The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state's nearly 100-year-old Capitol.
House members voted 62-34 against the Senate-passed measure that is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2014 Legislature. The bill's author, Rep. Skye McNeil of Bristow, kept the measure alive by serving notice that she may ask the House to reconsider the vote.
Supporters and opponents agree that the Capitol needs extensive repairs. But they disagree on how to pay for them.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials say additional cracks have been found on a bridge that connects two towns and has been closed since January.
Officials announced Tuesday during a news conference that two new cracks have developed on the 76-year-old bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell. The extra repair work is expected to cost an additional $1 million to $1.5 million, for a total project cost of about $15.5 million.
Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed Senate Bill 1456, a measure that would allow regulated electric utilities to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.
Scattered severe storms could develop along a dry line developing over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle Wednesday, but National Weather Service meteorologists are starting to predict the possibility of a more significant severe weather threat this weekend.
Forecaster Marc Austin says the main hazards Wednesday consist of baseball-sized hail, and damaging 70-80 mile-per-hour wind gusts.
Sheriffs from across the state are gathering at the state Capitol to voice concern about the increasing number of state prisoners who are being removed from county jails and processed into the state prison system.
Many of the sheriffs who packed the Senate gallery on Tuesday count on the $27 daily per-prisoner reimbursement from the state to help fund jail operations, like medical and food contracts.
An organization that wants to place storm shelters in Oklahoma's public schools says it's abandoning the effort and will launch a second petition following the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to stand by an earlier ruling in the case.