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  • Oklahoma House approves tax cut, sends bill to Gov. Mary Fallin

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 34 min ago

    A bill cutting Oklahoma’s top income tax rate by 0.25 percent was approved by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday and is on its way to the governor.

  • Air Force base in Oklahoma to get Pegasus aircraft

    Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    ALTUS, Okla. (AP) — Altus Air Force Base has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as the formal training unit for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker aircraft. Air Force officials made the announcement Wednesday. McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas was also selected as the first active operating base for the tankers. Both bases will begin receiving aircraft in 2016. Air Force officials say the KC-46A aircraft is intended to replace an aging fleet of tankers that have been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years. Officials say since the Altus base already has a formal training unit, it will take less manpower for the training operation.

  • Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal

    Updated: 40 min ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job. The equal pay proposal by New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson received the backing Wednesday of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee. Supporters said Louisiana has the second largest gender pay gap in the country. Peterson said pay inequity in the state hurts the morale and welfare of Louisianians. Opponents of the proposal include business organizations, but they did not testify Wednesday before the committee.

  • Missouri House panel mulls impeaching governor

    Updated: 41 min ago

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-led Missouri House committee is holding a hearing on multiple measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The hearing on three separate impeachment resolutions includes one citing Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who married legally in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Another measure is critical of the amount of time the governor took to call special elections to fill legislative vacancies. The final measure under consideration by the Judiciary Committee would impeach Nixon for his refusal to fire officials involved with the Revenue Department's decision last year to scan driver's license applicants' personal documents into a computer system.

  • Welcome back, Peach Bowl

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 47 min ago

    When the new College Football Playoff settled on a six-bowl format for its national semifinal rotations, it needed to add two bowls to the four that had made up the BCS. Two bowls to join the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange.

  • Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

    Updated: 48 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama's four-country Asia swing that began Wednesday. He may decide during the trip whether to levy new economic sanctions on Moscow, a step that would signal the failure of an international agreement aimed at defusing the crisis.

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Under a law just signed by Georgia's governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it's OK. A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered to watch Wednesday's bill signing by Gov. Nathan Deal with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse. Also under the law passed this session, school districts would now be able, if they choose, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue ramp to Interstate 40 closed in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The state Transportation Department reported that the Pennsylvania Avenue ramp to eastbound Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City will be closed until 3 p.m. Thursday.

  • What the National Weather Service is saying about today and the weekend ...

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: (For UPDATED National Weather Service, Norman information go to: ) This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of northern… western…central…and southern Oklahoma…and western north Texas.

  • Silver Alert for Stillwater woman canceled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A Silver Alert for an 86-year-old Stillwater woman was canceled Wednesday when the woman was located, police said.

  • Why liberals have fallen for Thomas Piketty

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    (c) 2014, Slate. NEW YORK — It sounds like a bad joke: America's liberals have fallen for a Marx-referencing, Balzac-loving French intellectual who has proposed a worldwide tax on wealth. If Thomas Piketty (pronounced "Tome-AH PEEK-et-ee") were not traveling around the United States on a triumphant book tour, you might think Rush Limbaugh had made the man up in one of his more blustery rants. But no, he is quite real. "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Piketty's 685-page tome about the history and future of inequality, has improbably climbed to No. 1 on Amazon's best-seller list. (The book's title is only its first Marx allusion.) As of this writing, "Capital" is beating out such fare as the young adult hit "The Fault i

  • Oklahoma Senate kills bill for aging prisoner release

    Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to allow some aging prisoners to be released from prison early has been shot down in the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate voted 29-14 on Wednesday against the Parole of Aging Prisoners Act. The bill would have allowed the state Pardon and Parole Board to parole prisoners who are 65-years-old or older if they have served 10 years in prison or at least one-third of their sentence. Sex offenders or those convicted of one of about two dozen crimes that require inmates to serve 85 percent of their sentences would not have been eligible for the program. The bill specifically targeted inmates who pose what was called “minimal public safety risks.” Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of

  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A Kansas judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning’s petition to legally change her name from Bradley Manning. District Judge David King is slated to consider Manning’s request later Wednesday in a Leavenworth County courtroom. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and isn’t expected to attend the hearing. The former intelligence analyst said in August that she wants to be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning instead of Bradley Edward Manning and to be treated as a woman. Manning filed the court petition as the first step toward getting her Army records changed.

  • Russia renews threat to respond in Ukraine as truce falters

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine edged closer to a new round of hostilities Wednesday after the government in Kiev said it's resuming operations to oust militants from eastern cities and Russia pledged to defend its citizens in the neighboring country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is prepared to retaliate if its "legitimate interests" are "attacked directly," drawing a parallel with its actions during a 2008 war over the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia.

  • First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. First lady Michelle Obama was announcing the launch of the new Veterans Employment Center on Wednesday at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans' jobs summit organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor.

  • Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to car thief

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped Madison police track down a suspected car thief. The car was stolen Monday about 4:30 a.m. The driver parked at a hotel with the key in the ignition, and when he walked inside he heard his car start up. Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, who was seen eating something. A police officer found a half-eaten cinnamon roll in the parking lot. He went to a nearby restaurant that sells similar pastries, and a staffer there described the customer. The staffer also noted that the man had been dropped off by a Sun Prairie police officer, after the friend who'd been driving him was arrested for drunken driving. Sun Prairie police helped the Madison officer locat

  • Legendary OU coach, Bud Wilkinson, would have been 98 on April 23

    Don Gammill | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Twenty years after his death, Charles Burnham "Bud" Wilkinson is remembered as one of the greatest college football coaches in history. His University of Oklahoma teams, between 1947 and 1963, set a record of 47 consecutive wins that still stands today. His Sooners won three national titles, 14 conference championships, won 74 straight conference games and were 145-29-4 overall. Wilkinson was born April 23, 1916, in Minneapolis. He would have been 98 on April 23.

  • It isn't news, but look at this creepy hornets nest

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    I came across this on reddit and thought I’d share. #NightmaresForDays

  • Warm, windy Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Temperatures will be near 85 degrees Wednesday in central Oklahoma. Winds will gust up to 32 mph, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Conservatives to protest Eric Holder’s Oklahoma trip

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Some conservative politicians and activists are planning to protest U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech to a group of graduating Oklahoma City Police Department cadets. Holder is scheduled to address the class of 42 police recruits during their swearing-in ceremony Thursday afternoon at First Church in downtown Oklahoma City. The 35 men and seven women were among 52 recruits who started the 30-week physical and academic training academy. But Holder’s visit is raising concern among activists and lawmakers in Oklahoma, including Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford, a candidate for U.S. Senate. Lankford said in a statement Holder’s visit was inappropriate given what he called Holder’s “tactics of