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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.