerflinger says that the decline followed a major increase in tax credit claims.

March collections totaled $413 million, which is $41 million, or 9.1 percent, below the official revenue estimate upon which the fiscal year's state budget is based.

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Local & Regional
8:36 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma AG Files Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit

Miami is in Ottawa County
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a Miami restaurant and its owner over allegations of sexual harassment of employees.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Ottawa County District Court is the first legal action filed by the newly formed Office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Office.

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Local & Regional
8:29 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Leader Re-elected To Third Term

Brian Bingman
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has been re-elected to a historic third term as the Senate leader.

Bingman — a Republican — said Tuesday he was selected by the 36 Senate Republicans in a closed-door caucus meeting. Bingman said in a statement that he is "incredibly humbled."

He will become the first Senate leader re-elected to a third term since Republicans took control of the chamber in 2008 for the first time since statehood. He will be formally elected to the post in 2015, after this year's elections.

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Local & Regional
8:27 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma House Passes State Trooper Pay Raise Bill

OHP headquarters in Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that provides a mechanism to raise the salaries of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The House voted 94-0 without debate Tuesday and sent the bill to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. The measure was previously approved by the state Senate.

The bill by Rep. Scott Martin of Norman provides a method to give troopers an across-the-board pay raise that is based on the recommendations of a recent study on state employee compensation.

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Local & Regional
9:59 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

House Will Vote on Changes to Judicial Nominating Commission

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It's been 45 years since Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission was established, but the bribery scandal preceding it hasn't been forgotten. 

Tulsa attorney and commission member John Tucker watched the impeachment trials on TV as a young law student.

"Here are people just admitting that they paid money for decisions, and not just that they paid money, but it was only, like, a couple of thousand bucks to buy four votes in the Supreme Court," Tucker said. "How bad is that?"

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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

"All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood"

Aired on Tuesday, April 15th.

Kids are wonderful. Kids are amazing. Kids enrich, brighten, and deepen our lives as parents, obviously. But they also change us --- in so many ways --- and "being a parent" in America today means something very different from what it meant, say, fifty or sixty years ago.

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Local & Regional
4:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abortion Drug Ban Bill Clears Senate

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 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate. The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011. The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S.

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1:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Takings Law in the Energy Sector on Answers in Energy

What is a proper governmental purpose, and what is adequate compensation?

T.U. Professor Marla Mansfield discussed her in-depth and ongoing research on Takings Law. (Recorded March 10, 2014)

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Local & Regional
1:11 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Cherokees Host Job Fair

An applicant visits one of the vendors at the job fair.
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The Cherokee Nation hosts a regional job and resource fair with nearly a dozen vendors on today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the upstairs salons A, B, C and D of the casino. Jobs available within Cherokee Nation Businesses include gaming, hotel, and food and beverage positions.

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