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New Bills for Oklahoma Legislature Announced Today
The filing deadline for bills in the new Oklahoma Legislature session is now over, and will be released later today.
Hundreds of bills were filled before yesterday afternoon's deadline.
One of the bills is designed to protect the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans. Senator Natham Dahm filed three bills relating to guns. One would oppose unconstitutional laws and orders from the federal government. Another would allow any Oklahoman at least 21-years-old, and not convicted of a felony, to keep a pistol in their vehicle for self-defense.
There are also several bills filed to address Oklahoma's income tax structure. One proposal from Republican Sen. Patrick Anderson of Enid would replace Oklahoma's 5.25% income tax rate with a flat tax of 2.95%.
And finally, another bill, the Personhood Act of 2013, says life begins at conception and is similar to a bill that failed last year.
The new session officially begins February 4th.
Posted: Friday, January 18 2013, 08:17 AM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado hits OKC suburb, kicking up debris
May 19, 2013 22:29 GMT
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- A tornado kicked up debris in an Oklahoma City suburb and threatened a number of tourist attractions on historic Route 66 before growing into a larger storm that rolled across rural parts of central Oklahoma.
Television footage Sunday showed a tornado at Edmond . The storm threatened a novelty soda-pop store and a historic barn in the small town of Arcadia, then grew into a larger storm as it moved northeastward a few miles north of the Turner Turnpike between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
The Storm Prediction Center had forecast a moderate risk of severe weather in Oklahoma and adjacent portions of Kansas and Missouri.
TV video also showed power flashes from transformers blowing out as they were hit by high winds or debris.
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From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..Tornado Watch currently in effect for central and eastern Oklahoma until 11pm this evening. Dry line is currently in between central and western Oklahoma with storms just starting to fire up. ...
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.