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Gov. Mary Fallin at the Tulsa Regional Chamber to announce a $170 million Macy's fulfillment center in the Tulsa area - December 17, 2013.
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A new Macy's fulfillment center to be built near Owasso is expected to create 2,500 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs.

Macy's vice president Frank Julian announced during a press conference at the Tulsa Regional Chamber Tuesday that construction on the the 1.3-million-square-foot facility is expected to begin next spring and shipping orders will start in summer 2015.

The facility is expected to create 1,500 full-time and part-time jobs as well as an additional 1,000 temporary seasonal workers to be hired each year.

Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) announce their tax cut proposal in the Blue Room of the State Capitol - April 23, 2013.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a bill passed last session to cut the state's personal income tax and provide $120 million for repairs to the Capitol is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision released Tuesday, the court ruled the bill violated the state constitution's ban on logrolling, or including multiple subjects in a single bill.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has named Patrick Pickerill to a vacant associate district judge position in Pawnee County.

Pickerill, of Cleveland, has been in private practice since 1995 with Pickerill Law Offices, a general practice law firm that focuses on wrongful death cases, trusts and real estate. He also has served as a municipal judge for Oilton and city attorney for Jennings.

Pickerill has served the past eight years as president of the Pawnee County Bar Association. He also is a member of the Osage Nation Bar Association.

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At least 37 state agencies hope to spend more than an additional $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to budget requests submitted to the Office of Management and Enterprises Services.

The agencies will be asking Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature to provide the bulk of that money, $806.0 million, the requests show.

The remainder would come from state revolving funds, $41.2 million, and the federal government, $277.2 million, the requests indicate.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order on the adoption of the federal Common Core Education Standards.

The governor says the order is intended to "prevent federal overreach" and protect student privacy.

READ FALLIN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE

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Gov. Mary Fallin is warning state agency heads to look for ways to save money amid more than $60 million in mandatory spending increases on health care and reports of lackluster collections to the state's general revenue fund.

Fallin said Monday the state will need to make up $60 million in federal matching funds next year for Oklahoma's Medicaid program as a result of an increase in the state's per-capita income.

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A federal judge in Oklahoma City is siding with the Comanche Nation in a dispute with the governor's office over the state's tobacco compact with the southwest Oklahoma tribe.

U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron issued a temporary restraining order on Thursday that allows the Comanche Nation to enjoy the same tobacco compact the state has with the Chickasaw Nation. Under that deal, the $1.03 state tax rate per pack of cigarettes is distributed with 70 percent of the revenue to the tribe and 30 percent to the state.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans a trip to Oklahoma next month for a campaign fundraiser for fellow Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin's campaign announced Tuesday that Christie would attend a "birthday celebration" for Fallin, who is running for her second term as Oklahoma governor next year. The event is set for Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City, four days before Fallin's birthday.

Tickets start at $125 per person for the campaign fundraiser.

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Gov. Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Tulsa Regional Chamber President Mike Neal are praising an agreement that allows American Airlines and US Airways to merge.

The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that the agreement allows the merger that creates the world's biggest airline. The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at certain airports in large cities.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says more than 2.9 million meals were donated to help feed hungry Oklahomans as part of her annual food drive.

Fallin and officials from the state's two largest food banks released the results Thursday from the governor's month long Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive. The results more than double the goal of 1.4 million meals.

The governor kicked off the month long food drive Oct. 1. She had made the food drive her inaugural event after her election in 2010.

The food drive collected 2.6 million meals last year.

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education has voted unanimously to release newly-revised letter-grade report cards for public schools and districts in the state.

The board voted 5-0 Wednesday during a special meeting following a report by State Department of Education officials.

The grades show 354 schools received an A grade, 499 got a B, 472 received a C, 263 got a D, and 163 received an F.

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Former Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge has been appointed secretary of state.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced the appointment Wednesday. Benge will start the position on Nov. 8. The Senate must still confirm the appointment.

As secretary of state, Benge will be a senior adviser to Fallin on policy, economic and legislative issues.

Benge, a Republican from Tulsa, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1998 and served until 2010.

Oklahoma Officials To Visit Bond Rating Agencies

Oct 22, 2013
Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger
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Gov. Mary Fallin, Treasurer Ken Miller and other state officials will meet Wednesday with representatives of the nation’s leading bond rating agencies.

Fallin, Miller, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston Doerflinger, Secretary of State Larry Parman and State Bond Advisor Jim Joseph are scheduled to meet with representatives of Standard and Poor’s Corporation, Fitch Ratings and others.

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Gov. Mary Fallin, who made history as Oklahoma's first female governor, has formally launched her bid for a second term in office.

Fallin announced her bid in an event Thursday morning in Tulsa. She plans stops later in the day at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City and the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton.

Fallin's announcement is no surprise as she's been actively raising money all year.

She reported raising about $550,000 during the second quarter this year and having more than $970,000 in her campaign fund at the end of June.

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A panel is recommending a 12 percent increase for members of the Oklahoma judiciary — a recommendation that could lead to similar raises for all statewide elected officials.

The Board of Judicial Compensation meets every two years to review judicial pay and make recommendations. Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature rejected the board's proposal two years ago, and in 2009, the board didn't recommend any raises.

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Supporters of an initiative petition to fund tornado shelters in Oklahoma schools are gathering the thousands of signatures needed to send the proposal to a statewide vote, but Gov. Mary Fallin won’t be on the list.

The Tulsa World‘s Barbara Hoberock reports the plan, which would use revenue from the state franchise tax to pay the $500 million debt, does not have the governor’s support:

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Apprehension and optimism abound in Oklahoma as the Affordable Care Act shifts into higher gear with the opening of the federally-run health-care marketplace on Oct. 1.

At the same time, residents and business owners are awaiting the unveiling of an “Oklahoma Plan” to expand health coverage and improve health outcomes that Gov. Mary Fallin promised in her State of the State speech earlier this year.

These and other topics were discussed Tuesday evening during Oklahoma Watch’s first “Oklahoma Watch-Out” community forum at Kamps 1910 Café in Oklahoma City.

Dusten Brown with his daughter, Veronica, before her return to her adoptive parents in South Carolina.
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Oklahoma’s governor is looking for ways to keep the father of a Cherokee girl from facing charges in South Carolina.

Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, faces felony charges related to his fight to keep custody of his daughter, Veronica. This week, he turned her over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica’s adoptive  parents.

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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded a $20.3 million federal grant to target medically underserved Oklahomans, especially in rural areas.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday the grant will support potentially life-saving research at Oklahoma's medical centers.

“Money from this grant will be used to support basic and clinical research, and will also be used for translational research,” Fallin says.

Retired Col. Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and Environment, stands in front of a dam at Lake Eufaula.
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Traditionally, Oklahoma’s governor has relied on advice from separate officials representing energy and the environment.

But in July, Gov. Mary Fallin moved to combine the two offices into one. “Strong energy policy is strong environmental policy,” Fallin said in a statement accompanying an executive order creating the new Secretary of Energy and Environment cabinet secretary post.

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