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11:48 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Economist Projects Job Growth in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma State University economist is projecting job growth in Oklahoma next year and says the state will "bounce back" from recent economic struggles.

Economist Dan Rickman said Wednesday during the 2013 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference in Oklahoma City that he projects about 26,000 new jobs in the state's workforce next year. He says the majority of the jobs will be in professional and business services and in construction.

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7:42 am
Thu December 6, 2012

1 Killed, 5 Hurt in Crash on Muskogee Turnpike

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a crash on the Muskogee Turnpike left one woman dead and five people injured, including three children who are in critical condition.

Authorities say the crash happened Wednesday afternoon when 30-year-old Tiffany Borovetz lost control of her vehicle. A preliminary report says Borovetz' vehicle flipped six times before coming to a rest.

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12:03 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Feds Want Oklahoma's Health Care Lawsuit Tossed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for the federal government want a federal judge to dismiss Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's lawsuit challenging implementation of the federal health care overhaul law.

A motion filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee asks U.S. District Judge Ronald White to throw the case out of court. It says the law will expand affordable health care and the state lacks standing to sue the federal government to deprive its residents of the benefits of federal law.

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7:05 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Court Says State Abortion Laws Unconstitutional

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says two anti-abortion laws recently passed by the Legislature are "facially unconstitutional" and that lower court judges were right to prevent their enforcement.

One law would have required that women seeking an abortion be given an ultrasound image while listening to a description of the fetus. The other restricted the off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

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7:03 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oklahoma Treasurer says Fiscal Cliff may Harm Economy

Ken Miller
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says the fiscal cliff's combination of tax hikes and reduced government spending could harm the state's economy.

Congressional negotiators are working with President Barack Obama to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect at the beginning of 2013. And Treasurer Ken Miller said Tuesday failure to avoid the fiscal cliff would mean a tax increase for Oklahomans and likely spending cuts at military bases and other government facilities in the state.

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Local & Regional
8:08 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

TU Athletic Director Fired

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa has fired its athletic director a week after he was named in a federal investigation into an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City.

The private university's president, Steadman Upham, released a statement Tuesday night saying he has terminated Ross Parmley, effective immediately.

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Local & Regional
7:51 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Attorney Challenges Oklahoma Appropriations Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee is scheduled to hear legal arguments over whether a charter school bill that was amended in the final days of the 2012 Legislature to include a $30 million appropriation for textbooks is unconstitutional.

Attorney Jerry Fent sued Gov. Mary Fallin and other state officials in October claiming that Senate Bill 1816 contains two subject matters in violation of the state Constitution. Oral presentations on the case are set Tuesday.

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7:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Convicted Oklahoma Killer on the Lam

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STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a convicted killer who escaped from a prison in eastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 29-year-old Jason Bales was last seen at about 7:15 a.m. Monday at the Mack Alford Correctional Facility in Stringtown.

He's serving a sentence of life without parole for the 2006 killing of his girlfriend's mother, Stepheny Glass. Authorities say Glass was strangled before her body was doused with acid and buried in a shallow grave in southwest Oklahoma City.

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12:13 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Incoming Speaker taps Norman Rep for Budget Panel

Incoming House Speaker T.W. Shannon
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Incoming Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon has tapped Norman Rep. Scott Martin to head the powerful Appropriations and Budget Committee.

Shannon announced Monday that Martin would serve as chairman of the committee where he has served as co-chairman for the last four years. Martin replaces Rep. Earl Sears of Bartlesville, who headed the panel for two years.

Martin, a Republican, promised in a statement to "work hard every day to watch over our tax dollars."

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Local & Regional
10:34 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Business Conditions in Mid-America Slump

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump will continue over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Mid-America Business Conditions index rose slightly in November to a weak 48.0 from 46.5 in October. The figure was 50.4 in September.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

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