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9:51 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Attorney General Warning Oklahoma Residents of Phone Scam

Scott Pruitt
Credit AG Office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued a scam warning after concerns were raised that someone may be calling residents claiming to be with Pruitt's office.

Complaints involve a caller falsely telling residents that they'll be arrested if money is not wired to the AG's office for various reasons, such as debt.

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9:46 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Gilcrease Museum Transfers Declaration of Independence Copy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.

The Tulsa World reports the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.

The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.

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9:42 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Indian Museum has Support; Disagreements Linger on Funding

The Indian Cultural Museum
Credit Indian Cultural Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Key legislators cannot agree on how Oklahoma should wrap up funding for a Native American museum being built near downtown Oklahoma City.

One Democratic leader wants the state to borrow the last $40 million needed to finish the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, but another Democrat says that with Oklahoma facing a $300 million shortfall, the state cannot afford to borrow money.

The head of the Senate, a Republican, says that Senate support for borrowing money "is not great."

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9:36 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma Town of Cherokee

CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — A 4.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled the small town of Cherokee in northwest Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded about 8:24 a.m. Friday near the town.

No injuries or damage was reported.

The survey also recorded two earlier temblors in Oklahoma Friday — a 2.9 magnitude quake near the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond and a 2.6 magnitude quake near the town of Stillwater.

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2:28 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

State Law May Stop Tulsa's Interest in Red Light Cameras

Credit City of Tulsa

Tulsa doesn’t have red light cameras, and barring a change in state law, it will probably stay that way.

City prosecutor Bob Garner told city councilors that Oklahoma is one of those states with laws classifying running a red light as a criminal misdemeanor.

"As a criminal misdemeanor violation, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," Garner said.

That’s a much higher threshold than in states that consider the violation a civil offense. It means Tulsa would likely have to devote an officer to reviewing camera footage.

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2:17 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Lawmakers Unlikely to Cut Business Tax Breaks to Boost FY2016 Budget

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Although Oklahoma faces a $300 million budget shortfall for next fiscal year, don’t expect lawmakers to slash business tax incentives to close the gap.

Budget summit panelists this week said it’s unrealistic to think the legislature will put any of the state’s dozens of incentives on the chopping block this year. Mark VanLandingham with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber said doing so risks breaking promises already made to businesses.

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1:55 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Hofmeister Takes Spot on School Standards Committee

Credit Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new head of Oklahoma's public school system is taking a spot on a committee looking at new standards for math and English.

At her first meeting as Oklahoma's schools superintendent, Joy Hofmeister on Thursday said she wanted to hold one of the Board of Education's seats on the panel. Committee member Bill Price gave up his seat so Hofmeister could join the group. If he hadn't, Hofmeister's attendance would have violated the state's Open Meetings Act because four members of the state Education Board would have been present — enough for a quorum.

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11:06 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Millard House II Backs Out of TPS Superintendent Search

Millard House II
Credit Linked In

The Tulsa School Board released the following statement this morning:

Millard House II, a candidate for the district’s next superintendent, informed the board today of his decision to withdraw from the search process. 

In a note to the TPS Board this morning, Mr. House said: 

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8:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Plane Recovered from Lake Texoma in Oklahoma

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Credit OSU Digital Library

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Officials have recovered a single-engine plane that crashed into Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma, but the search for the pilot continues.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ashley Hampton tells the Sherman Herald-Democrat the plane was recovered Thursday afternoon. No bodies were found inside. On Friday, divers are set to search for the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane was conducting low passes over the lake Wednesday morning when it crashed. He says the Grumman AA1 was registered out of Durant.

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7:53 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Oklahoma Legislator Withdraws Anti-Gay Measure

Sally Kern
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma legislator who has introduced several anti-gay bills for the upcoming session is withdrawing one measure because she says it didn't accomplish what she intended.

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