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7:05 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Oklahoma Senate Republicans re-elect Pro Tem Bingman

Brian Bingman of Sapulpa
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans in the Oklahoma Senate have voted unanimously to re-elect President Pro Tem Brian Bingman of Sapulpa to another two-year term as Senate leader.

Senate Republicans announced on Monday after a caucus meeting that Bingman won re-election without opposition.

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7:02 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Oklahoma Court halts 'Personhood' Rghts for Embryos

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposal to give "personhood" rights to human embryos is unconstitutional.

The ruling Monday comes as supporters of the measure are trying to gather signatures to put it before Oklahoma voters on the November ballot. Their effort would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a person.

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6:58 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Okla.homa Supreme Court Tosses results of Tulsa House Race

Dan Arthrell and Katie Henke

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out the results of a race for a House seat in Tulsa that was originally won by three votes.

Monday's decision by the state's highest court means the House District 71 seat in central Tulsa will remain vacant until November.

The justices voted 8-0 to invalidate the results of the election and wrote in a one-page order that "the election is void." Justice John Reif earlier Monday recused himself from the case. A reason was not given, but Reif is from Tulsa where the election was held.

Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Governor: Huge Tax Cut is Off

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is acknowledging that a steep reduction that she proposed for the state's top personal income tax rate will not happen this year.

Fallin told The Associated Press on Monday that legislative leaders aren't willing to make a "huge, significant cut in the income tax."

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3:55 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Judge Recuses from Special House Election Case

Justice John Reif
Oklahoma Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Supreme Court justice has recused from a case involving a disputed recount in a special election for a Tulsa seat in the state House of Representatives.

Online court records on Monday show that Justice John Reif stepped aside from the case. A reason was not given — but Reif is from Tulsa where the election was held.

Initial returns from the April 3 election showed Democrat Dan Arthrell with a three-vote lead over Republican Katie Henke. Henke requested a manual recount that found her the winner by one vote.

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11:23 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Three to be Inducted into Arkansas River Hall of Fame

Museum at Tulsa's Port
KWGS News Photo

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — The Arkansas River Historical Society is inducting three new members into its hall of fame.

The society says the hall of fame honors people who have contributed to the development of the Arkansas River, its basin and the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

The McClellan-Kerr system begins at the Port of Catoosa near Tulsa and stretches across Arkansas to the Mississippi River.

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11:07 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Oklahoma Ex-firefighter Charged in Arson Due in Court

KWGS News File Photo

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A former wildlands firefighter accused of arson is due in court this week in Cherokee County.

Mike Adam Malenski faces 41 felony counts of third-degree arson, 15 felony counts of fourth-degree arson and 56 counts of endangering the life of others during the commission of arson.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that Malenski is due in court Wednesday to discuss a possible plea deal with prosecutors. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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11:03 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Tourism Season Heating-up on Route 66

Tourism season heating up on Route 66

GALENA, Kan. (AP) — Businesses along the famed Route 66 are gearing up for tourism season, hoping for an annual boost in revenue from history buffs from inside and outside the U.S.

The Carthage, Mo., Convention and Visitors Bureau is planning a Travel Workers Rally May 8 at the Boots Motel, an icon along the route that will open that day.

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9:01 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Muskogee Shopping Center Sues Metal Plant, Others

Okla. shopping center sues metal plant, others

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The owner of a Muskogee shopping center damaged during a deadly explosion seven years ago has sued a scrap metal plant.

An insurance company, an engineering company and a claims and appraisal firm also are named as defendants in the suit filed by Lakeland Shopping Center in Muskogee County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Lakeland Shopping Center was damaged by a Dec. 28, 2004 blast that killed Ernesto Chavez and Joaquin Prada.

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8:37 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Weather Calming Down.... For Now!

KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for parts of northern Oklahoma after a storm dropped up to 10 inches of rain in some areas late Sunday and early Monday.

Forecasters say the rain has let up in the affected areas but flooding of creeks continues.

The flood warning was issued for Garfield, Grant, Kay and Noble counties in north-central Oklahoma. Areas at risk for flooding include Blackwell, Enid and Ponca City.

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