- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

Oklahoma at 1 a.m. CDT

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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

SCHOOL SHELTERS


OKLAHOMA CITY - A plan supported by Gov. Mary Fallin to help Oklahoma school districts pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms was soundly defeated Thursday by the state House, two days after the anniversary of a massive tornado that struck Moore and killed seven students at an elementary school. House members voted 61-34 against the measure that called for a statewide vote on whether to give school districts a one-time increase in their bonding capacity to help pay for the safety upgrades. The bill’s author, Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, kept the measure alive by holding it over for possible reconsideration. By Tim Talley. SENT: 610 words.

OIL PRODUCTION-TAX INCENTIVE

OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill to adjust a tax incentive for oil and gas production in Oklahoma is headed to the governor’s desk after the House and Senate both approved it on Thursday, one day before the Legislature is expected to adjourn the session. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 545 words.

INCOME TAX CUT-LAWSUIT

OKLAHOMA CITY - A lawsuit claims income tax cut legislation approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenged legislation in the past. By Tim Talley. SENT: 535 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DISTRICT ATTORNEY-EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

TULSA - Rogers County District Attorney Janice Steidley said Thursday she’s taking private measures to beef up her personal security after an explosive device detonated in her home mailbox earlier this week. The device went off at Steidley’s Verdigris residence on Tuesday - the same day she was cleared by a multi-county grand jury of accusations brought by local law enforcement officials alleging wrongdoing, including witness tampering. Steidley told The Associated Press Thursday she believes the two events are related and that someone was trying to send her a message that she could be harmed in her home. By Justin Juozapavicius. SENT: 440 words.

HANTAVIRUS DEATH

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday confirmed the state’s first hantavirus death of 2014. The Texas County man died due to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a disease carried by wild rodents, and health officials believe the victim was exposed after dust was stirred into the air while cleaning a rodent-infested area, said Becky Coffman, an epidemiologist at the department. SENT: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

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