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Tue July 9, 2013

Judge Dismisses Suit Over Oklahoma Youth Expo

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging $2 million in state funding for a youth livestock show after attorneys in the case failed to show up for a scheduling conference.

Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds filed the suit, arguing that the state violated a prohibition on gifts of public money when it allocated $2 million to the Oklahoma Youth Expo, which runs the livestock show.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/12oc9wg ) that District Judge Bryan Dixon dismissed the lawsuit after attorneys didn't show up for a conference Friday.

Reynolds called the situation a paperwork mistake and says he'll continue his legal fight. Several attorneys told the newspaper that they didn't receive notification of the scheduling conference.

A spokeswoman for the state Agriculture Department declined to comment on the suit's dismissal.