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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says officers have captured two inmates who left the minimum-security prison and attempted to pick up three duffel bags of contraband.

The corrections department says the two inmates were discovered missing from the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in eastern Oklahoma. Officials say the inmates were later found early Monday hiding under a trailer on prison property.

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   A proposal to increase taxes on low-point beer in Oklahoma has failed to pass a state Senate committee after members expressed concern it appeared to target a specific product.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget on Tuesday voted 27-16 against the bill. The proposal would quadruple the excise tax rate on low-point beer to $45 per barrel and apportion part of the proceeds to the state's general revenue fund.

 

Oklahoma House leaders are unveiling a new plan to ask voters to give teachers a pay raise of up to $10,000 and pay for it by slightly increasing the sales tax and expanding it to include services.

The proposal that is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in a key House budget committee would put the plan before voters in November as an alternative to a separate 1-cent sales tax for education.

 

Oklahoma House leaders are unveiling a new plan to ask voters to give teachers a pay raise of up to $10,000 and pay for it by slightly increasing the sales tax and expanding it to include services.

The proposal that is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in a key House budget committee would put the plan before voters in November as an alternative to a separate 1-cent sales tax for education.

Mannford Teacher Busted in Tulsa Hooker Sting

May 17, 2016
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There will be a substitute today in Mr. Cox's class.

Tulsa Police say a Mannford Middle School teacher is arrested in an undercover sting operation. Authorities say  25-year-old Jake Cox was arrested last night at a south Tulsa motel. Police say he was trying to buy sex from an undercover officer.

He is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on $1,000 bond.

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A Tulsa man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2014 shooting death of a man whose body was found in a field.

25-year-old Kevin Warrior was sentenced Monday in the death of Charles Dews.arrior had been found guilty of first-degree murder in March.

Authorities say Dews was found on June 4, 2014, with multiple gunshot wounds after police responded to a report of a shooting around 10:45 p.m. that night. He was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Police say Warrior and Dews had an unspecified, ongoing feud.

 

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   Hundreds of middle and high school students at four separate Oklahoma City schools have staged a walkout to protest continued cuts in the district's budget.

District officials estimate more than 1,000 students walked out of class on Monday at U.S. Grant, Northwest Classen and Star Spencer high schools, along with another 100 students at Jefferson High School.

Dozens of students from U.S. Grant High School later went to the north steps of the Capitol and chanted, "Save our schools!"

In the local news:

  • State Senators vote to cut earned income tax credit.
  • Students walk in OKC to protest state education cuts.
  • Tulsa County diverts funds to pay for jail operations.
National Institute for Early Education Research

Oklahoma remains a national leader in preschool education, but it’s starting to slip.

A National Institute for Early Education Research annual report says state spending on pre-K has dropped more than 25 percent from its 2010 peak.

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Senators approve a proposal to cut funding for Oklahoma’s Earned Income Tax Credit.

The measure they approved would make the credit non-refundable, which would save the state around $28 million a year. Religious leaders last week called on state leaders to preserve the credit because cutting it would disproportionately affect poor working families.

Sen. Roger Thompson said churches are shirking their responsibility.

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