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Oklahoma News Report

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Oklahoma News Report

February 1, 2010 (28:40)

The Governors last budget calls for elimination or freezing of millions of dollars in tax credits or tax breaks. He also wants to consolidate numerous state agencies. By spending nearly all of the Rainy Day fund he would keep budget cuts in 2011 to 7.5%. Legislative leaders broadly praised the Governors final State of the State speech. Most were pleased with his overall tone of working together to keep the budget balanced. Tulsa firefighters agree to pay cuts to keep their jobs. Tulsa police say no and lose more than 100 jobs. The latest economic indicators show OklahomaÂ’s economy is expanding. The latest figures show the chance of a double dip recession has also gone down significantly. An old back injury has forced state Senator Mike Mazzei to take an indefinite leave of absence. The 2008 injury left the senator with significant nerve damage.

Originally broadcast on February 1, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 29, 2010 (28:39)

The Governors last budget calls for elimination or freezing of millions of dollars in tax credits or tax breaks. He also wants to consolidate numerous state agencies. By spending nearly all of the Rainy Day fund he would keep budget cuts in 2011 to 7.5%. Legislative leaders broadly praised the Governors final State of the State speech. Most were pleased with his overall tone of working together to keep the budget balanced. CTulsa firefighters agree to pay cuts to keep their jobs. Tulsa police say no and lose more than 100 jobs. The latest economic indicators show OklahomaÂ’s economy is expanding. The latest figures show the chance of a double dip recession has also gone down significantly. An old back injury has forced state Senator Mike Mazzei to take an indefinite leave of absence. The 2008 injury left the senator with significant nerve damage.

Originally broadcast on January 29, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 28, 2010 (28:39)

A major ice storm is again making its way across the state, downing power lines, causing major traffic problems and shutting down schools, government and businesses. Damage estimates will begin once the storm is passed, right now the goal is to help people who have lost power. Tulsa police have overwhelmingly voted to reject the last contract concession offer from Mayor Dewey Bartlett. The mayor says the vote means he will go forward with the layoffs of 155 officers. A $15,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of killing his estranged wife and kidnapping her 7-year old daughter. Aja Johnson was last seen last Saturday in Geronimo. 46-year old Lester Hobbs is the chief suspect. We talk with an expert at predicting just how much damage the state will suffer from the ice storm and how long the power may be out especially for rural Oklahomans. Reaction from the states congressional delegation to President ObamaÂ’s first State of the Union Speech.

Originally broadcast on January 28, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 27, 2010 (28:40)

OklahomanÂ’s are stocking up on supplies and getting ready to deal with another major winter storm. The latest tonight from ONR Meteorologist Ross Dixon. Southwest Airlines has cancelled all of its flights beginning after 7:30 am Thursday morning out of Oklahoma City and Tulsa because of the expected storm. Just as another blast of winter weather moves in, the annual homeless count has begun in central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will be sitting with 1st Lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union speech tonight. The 1st Lady invited him to attend to highlight his weight loss program for Oklahoma City. We talk In-Depth tonight with the states top banking official about the proposed new rules the Obama administration wants to put in place for the nations banking system.

Originally broadcast on January 27, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 26, 2010 (28:39)

City, county and state governments are all gearing up for the response they anticipate will be needed to the next big snow storm, due to hit the state early Thursday. That includes e tree trimming companies that are working extra to remove limbs near power lines. Governor Henry says if the state had done what he wanted back in 2006, the Rainy Day fund would now have nearly a billion dollars. He now wants to raise the cap on the fund so when contributions to the fund resume it can grow much higher. State Sen. Randy Brogdon wants to remove the ability to raise tolls on turnpikes from the Turnpike Authority. Brogdon, also a candidate for governor, also wants to restrict the authorityÂ’s ability to issue bonds. Oklahoma continues to lead the nation in the percentage of women behind bars. A major gathering of civic and governmental leaders today again examines the problems and solutions to the female incarceration rate. Be careful when you fill out your tax returns this year. Almost hidden deep down the form is the line for the Making Work Pay tax credit. Do it yourself filers have been missing the new line and not benefiting from the tax credit which is part of the Stimulus Act. We talk with an IRS official about that issue and more as tax time has arrived.

Originally broadcast on January 26, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 25, 2010 (28:40)

Over the weekend the Women’s Resources Center in Norman held an auction and sold off the last of its office equipment and supplies and then closed. Its one casualty in what those involved in helping people recover from domestic violence say, is likely a statewide trend if budget cuts become larger. There is a tentative deal to avoid laying off Tulsa firefighters that is being voted on by Union members through Friday. However, no new tentative deal has been reached with Tulsa police, instead a new offer is on the table but it still involves a 5.2% pay cut. One of Oklahoma’s major union leaders doesn’t care for the new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that removes limits on corporate and labor union campaign donations. Jimmy Curry heads the Oklahoma AFL-CIO and talks live tonight on the ONR on his view of the impact from the high courts decision. He may have missed the January 1st deadline but Governor Brad Henry says he hopes to find a new Chief Information Officer sometime next month. 244 people applied for the job and 55 met the minimum qualifications. About 100 jobs at Claremore –based Centrilift are being lost to Houston. No further information was released on why the Baker-Hughes branch company is moving the jobs out of state.

Originally broadcast on January 25, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 22, 2010 (28:41)

Hundreds of Tulsa police, firefighters and non-uniformed employees lost their jobs today as city officials were unable to find common ground with labor unions on other plans to save money. Mayor Bartlett also asked for the Police Chief Ron Palmer to resign. The state Ethics Commission is voting on new rules to get into compliance with a new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that allows corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited funds for or against political candidates. What can one person do? For an elderly Mustang man, watching senior nutrition programs across the state being shut down due to budget cuts meant he had to do something to help. The story of one manÂ’s effort to feed senior citizens. Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has angered Muslim groups with comments he made during a meeting of the Armed Service Committee. Inhofe endorsed racial and ethic profiling and said all terrorists, with a few exceptions, are Muslims. Where the Jobs are. The special segment from Horizon features the effort to upgrade the states work force to be more competitive in the global market place.

Originally broadcast on January 22, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 21, 2010 (28:39)

19 employees of the Board of Career and Technology Education have resigned as part of a voluntary separation plan because of ongoing state budget cuts. The board was hoping more than 30 workers would take the deal. Senate GOP leaders have rolled out the second half of their agenda for the new session. Public Safety and transportation funding are top priorities plus harsher penalties for human trafficking and making it easier to get a gun license. State employees are now banned from sending text messages while driving. The governor signed an executive order to that effect this morning. Mobile home park owners donÂ’t care for a proposed new law that would require evacuation plans or storm shelters in their parks. Many are concerned about the costs involved. The bills author says he is revamping his measure to meet their concerns. We talk In-Depth tonight with a political science professor on the implications of a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much money as they want endorsing or opposing a specific candidate

Originally broadcast on January 21, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 20, 2010 (28:40)

Oklahoma News Report

Originally broadcast on January 20, 2010


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Oklahoma News Report

January 19, 2010 (28:39)

Altus Air Force personnel are gearing up for deployment to Haiti. The crews of the 58th Airlift Squadron began preparing two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft over the weekend. State Rep. David Dank has a message for House Speaker Chris Benge: support my property tax cap or step down. Benge is not expected to change his opinion on the measure or step down. Dank wants property tax increases capped at three percent, per year. How much would it cost, who would do it and how do you make sure they know what they're doing? All questions the Oklahoma News Report will attempt to get answers for concerning a bill that would require couples to attend pre-marital counseling before being allowed to get a marriage license. It’s one of thousands of new bills lawmakers will begin work on in less than two weeks. Tonight an interview with the governor’s Innovation director for Public Education, on the state’s application for Race to the Top funds. Another Oklahoma museum is struggling to make it through budget cuts and reduced tourism. Officials of the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore are looking for ways to cope with the loss of funds and keep the facility operating. It’s that time of year and free filing is available to Oklahomans to take care of their tax returns. We talk with the IRS about how to do it tonight on the ONR.

Originally broadcast on January 19, 2010