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Budget Deal Reached

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A deal on a fiscal year 2017 state budget has been made between legislative leaders and the governor. Senate Bill 1616 began working it's way through the process just today. Lawmakers have until this Friday at 5:00 pm to finish their work. The budget keeps common education & corrections funding flat, a slight increase for health care and mental health.

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Bag of Prison goodies found by authorities

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A pair of inmates turned up missing from the Jim Hamilton Correctional Center in eastern Oklahoma. They were later found hiding on the grounds of the minimum-security prison. A short distance away prison guards found three duffel bags full of contraband. including, 30 pounds of pipe tobacco, a half pound of marijuana, cell phones, lighters, cognac, mouse traps, electrical tape and sports bras.

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More mid-year budget cuts Unlikely

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The flow of tax money to the states General Fund, the one that pays most of the bills, again missed the estimate by a long shot. April fund contributions came in 12.8% below what was expected or $89.4 million. But state Finance Director Preston Doerflinger says he thinks there is enough cushion in the fund to avoid any more cuts to state agency budgets.

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