OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republicans in Oklahoma are confronting a serious budget crisis that began after they took full control of state government in 2010. GOP lawmakers tried to make the state a model of conservative principles, with lower taxes, lighter regulation and a raft of business-friendly reforms. But those moves have left Oklahoma painfully short of money. The outlook is so grim that some Republicans are willing to consider the ultimate heresy: tax increases to fund education and health care.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued fire warnings for six states in the nation's midsection. The Red Flag warnings issued Friday include most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri. Oklahoma Forestry Services has already requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana, and additional firefighters and equipment are on the way from Georgia and Mississippi.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police say two men found dead in Oklahoma City inside a sport utility vehicle that was reported stolen are believed to be homicide victims. Police Lt Jeff Spruill says the men were found Friday morning after a homeowner called police to report the SUV had crashed into a mailbox about 2 a.m. The names of the two have not been released.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma teachers union has rejected a plan rolled out by Republican state representatives to increase teacher pay, saying the proposal lacked a funding plan. House Speaker Charles McCall announced on Thursday the plan that would give most teachers as much as a $20,000 raise within six years. But the president of the Oklahoma Education Association calls the deal a "political stunt that falls woefully short of the revenue needed to save our schools and keep teachers in Oklahoma classrooms."
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