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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation to replace Oklahoma's income tax structure with a flat tax of 2.95 percent.

The proposal by Sen. Patrick Anderson of Enid is Senate Bill 240 and would eliminate all income tax deductions, credits and exemptions.

Anderson says his plan is simple, fair and revenue neutral, and that there would be no loss of revenue to state government. He says the plan would treat all state taxpayers equally and give Oklahoma the lowest income tax rate in the nation among the 43 states that impose an income tax.

Public Help Sought in Tulsa's Rash of Murders

Jan 11, 2013

Tulsa Police have determined that a man, arrested earlier this week in Kansas on outstanding warrants, has no connection to this week's murder of four women in an apartment complex near 61st and South Peoria.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan was before the Tulsa City Council yesterday afternoon. He told the councilors that is is going to take community help to solve this crime and curb the rash of violence in Tulsa.

Tulsa’s Crime Prevention Network wants you to know any tips you call in to Crimestoppers will remain anonymous.

Topping our local news:

  • Tulsa's Police Chief asks for community help in solving this week's quadruple homicide.
  • The flu is hitting Oklahoma very hard. It has shut down the Kiefer Schools.
  • The Gilcrease expressway gets and extension.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is looking for the state's two newest millionaires.

Lottery officials announced Thursday that two separate Powerball tickets from this week's drawing correctly matched all five white-ball numbers for a $1 million prize.

One of the tickets purchased in the Johnston County town of Ravia added the Power Play option to multiply the prize to $2 million. The ticket was bought at an E-Z Mart at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 22.

The other $1 million ticket was purchased at a Murphy USA gas station in Owasso.

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The City of Tulsa and Osage County celebrate the latest addition to the Gilcrease Expressway. State Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley was there to mark the occasion.

“In order to have good business development in Northeast Oklahoma, you must have the transportation corridors that will allow that to happen,” Ridley said. “And certainly this is not an end, but the beginning of the end, to be able to tie this area of the state together.”

The new section of the expressway runs between the L.L. Tisdale Parkway and North 41st West Avenue.

Amber Alert

Jan 10, 2013

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a Lincoln County boy and girl last seen Thursday morning.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the children on Thursday, saying they are likely with their mother, who does not have custody.

Missing are 7-year-old Kylee Nichols and 4-year-old Blake Nichols. Authorities say Kylee was last seen wearing a black shirt with black pajama bottoms. Blake was wearing blue jeans.

Authorities did not have a vehicle description but say the children are suspected to be with their mother, 30-year-old Misty Hausam.

Our guest is Dr. Scott A. Shields, the associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum in California, who's also the chief curator for a traveling exhibit that will be on view at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa through March 24th. "Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey" is a retrospective appreciation that features nearly 100 paintings and drawings, along with photographs, sculptures, and other objects from the artist's studio.

New State Health Care Chief

Jan 10, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime employee of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has been named as the new chief executive of the agency that oversees the Medicaid program in the state.

The authority's governing board voted unanimously Thursday to appoint 41-year-old Nico Gomez to head the agency that has about 470 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $5 billion. The board approved an annual salary of $152,000, plus 

additional incentives to be determined later.

Today on ST, we speak with the bestselling author of "Just My Type" and other works of wide-ranging, culturally- or historically-driven nonfiction, Simon Garfield. His new book, "On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks," is just out. It's a detailed yet accessible survey of the age-old relationship between man and map, if you will, a study of why we as human beings are (and always have been) so fixated upon mapping things. Cartography, after all, seems to be as defining a characteristic for us (as a species) as, say, language or creativity or play.

Notes on Wayne

Jan 10, 2013

He always had the time another person wanted or needed.