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6:57 am
Wed July 11, 2012

State Officials Project $306-Million Savings Deposit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say Oklahoma is expected to make a record $306 million deposit into its Rainy Day Fund this week after the final revenue figures from the 2012 fiscal year are totaled.

But figures released Tuesday by the Office of State Finance showed collections to the state's general revenue fund in June were down by about $45 million compared to June 2011. The decline is mostly because of a nearly 60 percent drop in tax collections on oil and natural gas production.

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7:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

AA and Tulsa Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines Facility in Tulsa
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DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.

The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.

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6:55 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Faught, Mullin Spar Over Health Care Attack Ad

Mark Mullins and George Faught

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Republican candidates seeking an open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma are targeting each other in a dispute over whether one of them should be held accountable for remarks made about health care issues at a candidate forum last year.

A television advertisement by state Rep. George Faught's campaign includes a clip of businessman Markwayne Mullin saying he supported a "single-payer, single-pay system" when it comes to medical care.

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6:53 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Ex-Oklahoma Treasurer Worker Sentenced in Scheme

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former State Treasurer's Office employee has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for participating in a scheme to steal money from the unclaimed property fund.

An Oklahoma County District judge also gave ex-internal auditor LaTisha Reid 16 years of probation and ordered her to pay $19,101 in restitution Monday.

The multicounty grand jury indicted Reid on 24 counts in September, alleging she created fraudulent court documents and death certificates using state computers in order to obtain money from Oklahoma's unclaimed property fund.

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6:50 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Oklahoma Counties under Burn Ban Grows to 21; Tulsa Included

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahoma counties under a county burn ban is growing.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's website, 21 counties were under a ban as of late Monday.

Just before the Independence Day holiday, only two counties — Beaver and LeFlore — were under county burn bans. Since then, Tulsa County officials have issued a burn ban, and Comanche, McIntosh, Pittsburg and Wagoner are among the counties that joined the list this week.

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Local & Regional
7:24 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Education Worries

David Boren
OU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some higher education leaders worry that dwindling funding from the state could hurt Oklahoma's college completion goals.

The Oklahoman newspaper says University of Oklahoma President David Boren recently voiced concern about eroding public support for higher education.

Boren also says he's concerned that efforts to boost college completion could be put at risk if state funding for higher education isn't a higher priority.

The newspaper says state funding has made up a shrinking percentage of college and university budgets since 1980.

Local & Regional
7:11 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Homicides Averaging One Per Week in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The number of homicides in Tulsa in the first half of 2012 puts the city on pace to challenge last year's seven-year low.

The Tulsa World reports the city saw 26 killings this year through June 30, compared to 25 during the same period last year. There were 53 homicides in all of 2011, marking the lowest number since 2004.

The newspaper says that if the pace holds, the city could finish this year with three annual declines since it had a record 71 killings in 2009.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Free Woody Guthrie Festival

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival kicks off this week in the singer-songwriter's hometown in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports the festival runs Wednesday through Sunday in Okemah. It features performances by Guthrie's son, Arlo Guthrie, and rising star and fellow Okemah native John Fullbright.

The festival is free, except for an Arlo Guthrie concert, which organizers say will help offset costs.

Woody Guthrie is known for the anthem, "This Land is Your Land" and his songs about the poor and downtrodden.

Local & Regional
7:07 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Sues over Supply of Drug

State prison at McAlester
KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to die next month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the state's limited supply of a lethal injection drug could lead to a painful death.

The Oklahoman reports that Michael Hooper is seeking an execution using a single drug instead of three.

Hooper is scheduled to die August 14th. He was convicted of killing a mother and her two children in 1993.

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7:03 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Pre-Schooler Drowns

WAURIKA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old drowned at a lake in southern Oklahoma after he wandered away from a tent.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the boy, James Traywick Wyler of Ryan, was asleep in a tent. But then he somehow got out and headed toward the water's edge early Saturday.

Authorities say the boy was found in up to 18 inches of water at Waurika Lake in Jefferson County.

Emergency responders took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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