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Man Charged with Starting Wildfire
Prosecutors in Creek County say the cigarette butt from Billy Cloud
caused a wildfire that burned more than 90 square miles and destroyed
hundreds of homes.
They filed third-degree arson or, in the alternative, unlawful burning
charges against Cloud Wednesday. Both charges are felonies.
Court documents show the fire started on Aug. 2 after Cloud allegedly
threw a cigarette butt into dry grass in his front yard. The affidavit
says the fire that started there burned for six days and destroyed 380
A fire near Luther days earlier is also suspected to be arson. Oklahoma
County Deputies say they do not have any suspects in that case.
And residents near Glencoe say oil pipeline workers started a fire
there in August. They've filed a class-action lawsuit Global Pipeline
Construction LLC. The suit accused the workers of negligent behavior
and violating burn bans while grinding and welding. That fire burned
2,000 acres and destroyed at least 17 homes. The State Fire Marshal
says they could not determine a cause of the fire.
Posted: Wednesday, September 19 2012, 09:01 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. House panel approves $40M for Indian museum
May 20, 2013 17:17 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A plan to divert $40 million in use taxes over three years to help complete construction of an American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River has cleared a House committee.
A House budget panel on Monday voted 13-10 for the measure, which would divert the tax revenue beginning in fiscal year 2015. Use taxes are those paid on Internet purchases and tangible personal property purchased out of state and brought into Oklahoma. The taxes are expected to generate about $244 million next year.
Museum supporters say they've secured $40 million in pledges from private donors and only need one final $40 million appropriation from the Legislature to complete the project.
A separate $40 million for a museum in Tulsa will be considered Monday afternoon.
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