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Oklahoma Balanced Budget Bill Likely Dead For Session
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The sponsor of an Oklahoma bill that would call for a convention to propose a federal balanced budget amendment says the bill is likely dead for this year's legislative session.
Republican Rep. Gary Banz says he asked the House States' Rights Committee not to take up the bill in its last meeting Tuesday. That makes it unlikely to resurface unless the Legislature brings it up as a nonbinding resolution.
The bill would have added Oklahoma to the list of states calling for an amendment proposal convention. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 29 states currently have that call on the books.
Two-thirds of the states would have to make such a call for a convention to happen, which hasn't happened since the writing of the U.S. Constitution.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26 2013, 07:01 PM CST
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3rd grader who loved to sing among tornado victims
May 22, 2013 22:42 GMT
By RAMIT MASTI and SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma man who grandson was killed when a tornado struck his school says the 8-year-old loved soccer and had a huge smile.
Marvin Davis said Wednesday that his grandson, Kyle Davis, has sought shelter in the Plaza Towers Elementary School gymnasium when something like a rock or beam fell on the back of his neck.
Twenty-three others were killed when Monday's massive tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Ten of the victims, including Kyle, were children.
JaNae Hornsby also died at Plaza Towers. Her father says the 9-year-old third grader loved to sing and be a big sister. Joshua Hornsby says his daughter was among those who suffocated beneath the debris.
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