Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. The January figure was 54.8.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says manufacturers of nondurable goods reported that sales, production and employment have weakened over the past several months.


WILBURTON, Okla. (AP) — An EagleMed medical helicopter has made an emergency landing in Oklahoma less than a month after another of the company's helicopters crashed in the state, killing the pilot and injuring two crew members.

The McAlester News-Capital reports there were no injuries as a result of Monday's emergency landing at Latimer County General Hospital in Wilburton.


OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) — The sudden death of an Oologah-Talala kindergarten student has been ruled to be cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

Six-year-old Jenny Yang died Jan. 5 at a hospital in Owasso after being sent home from school with a fever. Her death led officials to cancel classes at the school for several days and to clean the elementary school building and the school's buses.

The family is shocked by the medical examiner's report, which was released Monday.  Family member, David Yang said the family questions the findings and may request another autopsy.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least 10,000 central Oklahoma residents are without power following severe thunderstorms overnight.

The Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company website shows outages have been reported in Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bethany, Del City, Nichols Hills and Sapulpa.

Local media outlets reported high winds downed power lines and tree limbs across the Oklahoma City area.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Oklahoma has increased by a penny during the past week.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the statewide average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded is $2.26 per gallon. The national average is $2.41 per gallon.

Average prices in selected cities around the state range from $2.10 per gallon in Wagoner to $2.46 in Alva. Motorists in Tulsa are paying an average of $2.21 per gallon while those in Oklahoma City are paying $2.26.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recent report says that Oklahoma Indian gaming revenue increased more than $60 million in 2013, but the amount of tribal fees paid to the state has decreased by more than $3.1 million.

The Oklahoman reports the 2015 edition of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report released Monday revealed the revenue disparity may be due to the change in types of games that are in Oklahoma Indian casinos.

City of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city is planning a public meeting to update residents on Tulsa's brownfield grants it received from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013.

The April 8 meeting is at City Hall downtown.

In 2013, the city received $1.4 million in brownfield grants— including $600,000 for the cleanup of the city-owned Evans-Fintube site and $800,000 for a revolving loan fund in partnership with the Indian Nations Council of Governments and the Tulsa Industrial Authority.

State Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would give terminally ill patients in Oklahoma access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been approved by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-0 Monday to send the measure to the full Senate for a vote. It has already been approved by the state House.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A public hearing has been scheduled next month to explore affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions in the Tulsa area.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's community development committee in Tulsa plans to receive comments from the public on April 8.

The city's draft 2015-2019 consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the HUD grant programs.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of educators, parents and schoolchildren are rallying at the state Capitol seeking a boost in funding for public schools and a reduction in the number of state-mandated tests.

Wearing T-shirts from their hometown schools, attendees wandered the halls of the Capitol and congregated outside legislators' offices to talk about the importance of more funding for schools.

A similar rally held last year drew an estimated 25,000 people.