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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Oklahoma lawmakers to consider $141 million in new revenue

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma Legislature are moving quickly now to pass revenue increases before unveiling a formal budget plan that would close an estimated $1.3 billion shortfall. Lawmakers on Thursday took some of their biggest steps yet toward plugging the revenue gap for the fiscal year beginning in July, advancing roughly $274 million in proposed revenue ...

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House mulling tax increases amid record $1.3B shortfall

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With just three weeks left in the legislative session, Republican House leaders this week acknowledged they will consider increased taxes on fuel, services, alcohol and cigarettes as potential options for closing a $1.3 billion hole in the state budget. House Speaker Jeff Hickman said those tax proposals, along with the elimination of tens of millions of ...

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Oklahoma House, Senate committees pass budget legislation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday began the daunting task of addressing a projected $1.3 billion hole in the next state budget, backing legislation that would raise or save roughly $200 million but knowing more difficult haggling lies ahead. Members of House and Senate appropriations committees adopted a series of joint budget bills that would increase revenue, including ...

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Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

Several earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded several small to moderate earthquakes in Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake. The temblor was recorded at 5:27 p.m. Thursday, 1 mile north of Luther — or 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries or damage are reported. The quake is one of ...

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Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

Scientists: Earthquake risk increases in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of a damaging earthquake hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability. In a first-of-its-kind effort, U.S. Geological Survey Monday ...

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