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The chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission is withdrawing his resignation and says he intends to continue to lead the three-member panel.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday that Steve Burrage asked her to withdraw his resignation. Burrage had notified Fallin last month that he intended to resign due to personal reasons.

Fallin said in a news release that she never accepted the resignation and is pleased Burrage will remain as chairman of the commission. Burrage didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Weather Looks Nice for Mayfest for a Change

May 18, 2016
Mayfest

 

The set-up is underway in downtown Tulsa. The city's 44th Annual Mayfest begins tomorrow in downtown Tulsa. The arts festival will run through Sunday.

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A former doctor from Tulsa, Oklahoma, accused of using a Missouri minor to produce child pornography has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison.

Thirty-nine-year-old Shelby Coleman was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years and 8 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in January.

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A proposal to increase Oklahoma's fuel taxes has been rejected by an Oklahoma House committee.

The House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget Tuesday voted 14-9 against the bill that would raise gasoline and diesel fuel taxes in the state.

Oklahoma's fuel tax is currently 17 cents per gallon for gas and 14 cents for diesel. The measure would have increased the taxes to 20 cents for gasoline and 17 cents for diesel. The increase would not be collected if fuel rose above $3 a gallon.

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 Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that supporters say will help the state collect more revenue from online purchases.

Fallin signed legislation Tuesday that requires retailers to notify their Oklahoma customers they may owe taxes on their online purchases when filing state tax returns. The bill would also require retailers to provide Oklahomans with an annual report of how much they spent on online purchases.

In the local news:

  • A new report points up the need for more "pre-crime" programs for women.
  • Jenks Schools draft plans for a flood event.
  • Teacher pay bill released yesterday was not real.

A City of Tulsa commission releases its action plan after a three-year study of female incarceration.

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women came up with a road map nonviolent female offenders follow from before they commit a crime to after their release from prison. Commission member Betsy Jackson said services are hard to come by before women are arrested.

"We found that there were more programs when you got out versus before you went in and how you even got in, in the first place," Jackson said. "What we're trying to do is to keep women out of prison."

Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa city officials set a goal of reducing accidents and injuries by 20 percent this year.

After a 25 percent reduction in injuries since 2013, the city hit a plateau. City Manager Jim Twombly said they plan on rolling out a near-miss employee reporting program.

"Instead of just saying, 'Ooh, that was a close one,' let's dive into that the same way we dive into an accident," Twombly said. "And we think that's really going to have a positive impact and help us take the whole program to the next level."

U.S. officials are adding 63 American Indian reservations across the Midwest and West to an initiative that seeks to return millions of acres of land to tribal ownership.

The move comes as the Interior Department warns that the $1.9 billion effort to return is running out of time and money. The Associated Press obtained details in advance of a planned Tuesday announcement

on reservations in 15 states that are joining the effort

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Jury selection continues for the trial of two men accused of shooting four people to death, including a prostitute featured on the HBO reality series "Cathouse."

Prospective jurors were questioned for a second day Tuesday in the trial of Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter. Both are charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 9, 2009, deaths of TV celebrity Brooke Phillips, Milagros Barrera, Jennifer Lynn Ermey and Casey Mark Barrientos.

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