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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.