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Senate committee moves to protect core services

State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City

State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget Thursday approved three additional measures aimed at helping close the budget gap for the 2017 fiscal year budget.  The measures approved by the committee reform various tax credits and incentive programs, generating new revenues for the state.

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Cougars too much for TU

TUfootballHouston15aTULSA, OK—A crowd of 17,146 saw the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane fall to the Houston Cougars 38-24 on Saturday afternoon. Both teams were opening conference play in The American and looking for their first win.

The Golden Hurricane were defeated last week in Norman when the OU Sooners handed them a 52-38 loss. The Cougars came into the game sitting on a perfect 3-0 record, with their last game defeating Texas State 59-14.

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Oklahomans support asset forfeiture reform

CivilAssetForfeiturePoll1 Sen. Kyle D. Loveless (R-OKC) today joined with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, the Oklahoma Policy Institute, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma at the state Capitol to release the results of a recent poll commissioned by OCPA and the OKPolicy.

The poll, conducted by SoonerPoll, asked participants a series of questions relating to civil asset forfeiture and law enforcement. 81 percent of respondents had a favorable view of law enforcement officers and 70 percent (69.9%) support legislation requiring a criminal conviction before the government can take ownership of personal property.

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Cherokee corruption revealed, oversight disinvited

Jeffery Pletcher

Jeffery Pletcher

News Analysis: On Wednesday June 17, Jeffery Pletcher, former senior director of marketing for the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa posted video testimony of political corruption he witnessed. In an exclusive interview with Tulsa Today, Pletcher said he has also provided this testimony and further documentation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cherokee National Gaming Commission and the Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Danny C. Williams.

This comes one day after the Cherokee Election Commission informed the internationally recognized Carter Center of the decision by the Commission not to extend an invitation to observe the upcoming Cherokee elections.

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Bingman files legislation for OKPOP

Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture,  Rendering, Historical Society

Museum of Popular Culture, Rendering, Historical Society

Updated: Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman has introduced legislation to provide funding construction for the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, better known as OKPOP. Senate Bill 839 provides a $25 million bond issue for construction of the facility, which will be self-sustaining under a comprehensive business plan.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget approved the OKPOP legislation Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 27 to 13.

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