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  • State budget agreement evokes mixed reactions

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Reaction by state agency officials was mixed Tuesday after state lawmakers announced they had reached a tentative budget agreement that calls for a few agencies to receive increases while most would either remain flat or receive small cuts.

  • Oklahoma House approves Indian center proposal, but pop culture museum plan fails in Senate

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma House voted 58-36 Monday in favor of a bond measure to restart construction on the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the Oklahoma River and Interstates 40 and 35. The bill to provide a $25 million cash infusion for the long-stalled project was approved without debate...

  • Court decision sparks request to review make-up of Oklahoma boards

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been asked to review the make-up of Oklahoma’s numerous licensing boards in light of a February U.S. Supreme Court decision that raises questions about whether board members are vulnerable to criminal and civil antitrust actions.

  • Oklahoma City may consider deal for American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    In legislation by House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman, R-Fairview, and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum could be completed with $25 million from the state, matched by the $31 million gathered so far in private and tribal pledges, plus $9...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers discuss budget cuts

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Most areas of Oklahoma government will receive cuts, but discussions are continuing about the size of the reductions for some state agencies. Negotiations were expected to continue with the goal of reaching a budget deal that could be presented to lawmakers as early as Monday.

  • Oklahoma property tax exemption program benefits power plants, wind farms

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    A power plant boom in Oklahoma after 2000 was helped by a property tax exemption in much the same way as wind farm expansion in the last decade. Lawmakers dropped power plants from the program in 2009 and recently passed a bill ending the incentive for wind farms after 2016.

  • Oklahoma Senate votes to end property tax exemption for wind developers

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Senate Bill 498 cleared its final legislative hurdle on Friday and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin. The bill would end the five-year ad valorem property exemption for new wind developers after Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Indian Cultural Center bill clears Oklahoma Senate committee

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    A plan to issue $25 million in bonds to help complete the long-stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City cleared a Senate committee Thursday despite stiff opposition.

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett urges congressional leaders to boost highway funding

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and his counterparts from New York City and other locales make the rounds on Capitol Hill in Washington as the current highway bill is set to expire.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs ballot access bill

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill designed to make it easier for third parties to get on the ballot in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma revenues drop with plunging oil and natural gas revenues

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Plunging oil and natural gas prices have helped cause year-to-date state general revenue fund collections to drop below the official estimate for the first time this fiscal year.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers file resolution concerning stolen art

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Twenty-six Oklahoma state lawmakers filed a resolution Monday calling for the University of Oklahoma to study the ownership history of artwork in its museums to determine if any pieces might have been part of the treasure trove of art work stolen by Nazis in World War II.

  • Oklahoma gay rights advocate continues fight for personalized license plate

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    John P. Keefe, of Edmond, was denied a plate reading “LGBTALY.” He is now asking a judge to intervene in records requests made to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

  • City of Shawnee, Citizen Potawatomi Nation engage in power struggle in Pottawatomie County

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    The city of Shawnee and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation are engaged in a power struggle, with no end or peaceful resolution in sight. The stakes are high, as both sides seem intent to drive their futures in seemingly very different directions. Water, millions in sales tax revenue, service...

  • New Oklahoma state budget expected to be smaller than current one

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    An estimated $611 million less revenue is available this year to the state of Oklahoma, due in part to oil price declines that have reduced tax payments from energy companies.

  • Guthrie bond issue is among several ballot questions in Oklahoma elections Tuesday

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Six months after a previous proposal was defeated at the polls, school officials in Guthrie are asking voters in the district to approve a $16.2 million bond issue. The proposal is one of several questions voters will see on the ballot in Tuesday’s election.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, May 10, 2015

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, May 10, 2015.

  • GOP conference to give Oklahoma City restaurants, hotels a boost

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Convention expected to have an economic impact of more than $2 million on Oklahoma City

  • Delta passengers left stranded during tornado warning

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Dozens of passengers and crews aboard two Delta airplanes endured some terrifying minutes Wednesday as they were left stranded in their planes about 400 feet from the Will Rogers World Airport terminal as ground crews headed underground to ride out a tornado warning.

  • Oklahoma City to host Republican presidential candidates

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Nearly a dozen Republican presidential candidates will converge on Oklahoma in two weeks when the Southern Republican Leadership Conference comes to Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma judges say budget cuts threaten court information website

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Oscn.net is a free internet site that provides details about Oklahoma civil, criminal, probate, small claims and divorce cases at 18 courthouses, as well as appeals at the Oklahoma Capitol. For many Oklahoma counties, the actual legal filings in the cases can be viewed online.



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