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City of Tulsa

A more than five hours–long meeting leads to big changes in Tulsa’s Vision renewal package.

City officials cut $159 million in all, eliminating the need to issue general obligation bonds. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said it’s time to move forward with the election.

"There are other funding packages, other funding sources that will become available for whatever is not quite met," Bartlett said. "We have those opportunities here now within a few years as well."

The lion’s share of those cuts, $126 million, came out of the list of economic development projects.

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Oklahoma’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.2 to 4.1 from November to December. It sounds like good news, but while a household survey shows more people working, a business survey shows several thousand job losses. Lynn Gray with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says, not unexpectedly, the hardest hit sectors are related to the oil and gas industry.

The state has gone from over 63-thousand oil and gas jobs in 2014, to around 50-thousand in 2015, a drop of nearly 20%.

 BOSTON (AP) _ A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she's training to run this year's race: all 26.2 miles of it.  
 Adrianne Haslet-Davis tells the Hallmark Channel she'll run to help raise money and awareness for Limbs for Life, an Oklahoma City-based organization that provides prostheses to amputees.  
 Haslet-Davis lost her left leg below the knee in the April 2013 attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.  

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office has released autopsy results for one of the two Arkansas duck hunters who disappeared during wintry weather last month.  
 In a report released Tuesday, the medical examiner's office said 22-year-old Chase Morland accidentally drowned when his boat capsized in Kaw Lake in northern Oklahoma. Morland's body was found Dec. 28 after he and his friend, Craig Strickland, went missing while hunting during a winter storm.  

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RUSH SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) _ Former Oklahoma state representative and gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman has announced that he will take up a one-year term on Rush Springs' City Council following the resignations of two members.  
 The Express-Star reports that Dorman made his announcement Tuesday, and that he will not run for the seat. Marvin Loeffler resigned from the council about little over a month ago, while Brian Hale recently announced he was stepping down. Both resigned for personal reasons.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A newly formed coalition dedicated to reforming Oklahoma's criminal justice system is launching a ballot initiative for a public vote on policies to reduce the state's high prison population.  
 A group of legislators, criminal justice experts and business and community leaders launched the group Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday and filed paperwork for two proposed state questions.  

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The Wagoner County Sheriff's Department are investigating a suspected case of animal neglect after confiscating twenty-two malnourished horses and eight dogs.

Sheriff's deputies conducted a search warrant on the property on January 26

after a Wagoner resident witnessed several horses running wild on the property. The property has been abandoned for three months, but officials are still unsure how long the animals have been neglected.

No charges have yet been filed, pending a full investigation and a decision by the District Attorney.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City wants the Legislature to change a law to shift responsibility for the stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum from the state to the city.

Under the law passed last year, the state would borrow $25 million to help complete the museum. The city would be required to pay 50 percent of all revenues in excess of $7 million per year to the state.

City leaders want the Legislature to roll back a revenue-sharing provision and drop plans for a new authority that would oversee state-issued bonds.

Work on Vision Proposal Goes into the Night

Jan 27, 2016
City of Tulsa

Tulsa City Councilors meet till way after dark  last night. The members were debating a new Vision Tax extension proposal. More meetings are scheduled.

City officials have stated that they would like the proposal voted upon by residents in April. That is problematic for councilors. The final plan must be to the election board by a week from Thursday in order to have it one the April ballot.

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