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7:04 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Oklahoma To See Cooler Temps after Triple-Digit Heat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cooler temperatures are predicted Thursday for Oklahoma after areas in the southwestern part of the state crossed the triple-digit mark on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Norman says thunderstorms may develop near Interstates 40 and 44 on Thursday afternoon, mainly east of El Reno. Storms are possible throughout the state on Thursday and early Friday.

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1:03 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Senate OKs Fallin's Income Tax Cut Plan

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to slash and phase out the state's income tax has passed the Senate, even though there is still no agreement on how much of a cut may be possible this year.

The Senate voted 30-16 on Wednesday for Fallin's bill that would cut the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent and then further reduce the rate by one-quarter of 1 percent each year that state revenue grows by 5 percent or more. Fallin's plan also gets rid of numerous personal and corporate tax exemptions to help offset the lost revenue.

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7:05 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Governor signs Bill Easing Toll Penalties

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cost for evading tolls on Oklahoma roads is going down.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Tuesday that reduces the fine for second and subsequent toll violations to a flat $25 fee. Under current law, the penalty is $25 for the first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third violation.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Audit of Oklahoma Superfund Site Trust Under Way

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an investigative audit of a Tar Creek trust authority is under way.

Jones told The Oklahoman the state Attorney General requested a probe of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust to see if there are possible infractions involving a contract awarded for cleanup work.

Jones says the audit is nearing completion and should be presented to the attorney general within a month.

Trust officials declined to comment about the audit's specifics.

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Local & Regional
5:27 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

AAA: Average Price of Gasoline Falls in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen 8 cents in the state during the past week.

AAA said Tuesday that the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.59 — down from $3.67 a week ago. The average is 9.5 cents lower than a month ago and is down 11 cents per gallon from a year ago.

The average price in Tulsa is just below $3.47 per gallon while drivers in Oklahoma City are paying an average of $3.55.

Local & Regional
5:24 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Anti-abortion Group Vows 'Personhood' Fight

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-abortion group is urging House leaders to bring a so-called 'personhood' bill to the House floor for a vote and vows to paint any lawmaker who refuses to support the move as what they call "pro-abortion."

A group of ministers and anti-abortion advocates made the comments Tuesday after the House approved a non-binding resolution that grants personhood rights at "all stages of human development."

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11:02 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Agreement Reached on Oklahoma Air Quality Rules

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has reached an agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency on federal air quality rules for PSO's two coal-fired power plants in Oologah.

The Attorney General's Office sued the EPA in May to allow more time for the state to craft a solution. The agreement allows PSO to comply with EPA rules while protecting Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers.

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10:09 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Man Dies after Accident at Oklahoma City Oil Rig

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say a man died after an accident at an oil rig in southeast Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that the accident happened at about 10 p.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Southeast 59th Street.

Authorities say the man was pinned beneath metal at the oil rig. Authorities say coworkers freed the man and performed CPR, but they weren't able to save him.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet released his name.

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Information from: KWTV-TV, http://www.news9.com/

Local & Regional
7:34 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Apache Corporation Donates $350K for new Woodward Sirens

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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Apache Corp. has donated $350,000 to replace the tornado warning system in Woodward, where six people were killed this month by a twister that struck shortly after midnight.

The oil and gas company announced the donation Monday. Woodward officials say lightning knocked out electricity to the town's warning system, and few residents heard the sirens as the storm approached on April 15.

Six people died, 30 were injured and more than 200 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Tue April 24, 2012

American Airlines argues in Bankruptcy Court to throw out Labor Contracts with Unions

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NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines is arguing "a restructured job is better than no job at all," as it seeks approval of a federal bankruptcy judge for its restructuring plan.

After losing more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy last November, the airline says that its union contracts must be changed to make the company financially stable. It wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs or about one in every four union workers. It's also looking to freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose many other cuts.

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