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  • Obama proposing $478 billion public works program in budget

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades. The grab-bag of proposals, many recycled from...

  • Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe. It is only the second...

  • Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says state laws governing the $46 billion payday lending industry often...

  • Oklahoma rethinking child welfare system

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Millions of federal dollars that Oklahoma had been spending on foster care will be shifted to pay for intensive in-home services designed to keep families together under a program set to begin in July.

  • Proposed Oklahoma higher education laws target guns on campus, seek more scholarship money

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Oklahoma lawmakers filed fewer bills that pertain to higher education this year, but more of those bills are about guns.

  • Obama condemns slaying of Japanese journalist by IS

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling the slaying of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a "heinous murder" and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing a "barbaric act." An online video released Saturday purports...

  • Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care....

  • Ga. Democrats re-elect party chairman after 2014 losses


    MACON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrats re-elected DuBose Porter at the party's state committee meeting on Saturday in Macon, giving the chairman his first full term at the helm as the party tries to recover from statewide losses in the midterm elections. Porter defeated one challenger, Rockdale...

  • Oklahoma Parole Board grants few approvals

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Of the 322 inmates considered for parole in January, only 30 were approved by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

  • Obama mingles with power brokers at Alfalfa Club luncheon


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon. The gathering was at the home of lawyer Vernon Jordan, a confidant to President Bill Clinton. According to club history, the club is named after the alfalfa because the plant extends its...

  • Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to...

  • Pile of daunting challenges ahead for next defense secretary


    WASHINGTON (AP) — As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning. Chuck Hagel, the man Carter would replace if confirmed, as expected,...

  • White House grapples with fraught terrorism language


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of "Islamic extremism,"...

  • 5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A quick quiz: Monday is — a) Groundhog Day b) Budget Day c) A day for repeating the same old arguments over spending and taxes, only louder. d) All of the above. If you picked "d," you're in the proper spirit for federal Budget Day, which appropriately falls on Groundhog...

  • Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress have never had a better chance of repealing the tax on medical devices. Though they're backed by Democrats from states where that industry provides lots of jobs, abolishing the tax won't be easy. That's because of a possible...

  • Oklahoma, Arkansas families seek tougher law for intoxicated boaters

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The families of a former Miss Teen Oklahoma and her close friend who died in an alcohol-related Grand Lake boat crash would like to strengthen laws so an individual caught by law enforcement intoxicated and operating a boat will have his or her driver’s license suspended.

  • Candidates will contest three Oklahoma City Council seats; Greenwell draws no challengers

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    A total of 11 candidates filed for the four council seats on the March 3 ballot; Shadid, Salyer seek re-election.

  • Oklahoma City councilman appeals downtown bus station demolition

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    A hearing is set March 5 on a request by Ed Shadid to review a decision to allow demolition of the 1940s-era structure in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas...

  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker previews likely White House theme

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Criticizing Washington as a city of power-hungry elites, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday offered a preview of his likely White House message between private job interviews with those looking to help his expected presidential campaign. "As much as I like coming here, I...

  • Idaho panel calls for collaboration on federal land takeover

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative panel is urging Idaho lawmakers to pursue a collaborative approach while seeking to assume control of federally managed public land. The committee approved sending their report to legislative leaders on Friday after two years of study. The report follows...



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