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Copy of Governor Mary Fallin's executive order 2015-48
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Gov. Mary Fallin is ordering state agencies to sell underused property to raise money that will pay for building maintenance and help offset projected revenue shortfalls.

Fallin issued an executive order Wednesday calling for the state to sell off undeveloped land, unused or underused office buildings, warehouses and residences.

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Oklahoma finance officials say revenue collections to the state government's main operating fund are continuing to slide, increasing the possibility of a revenue failure and mandatory cuts in allocations to state agencies before the end of the fiscal year.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the state's General Revenue Fund in September were about 1 percent below the estimate upon which the current year's budget is based.

CDC map illustrating the 35 states impacted by the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona, as of October 5, 2015
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

One person has died in Oklahoma as a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infection linked to imported cucumbers continues.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Monday, 732 people infected with outbreak strains of salmonella have been reported in 35 states.  The Oklahoma death brings the total number of fatalities to four.

President Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on July 16, 2015
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Federal inmates who met with President Barack Obama at an Oklahoma prison during the filming of a documentary in July are hopeful the show will influence policymakers.

About 50 inmates gathered at the El Reno federal prison Wednesday to watch the premiere of Fixing the System, a Vice on HBO special report.

Bison grazing
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The Cherokee Nation is set to receive a tractor-trailer load of bison to add to the tribe's herd on its 1,000-acre ranch in the unincorporated Kenwood community in northeastern Oklahoma.

The tribe is to receive about 50 bison from a national park in South Dakota on Thursday after acquiring the animals from the InterTribal Buffalo Council. The Cherokee Nation had gone 40 years without raising bison until last year and now has 68 head of bison on its ranch.

Carly Fiorina speaking at a coffee reception and fundraising event in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
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Carly Fiorina is the latest Republican presidential hopeful scheduled to visit Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association says the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will speak Sept. 29 at a town hall discussion with independent oil and natural gas producers in Oklahoma City. The event is by invitation only and is not open to the public.

Fiorina is coming off a strong performance in last week's Republican presidential candidate debate.

Former Lt. Governor, Jari Askins
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Former Democratic state legislator, special judge and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has been hired to oversee Oklahoma's court system.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif announced Askins' hiring on Friday as the state's administrative director of the courts, effective Oct. 1.

Reif says Askins' hiring was a "conference decision" in which all nine justices participated. She will replace longtime administrator Michael Evans, who is retiring.

Reif says Askins will earn the same as a judge on the Court of Civil Appeals, or $138,235.

prison bars
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The head of an Oklahoma prison workers group says the stabbing deaths of four white inmates at a private prison in Cushing were the result of violence between two white prison gangs that also spilled over into other state prisons.

Oklahoma state flag
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The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $12.5 million to 13 Oklahoma tribes to improve public safety and programs for crime victims.

They grants are among 206 national awards totaling more than $97 million announced Wednesday for American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees.

Alton Nolen in a 2011 photo from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

An Oklahoma judge has ordered a jury trial to determine whether a man charged in the beheading death of a co-worker is mentally competent to be tried for first-degree murder.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley scheduled an Oct. 26 competency trial for 31-year-old Alton Nolen, who is charged in the Sept. 25, 2014, slaying of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at a food processing plant in Moore.

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At least three people want to be the next chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.

The Tulsa World reports that party Vice Chairwoman Estela Hernandez, Robert Hubbard of Yukon and Pam Pollard of Midwest City are seeking the post that became vacant when former state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso stepped down as chairman.

Hernandez is serving as interim chairwoman. The 38-year-old Hernandez, who owns a small business with her husband, says she wants to build relationships within the party and will be an effective fundraiser.

Three earthquakes have shaken parts of central and northern Oklahoma in less than one hour.

The U.S. Geological Survey said all three quakes were recorded Monday between 12:10 p.m. and 1:08 p.m.

The first was recorded about six miles north-northwest of Perry in Noble County, about 60 miles north of Oklahoma City. Geologists say the 2.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of about three miles.

pumping gas
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Gasoline prices across parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma are at some of their lowest levels in more than a decade, aiding consumers but worrying segments of the economy that rely on oil prices being high.

The Oklahoman reported Thursday that prices could fall to around $1.70 for a gallon of regular gasoline in Oklahoma by the end of the year, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said nationwide prices could reach an average of $2.03 per gallon in December.

Former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello
Oklahoma Labor Commission

The widow of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello is asking Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to appoint her to the remainder of her late husband's term. 

Cathy Costello made the request in a letter delivered to Fallin's office Tuesday. Among other things, it says she and her late husband have been partners since they were married and that state law allows the surviving spouse of an elected official to serve out the official's unexpired term.

Ryan LaCroix / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is continuing his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol, despite an order from the state's highest court that it must be removed. 

Pruitt on Thursday filed a brief in state court alleging that the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling "evinces a hostility towards religion."

Christian Costello at the Oklahoma County Jail Monday after his Sunday arrest for the stabbing death of his father, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father. 

Christian Costello appeared in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of his father,Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

The 26-year-old Costello said nothing as Hall entered the not guilty plea and appointed the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office to represent him. Hall set a preliminary hearing for Sept. 24.

Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Michigan are urging leaders in every state to impose state-based sanctions against Iran in response to a nuclear accord between Iran, the U.S. and other nations. 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent a letter Monday encouraging sanctions to prohibit the investment of state assets in Iran.

The U.S. negotiated alongside other nations for nearly two years before finalizing an accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

Ryan LaCroix / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has instructed a judge to implement a ruling that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed. 

The state's highest court issued the mandate Thursday to carry out its June 30 decision that the monument is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates a state constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion. The 7-2 ruling was reaffirmed last month when the court denied a rehearing sought by Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Christian Costello at the Oklahoma County Jail Monday after his Sunday arrest for the stabbing death of his father, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

Oklahoma City police investigators believe the deadly stabbing of a prominent politician by his son was a premeditated attack and that the suspect intentionally separated his father and mother before the assault took place. 

Those details were disclosed in a police affidavit filed Wednesday as part of a request for a search warrant for a condominium where 26-year-old Christian Costello lived. Costello has been jailed on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder for the Sunday night stabbing death of his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

photo of slot machine
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Leaders with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation are working to address an $18 million shortfall in the tribe's gaming budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

Principal Chief George Tiger addressed members of the tribe's National Council during an emergency meeting Thursday night. Tiger says he hopes the council takes the issue seriously because a budget must be approved before the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

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