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9:59 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Natural Gas Proposal

Truck at a Tulsa CNG Pump
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Oklahoma City, OK – Pickens not optimistic about natural gas proposal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Billionaire energy magnate T. Boone Pickens isn't optimistic that Congress will act this year on a proposal to spur the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in the U.S.

In September, Pickens had said he remained hopeful that Congress would pass what is known as the NAT GAS Act by the end of the year. Among the measure's goals is to subsidize the conversion of long-haul trucks so that they would run on compressed natural gas.

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9:53 am
Wed November 17, 2010

School Funding in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Education Board delays budget vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Board of Education is expected to request an increase of more than $300 million for public schools, despite an anticipated tight budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

The board met Tuesday and discussed the proposed budget request, but delayed voting until Dec. 14.

During last year's legislative session, lawmakers tried to shield education from the deepest cuts and limited its budget reduction to about 3 percent.

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9:51 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Legislature Files Bill

The State Senate Chambers
State Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – First bills filed for new Okla. Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The first bills of the new 53rd Oklahoma Legislature have been filed at the state Capitol.

Four Senate bills were filed Tuesday. The first two bills by Sen. John Ford, a Tulsa Republican, relate to education and teachers. Senate Bill 1 deletes certain hearing requirements from the Teacher Due Process Act.

Two other bills by Sens. James Wilson, a Tahlequah Democrat, and Mike Mazzei, a Tulsa Republican, deal with income and sales taxes.

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9:49 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Voter ID Challenged

Tulsa, OK – Group sues to block Oklahoma Voter ID law

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The League of Women Voters has sued to stop enforcement of a recently approved constitutional amendment that would require Oklahoma voters to prove their identity before voting.

The "Voter ID" ballot question was approved by 74 percent of Oklahoma voters two weeks ago. Tuesday's challenge was filed in Tulsa and is the third one filed against measures passed on Nov. 2.

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1:23 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

New Senators At Work

State senators line-up in the senate well to take the oath of office.
KWGS News photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Newly elected and reelected members of the Oklahoma State Senate took their Oath of Office during a ceremony Tuesday in the Senate Chamber. The Oath was administered by Oklahoma State Supreme Court Vice-Chief Justice Steven W. Taylor.

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12:45 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Lamb's Replacement

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov sets date for state Senate election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A special election for a state Senate seat in Edmond and northwest Oklahoma City will be held early next year.

Gov. Brad Henry on Tuesday set a Jan. 11 date for the primary election to replace current Sen. Todd Lamb.

The special general election will be Feb. 8.

Lamb announced this week he will resign the seat on Jan. 10 when he is sworn in as the state's next lieutenant governor.

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10:45 am
Tue November 16, 2010

New Ag Secretary

Mary Fallin
KWGS News photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin taps former lawmaker for ag post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has announced former lawmaker and Farm Service Agency official Jim Reese will serve as secretary of agriculture in Fallin's administration.

The Nardin Republican served 14 years in the Oklahoma House before he was named executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency. He most recently served as a policy adviser to House Speaker Chris Benge, and has owned and operated Jim Reese Farms since 1978.

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2:23 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

I-44 Reopens At Yale

Tulsa, Oklahoma – A major accident this morning snarled traffic for 8-hours. A semi- carrying a load of frozen chickens, hit the I-44 bridge as it crossed over Yale.
The Oklahoma Department of transportation kept the area closed until engineers could inspect the bridge, and clean up the chickens. The driver of the truck escaped safely and no one was hurt.

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