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7:10 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Oklahoma Revenue Grows but Oil, Gas Prices Remain Low

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says revenue collections by the state continue to rise in spite of low crude oil and natural gas prices.

Miller released his office's monthly gross receipts report for May on Tuesday. Miller says increases in state revenue are being driven primarily by income and sales taxes.

He says May revenue collections were up 5.8 percent from May of last year. That compares to average growth over the past 12 months of 9.2 percent.

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7:07 am
Wed June 6, 2012

BA Students Get Diplomas; 7-Others Don't

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education has granted waivers to two Broken Arrow students who completed their coursework but were denied their diplomas because they didn't pass end-of-instruction tests.

The Oklahoman  reports the board on Tuesday granted a waiver to a student who had been accepted at a university. The reason for granting a waiver to the other student wasn't disclosed.

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11:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Pawnee County Sheriff's Ouster Affirmed by Court

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld the ouster of a former Pawnee County sheriff accused of willful neglect of duty.

The high court on Tuesday affirmed the November 2010 ouster of former Sheriff Roger Price. A grand jury accused Price of releasing a prisoner who hadn't posted bond and not detaining a man who came to the jail to surrender on an outstanding warrant.

Price filed appealed the jury's decision but the Supreme Court affirmed his ouster.

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8:08 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Judge to Hear Motion for Chesapeake Shareholder's

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge will decide a motion filed by a group of Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders who want to delay the company's annual shareholders' meeting.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the request Tuesday. Chesapeake's shareholder's meeting is set for Friday.

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6:58 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Execution Date Sought

Oklahoma State Prison
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a state appeals court to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her two children.

Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Monday to set an execution date for 39-year-old Michael Edward Hooper. Hooper was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced in Canadian County to die for the 1993 shooting deaths of 23-year-old Cynthia Jarman and her children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Each was shot twice in the head.

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6:54 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Arraignment Set for Man Accused of Three Murders

A poster outside the Okfuskee Court House with information on the death of two girls
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OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 is scheduled to be formally arraigned on a first-degree murder count stemming from the July death of his girlfriend.

The proceeding for Kevin Sweat is set for Tuesday afternoon in Okfuskee County District Court in Okemah.

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Local & Regional
12:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Bridge Bill Signed by Governor

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed transportation legislation that will increase funding for repairing the state roads and structurally deficient bridges.

Fallin signed the legislation Monday at a state Capitol ceremony attended by lawmakers, Department of Transportation officials and private engineering firms who will be involved in the projects.

Among other things, the measure provides enough funding for the Transportation Department to carry out Fallin's plan to repair or replace all 706 structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system by 2019.

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8:43 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Tulsa Officials Suspect Lightning in House Fire

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Tulsa officials suspect lightning in house fire

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a lightning strike caused a house fire in east Tulsa early Monday morning.

The fire happened at about 1:45 a.m. It wasn't clear whether anyone was inside the house at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Tulsa firefighters say power lines had been ripped from the home — possibly from an explosion caused by a lightning strike.

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8:01 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Challenges Ahead for New Oklahoma House Speaker

T.W. Shannon
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Kris Steele had his hands full trying to keep control of a nearly 70-member strong Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House.

First the House balked at an income tax cut agreement, and then a deal on the state budget nearly fell apart in the waning days of the session.

Now the job of shepherding this diverse caucus falls to House Speaker-Designate T.W. Shannon, a 34-year-old Republican from Lawton who is in line to become the first African-American speaker in Oklahoma's history.

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Local & Regional
10:17 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Original Data Wrong: State Surpasses Texas for Hottest Summer on Record

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma — and not Texas as first thought — had the hottest summer in U.S. history last year, inching out the Lone Star state by two-tenths of a degree.

In the final tally, national climatologists say Oklahoma's summer averaged 86.9 degrees and Texas came in at 86.7 degrees.

Deke Arndt of the National Climatic Data Center says Oklahoma surpassed its own heat record of 85.2 degrees set in 1934.

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