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Oklahoma Lawmakers Begin Agency Budget Hearings
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers will begin analyzing the budget requests of various agencies during a series of meetings next week at the state Capitol.
Various House and Senate appropriations subcommittees are scheduled to meet over the next two weeks to hear from agency officials about their funding needs.
Oklahoma lawmakers are projected to have an estimated $170 million in additional revenue for the upcoming fiscal year, although the final amount won't be determined until February. But Oklahoma's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger says agencies already have submitted requests for more than $1 billion in new spending.
Subcommittee hearings will begin on Tuesday in the House and Senate and continue through Jan. 31.
The 54th Oklahoma Legislature will convene on Feb. 4.
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Posted: Monday, January 21 2013, 04:30 PM CST
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Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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