OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime Democratic legislator says he plans to push for a statewide vote to require the Legislature to conduct ``zero-based'' budgeting on state agencies every four years.
Rush Springs Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman said Monday he plans to introduce a joint resolution during the next session that if approved would send a proposed constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is visiting Oklahoma and calling state House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton a ``rising star'' within the GOP.
Chairman Reince Priebus met with Shannon and other state GOP leaders on Monday to discuss the party's plans to grow and have better success in presidential elections.
Shannon is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and is the first African-American to serve as House speaker in Oklahoma. Shannon joked that Priebus wanted to visit Oklahoma because ``he knows we do it right.''
Gov. Mary Fallin has pushed for a tax cut since she took office in 2010. Today, she signed into law a bill to cut Oklahoma's top income tax rate to 5 percent in 2015.
The bill reduces the state's top income rate that most Oklahomans pay from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The second tax cut is contingent on total revenue growth for Fiscal Year 2016 being equal to or greater than the fiscal impact of a .15 percent tax cut.
A human rights activist from Pakistan who founded an all-girls school and his 15-year-old daughter who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban have been honored by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
Memorial officials presented the 2013 Reflections of Hope Award to Ziauddin Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai on Monday.
Supporters of passenger rail service through Wichita are joining forces with officials in Oklahoma and Missouri.
A letter of support signed by the mayors of Wichita, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., was unveiled Friday on the eve of National Train Day.
Rail supporters say they want to close the 185-mile service gap between Oklahoma City and Wichita. They contend creating daily passenger rail service between the two cities would strengthen the existing regional network throughout the I-35 corridor that stretches from San Antonio to Kansas City, Mo.
"The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names — as the agency admitted Friday — to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to 'make America a better place to live,' " The Wall Street Journal reports.
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that an Indiana farmer infringed on Monsanto's patent when he planted soybeans that had been genetically modified by Monsanto without buying them from the agribusiness giant.
In Turkey, officials have arrested nine people in connection with what authorities say were two car bombs that killed 46 people near the Syrian border Saturday. Turkish officials say the suspects are Turkish civilians who are loyal to the Syrian regime.
"The bombs exploded in the border town of Reyhanli, which has been a gathering point for refugees, aid workers and smugglers bringing supplies into Syria to aid the effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad's regime," NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul for our Newscast Desk.
It took neighbors' help for Amanda Berry to escape through the bolted storm door of the Cleveland home where authorities say she and two other women were held captive for nearly a decade. After she emerged, the women and Berry's daughter were rescued.
Until today, there's been a rush of news related to the kidnapping of three young women in Cleveland, their rescue after a decade in captivity and the chilling details that have emerged about what they went through. Now, the news has slowed. We suspect there will be less to report in coming days, but we'll watch for important developments.