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  • Oklahoma Supreme Court approves state question on oil-and-gas tax to fund education

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court says an initiative petition seeking a public vote on whether to increase the oil and gas production tax to help fund education can move forward. The court ruled on Monday that the petition is “legally sufficient” to be submitted to a vote of the people. Supporters will now have a 90-day window to gather about 124,000 signatures. The proposal by Restore Oklahoma Now, Inc. would increase the tax on oil and gas production […]

  • Oklahoma court removes some language in Pruitt open records ruling

    OKLAHOMA CITY –  An Oklahoma appeals court has removed language that was critical of the state attorney general’s office in an Open Records Act case involving communications between then-Attorney General Scott Pruitt and major energy companies as well as the Republican Attorney General’s Association. The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled Monday the trial judge’s characterization of the office as an “abject failure” in complying with the law was “surplus and unnecessary.” The wording is in a 2017 ruling that […]

  • Police: Fleeing driver crashes at Tulsa airport gate

    TULSA, Okla. –  Police say a chase ended when the pickup they were pursuing crashed outside the arrival gate at Tulsa International Airport. Tulsa police Sgt. Shane Tuell said it happened Monday morning, but it was unclear why an officer was chasing the driver. Tuell said he wasn’t sure what the truck crashed into. It also wasn’t clear if there were any injuries, although an ambulance was called to the scene. An airport spokeswoman and a spokeswoman for Tulsa ambulance […]

  • Oklahoma school district gives $1,000 bonus to teachers, staff

    GLENPOOL, Okla. –  Officials in an Oklahoma school district recently surprised teachers and other employees with $1,000 bonuses as a potential statewide teacher walkout looms. The Tulsa World reports that the Glenpool school district joined many area districts on March 12 when it approved a resolution “in support of Oklahoma public school teachers” and authorized school closings in the event of a teacher walkout. Glenpool school officials say the surprise bonuses don’t solve the bigger-picture problem of low pay, but […]

  • Southwest Airlines gets permit for Honolulu airport space

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – Officials say Southwest Airlines has been granted a permit to operate at the Honolulu airport. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Dallas-based carrier was issued a revocable permit this month for space at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Southwest says it still intends to sell tickets this year for flights between the mainland and Hawaii, but it’s not ready to announce flight routes. Southwest had planned to begin offering Hawaii flights by the end of this year, […]

  • GOP confronts another failed tax experiment in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Republicans in Oklahoma are confronting a serious budget crisis that began after they took full control of state government in 2010. GOP lawmakers tried to make the state a model of conservative principles, with lower taxes, lighter regulation and lots of business-friendly reforms. But, those moves have left Oklahoma painfully short of money. Now, agencies that were cut during the Great Recession have been slashed even deeper. Rural hospitals are closing, and teachers are considering a statewide […]

  • Authorities say arson suspected in Oklahoma grass fires

    SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – Authorities said arson is suspected in a series of grass fires that burned acreage and forced evacuations in northeastern Oklahoma. Sand Springs police are searching for two individuals who might have ignited a blaze that slowed traffic for several hours due to thick smoke that reduced visibilities on Friday afternoon. The Osage Casino in Sand Springs was evacuated and part of a busy expressway was shut down while firefighters battled the series of grass fires. Casino […]

  • Texas authorities: At least 12 arrested for animal ritual

    SAN ANTONIO – Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County sheriff’s deputies found dead and dismembered animals in a San Antonio-are home Friday night after receiving calls that animals were being sacrificed. Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez says that deputies saw more than a dozen people inside a garage where a woman was cutting up animal parts while another person […]

  • Italian tissue paper manufacturer announces $360M plant in Oklahoma

    INOLA, Okla. – An Italian tissue paper manufacturer is investing $360 million to build a new plant in northeastern Oklahoma that it says will support 300 area jobs. Sofidel Group announced the plan Friday as it broke ground on the project in Inola, a town of 1,900 people located about 30 miles east of Tulsa. The 1.8-million-square-foot plant is expected to be online by 2020 and will be able to produce 120,000 tons of tissue paper annually. Hundreds of jobs […]

  • 5 plead guilty to drug trafficking charges in Oklahoma

    TULSA, Okla. – Five Oklahoma residents have pleaded guilty to participating in a drug trafficking ring they allege was led by a state prison inmate. The Tulsa World reports that 31-year-old Rachael Georgia Danley; 23-year-old Ashton Chase Manicom; 30-year-old Jeremy Dallas Mann; 36-year-old Matthew Ray Stroud; and 46-year-old Todd Allen Pryer pleaded guilty this week to various drug-related counts. Attorneys for the accused drug ring leader and his girlfriend, 35-year-old Slint Kenneth Tate and 36-year-old Robin Tracy Zumwalt, say that […]

  • Oklahoma voters could address tax hike threshold

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma voters would get to decide whether to make it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes under a bill that has narrowly cleared the House. House Joint Resolution 1050 passed Thursday on a bipartisan 51-41 vote. The measure now heads to the Senate. The bill would lower the state constitution’s three-fourth’s majority requirement needed for the Legislature to pass a tax increase to a two-third’s majority. Oklahoma’s three-fourth’s criteria is among the highest in the nation. […]