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10:48 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Fallin to Have $7 Billion for Budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel of Oklahoma's elected officials is expected to certify about $7 billion in available revenue for Gov. Mary Fallin to use while building her budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The State Board of Equalization meets Thursday at the state Capitol and is expected to approve an early revenue estimate that shows the governor will have about $214 million more than last year to include in her budget.

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10:44 am
Thu December 20, 2012

State Recommended to Pay $7 Million in DHS Case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal magistrate in Tulsa is recommending that the state pay $7 million in legal fees in a lawsuit that led to reforms in Oklahoma's child-welfare system.

U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy said Wednesday that the lawyers representing Children's Rights should receive $5.5 million in attorneys' fees and another $1.5 million in expenses and travel costs.

The plaintiffs' attorneys had sought $9.5 million, while attorneys representing the Oklahoma Department of Human Services argued that $2.6 million to $3.7 million was more appropriate.

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8:02 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Tulsa Man Dies While Seeking Shelter from Cold

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man is dead after he apparently fell down an elevator shaft in a vacant building.

Police say two men were taking shelter from cold weather Thursday in the former Abundant Life building in downtown Tulsa. Police say the second man called 911 from a nearby convenience store after the incident.

Emergency crews are working to remove the body from the building, which has been vacant for about a decade. Authorities say the building contains asbestos so crews are taking safety precautions.

Local & Regional
7:58 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Planned Parenthood Seeks Injunction in Court

Credit Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear a request for an injunction against plans by the Oklahoma Department of Health to end contracts at three Planned Parenthood clinics in the Tulsa area.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday before U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot. The injunction is sought in a lawsuit filed last month by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland against Oklahoma Health Commissioner Terry Cline.

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7:10 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Update: Devon Walker

Devon Walker was hurt during a game at TU
Credit Tulane University

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees says he's impressed by the upbeat outlook of seriously injury Tulane safety Devon Walker and was pleased to be able to visit with him recently.

Brees and several Saints teammates visited Walker at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta on November 29th, which was the Tulane player's birthday, but the visit was not publicized by Tulane or the Saints until this week.

Walker fractured his spine in a game at Tulsa on September 8th. He has not been able to walk since.

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7:01 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Ex-Superintendent, Windstream Make Deal with State

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Broken Arrow schools superintendent and Windstream Corporation have reached an agreement with prosecutors and they won't be pursued on bribery and conspiracy charges.

The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office on Wednesday agreed to dismiss charges and defer prosecution against Jim Sisney and the Little Rock-based data and communications company.

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6:58 am
Thu December 20, 2012

AG: Tulsa Woman Illegally Got Disability Benefits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office has charged a Tulsa woman with workers' compensation fraud after she illegally obtained nearly $10,000 in disability benefits.

Carolin Reinschmiedt was arrested December 7th on separate charges during a traffic stop. Her first name is spelled as Carolyn in some court records.

Court documents do not list an attorney for her.

The fraud charge was filed in August — but Pruitt says he doesn't publicize charges until an arrest is made.

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6:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Early Estimate Shows $214 Million Boost in Oklahoma Revenue

Preston Doerflinger
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early projections show Oklahoma lawmakers will have about $214 million more than last year to spend on next year's state budget, despite huge reductions in oil and gas tax revenue.

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8:53 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Inhofe Wants to Stop F-16s From Going to Egypt

Jim Inhofe talks with reporters
Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe wants Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stop the planned delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.

Inhofe said Tuesday that he asked Clinton in a letter Monday to delay delivery of the first four F-16s that are scheduled for Jan. 22.

Inhofe is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and said current Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi's "dictatorial decree and absence of promoting promised democracy" is a reason to re-examine the delivery.

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8:10 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Oklahoma Senator Proposes ACT Option for Graduation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma students who fail to pass all of the required tests under Oklahoma's Achieving Classroom Excellence Act would still be able to graduate from high school under a bill being introduced in the state Legislature.

Democratic state Sen. Earl Garrison of Muskogee says his bill would allow students who score 18 or higher on the ACT exam would qualify them as meeting all the ACE end-of-instruction testing requirements.

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