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State Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections for June were down compared to the same month last year, but that as the fiscal year ended Sunday, collections outpaced 2012.
Gross receipts for the month of June were about $976 million, a decrease of about 1.9 percent from June 2012.
“While our monthly numbers are down slightly, the broader picture of annual collections indicate moderate expansion of Oklahoma’s economy,” Miller says. “Broad indictors show there is still reason to be optimistic about our state’s financial course.”
When the sky went black with the May 20 Moore tornado, The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication students, professors, and alumni immediately converged on the area of destruction in OU’s backyard in order to cover the overwhelming story and help get information out to an anxious public.
When the sky went black with the May 20 Moore tornado, Gaylord College students, professors, and alumni immediately converged on the area of destruction in OU's backyard in order to cover the overwhelming story and help get information out to an anxious public.
Oklahoma's attorney general says a court decision favoring Hobby Lobby's fight against parts of the new federal health care law bolsters his fight against the law.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt is challenging parts of the Affordable Care Act. The law imposes tax penalties in certain cases, but federal lawyers say the Anti-Injunction Act prevents Oklahoma from raising questions about taxes before they're levied.
The Moore City Council has tabled a proposal that would have required storm shelters for houses, apartments, mobile homes and group residential housing.
Also Monday, the council delayed voting on a measure that would have required bolting and fastening to strengthen homes against tornadoes. The Norman Transcript reports Mayor Glenn Lewis says the city will meet with local builders before moving forward with the ordinances.
The superintendent of Oklahoma's largest public school district says he will retire Aug. 30.
Karl Springer has led the Oklahoma City Public School District for five years. He said in a statement Monday that it was an honor to "serve as the lead teacher" in the district.
Springer is a retired Army colonel and was superintendent of the Mustang district for eight years before moving to the Oklahoma City school system. He was also in education for more than two decades before working at Mustang.