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News Recap for Dec. 18, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

News Recap for Dec. 18, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing)

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Equalization Board approves income tax cut for FY 2016 (access required)

By Marie Price and Emily Summars The Journal Record Thursday’s State Equalization Board meeting ended with just enough revenue to trigger the 2016 income tax cut, but potentially not enough to forestall additional budget cuts for state agencies.

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2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization (access required)

By Grant Schultte Associated Press  Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

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Oklahoma prisons lawyer says he felt pressured (access required)

By Sean Murphy Associated Press A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma’s prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor’s and attorney general’s offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn’t have the drugs yet to carry them out.

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OKC officials approve mental health hospital plans (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The Oklahoma City Council has approved a company’s plans to build an adult mental health and substance abuse treatment hospital.

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Oklahoma revenues sufficient to trigger tax cut (access required)

By Sean Murphy Associated Press Oklahoma’s revenue projections have increased enough over the last year to trigger an income tax cut in 2016, state finance officials announced Wednesday.

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Oklahoma receives $2 million grant for health care (access required)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The state of Oklahoma has received a $2 million dollar grant to improve the quality and affordability of health care.

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News Recap for Dec. 17, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing) (access required)

News Recap for Dec. 17, 2014 (same-day news compilation of articles for ease of printing)

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Capitol challenges: Minnesota, Kansas offer words of advice for Oklahoma (access required)

By Marie Price The Journal Record Vic Thorstenson of Minnesota has some advice for states renovating their capitol buildings.

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Doctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution (access required)

By Sean Murphy Associated Press A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution told a federal judge Wednesday that he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.

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