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9:12 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Oklahoma Budget Talks Center on Cuts, Revenue Streams

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor's office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund programs for education, public safety and child welfare.

The chairmen of the Republican-controlled House and Senate budget committees have been meeting with Governor Mary Fallin's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, along with the fiscal staffs for the three sides.

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9:03 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Oklahoma Dental Groups Oral Surgery Legislation

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature dealing with training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants.

But the head of the state dental board says the language in the bill has been misunderstood.

The Tulsa World reports that the bill would set forth the training required to obtain a permit as an oral surgery dental assistant.

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8:59 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Seaboard, Guymon-based Subsidiary Embracing CNG

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GUYMON, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma pork producer Seaboard Foods is turning to compressed natural gas as a cleaner-burning alternative to diesel or gasoline.

Subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy began using CNG-fueled trucks to deliver its biodiesel last year, when it added 45 new trucks to its fleet.

The Oklahoman reports that number now has grown to 103, with Seaboard Foods CEO Terry Holton saying it could go even higher.

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9:09 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Court Denies Inmates' Request to Stop Executions

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied the request by two death row inmates to stop their executions, saying it disagrees with a state Supreme Court ruling that the appellate court is the only one that may issue a stay.

In a 3-2 decision Friday, the Criminal Appeals court denied a request from lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Lawyers had asked for an emergency stay while other courts sort out the inmates' lawsuit against the state over what they called a "veil of secrecy" surrounding execution protocol.

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9:07 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Hearing Set for Oklahoma Woman in 1992 Case

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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson's mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank.

The May 12th hearing was scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp's 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp's 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear.

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9:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Whole Foods Recalls Croissants over Undeclared Egg

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

The recalled item is sold with a Whole Foods market scale label reading "mini butter croissants" in six-pack plastic containers with a "Best by" date of April 21st through April 23rd. It also has a uniform product code of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label.

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3:26 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Hits Five-Year Low in March

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate has fallen to a five-year low, dropping below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the state's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March, down from 5 percent in February. With the help of a booming oil and natural gas industry, Oklahoma's unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 6.7 percent.

The OESC reports about 89,400 Oklahomans were unemployed in March.

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11:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Oklahoma AG Appeals District Court Decision

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs.

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10:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Hearing to Be Set for Oklahoma Woman in 1992 Case

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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing is expected to be set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson's mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank.

A hearing is scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp's 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp's 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear.

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10:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sonic Plans Expansion Over 10 Years

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. says it plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent.

Sonic now has about 3,500 drive-ins in 44 states. Sonic's chief development and strategy officer John Budd says the company has a goal to expand into all 50 states.

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