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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republican U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin has been picked to join a conference committee tasked with developing a final, long-term highway bill.

Mullin's office announced the selection Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate passed its version of long-term highway legislation in July. The U.S. House passed separate legislation earlier this month.


CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas early Thursday. Two smaller quakes struck the same area hours later.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, the quake happened at 1:42 a.m. and was centered about 8 miles southwest of Cherokee.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which was felt more than 300 miles away in the Kansas City area.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's public safety commissioner is warning lawmakers that residents may be unable to board a commercial aircraft or enter a federal building using a state driver's license after next year unless legislation is passed to bring the state into compliance with federal law.

In the local news:

  • State lawmakers debate the Real ID Act.
  • A 4.7 earthquake shakes northern Oklahoma.
  • More jobs are coming to Tulsa and others leave.
Oklahoma Watch

The City of Tulsa has some room to increase the local sales tax for public safety funding.

According to a report given to city councilors, Tulsa's combined sales tax rate is six-tenths of a percent below the area's average and five-tenths below its median. Council Policy Administrator Jack Blair said that would make a big difference.

"So, if our sales tax rate were at the average of these communities, that would translate to an additional $48 million annually," Blair said. "If we were at the median, that would be $37 million."

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The Tulsa Regional Chamber announces nearly 300 new jobs are coming to Tulsa.

That’s a combined number from a handful of companies in industries targeted by the Tulsa’s Future program.  The industries it targets are energy, aerospace and aviation, healthcare, transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and professional services and regional headquarters.

A chamber economist estimates the jobs will support an estimated 738 additional jobs in the area and a total income of more than $90 million.

Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has backed off a position that Syrian refugees should never have been allowed into the U.S. to begin with.

Bartlett posted that Monday on Facebook, but a letter he sent to President Obama yesterday asked for vetting procedures to be improved and said Tulsans are ready to be of service.

"What we're looking at is the safety of our city and certainly not trying to draw a red line between us and refugees or anyone coming to Tulsa," Bartlett said.

Tulsa County Sheriff


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A hearing has been rescheduled for an ex-Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man.

A case review scheduled for Robert Bates, who resigned from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, was rescheduled Wednesday until Dec. 7 because the judge was unavailable.

Bates, flanked by family members, appeared with his attorney, Clark Brewster, and both declined to comment on the case.

State of Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Workers and visitors at the Oklahoma Capitol are being let back in the building after construction workers apparently triggered a fire alarm accidentally.

The alarm started sounding in the building just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons says the alarm likely was set off as a result of ongoing construction and that the building was evacuated as a precaution.

Construction work is ongoing on the first and third floors of the Capitol as part of a $120 million renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is testing new questions on tribal enrollment to try to get a more accurate count of American Indians in 2020.

Director John Thompson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the agency is aiming to avoid a 5 percent undercount of the population seen in 2010.

Dee Ann Alexander, a census tribal specialist, says past censuses didn't ask whether someone was an enrolled tribal member. She says there was an American Indian box to check with instructions on describing a tribe.