OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite having strong GOP majorities backing her up in the House and Senate, Governor Mary Fallin ended this year's legislative session without the income tax cut she has championed.
Fallin entered the session with an ambitious plan to deeply slash the state's income tax.
However, Republicans in the Legislature started chipping away at the plan, first by balking at eliminating the numerous deductions and exemptions that were to be used to help offset the cost of the plan.
Some even began to wonder aloud if the time was right to cut taxes at all.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is trying to persuade members of his own party to support legislation that would fund transportation projects.
The Oklahoman reports that the Republican U.S. Senator spent part of last week calling freshman House members affiliated with the tea party to convince them to back a bill that would stabilize transportation funding for several years. He says if Congress can't agree on a long-term policy, the uncertainty will cause serious problems for critical projects.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police and the FBI are looking for the person who robbed a bank in southwest Oklahoma City.
Authorities say a man walked into the MidFirst Bank about 9:05 a.m. Friday, demanded money and then jumped on top of the teller counter with a revolver in his hand. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash from the teller drawer and walked out toward S.W. 45th Street.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are advising people to avoid contact with the Arkansas River from central Wichita to the Oklahoma state line because of high levels of bacteria.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a public health advisory late Friday and says pets and livestock should also be kept away from the river. KDHE says there's also been a fish kill in a section of the river where the water is black and has a strong odor.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A Payne County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against former Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who was sued following a 2006 drunken-driving accident. In an order filed Thursday, District Judge Phillip Corley ruled that Oklahoma law prevents Teresa Barnard from collecting additional money from Sutton after she settled with the university for $175,000. Barnard's attorney, Chris Sloan, told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/JW1yFC) his client plans to appeal.
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Thunderstorms unleashed bursts of heat and strong winds on parts of northwestern Oklahoma, damaging homes and businesses, electric power poles and an emergency management command center.
Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said Saturday officials believe heat bursts from collapsing storms miles away created winds ranging from 70 mph to 76 mph in the county about 10:15 p.m. Friday.
WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says a Memorial Day event will mark the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of the Interstate 40 bridge into the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls. The bridge collapsed May 26th, 2002, when a barge crashed into it. A total of 14 people were killed as their vehicles plunged into the river. The Memorial Day event will begin at 10 a.m. at a memorial to the 14 victims located behind the former City Hall in Webbers Falls.
OZARK, Ark. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a plane flying from Tulsa to Tunica, Mississippi crashed in western Arkansas — leaving two people with what authorities describe as minor injuries. Sergeant Brent Scott with the Franklin County sheriff's office says the pilot was taken to a hospital after the plane crashed about 3:30 p.m. Friday in a field near the Ozark airport in Franklin County. Scott says the one passenger in the four-passenger plane also had minor injuries — but was not hospitalized.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Tulsa man has died after crashing his motorcycle while being pursued by a trooper. The OHP says 33-year-old Chad Alan Woods died at a Tulsa hospital of head and other injuries following the crash about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The OHP says a trooper had tried to stop Woods for an undisclosed traffic violation on Interstate 244 when Woods sped away and eventually drove onto U.S. 412 — then onto a city street.