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Okla. Legislature to Have $7B to Spend on Budget
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Legislature will have $7 billion in revenue to spend on the coming fiscal year's budget, an increase of $212 million over what was appropriated in 2013.
The State Board of Equalization approved the final figures on Tuesday, giving legislators the final amount they will have to appropriate to various agencies and programs for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin says her priorities for the additional revenue are increased funding for common education and cut in the personal income tax rate.
As a result of the Tuesday's certification, state finance officials are projecting a surplus of $83 million will be deposited into the state's Rainy Day Fund. That July deposit will increase the amount in the constitutional reserve fund to $660 million, an all-time record.
Posted: Tuesday, February 19 2013, 12:26 PM CST
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Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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