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Tax break could be coming for Oklahoma’s richest

OKLAHOMA CITY – The richest residents of Oklahoma may be getting a new tax break.

It is a victory for Governor Mary Fallin, who supported a cut in the top income tax rate.

Senate Bill 1247 would reduce the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent if state revenue projections are greater than projections in December 2014.

“Our state has seen economic growth and record revenues due to our competitive income tax policies and pro-business environment,” said Rep. Leslie Osborn. “This measure allows Oklahomans greater control over their hard-earned money. They will either spend or invest those dollars and further strengthen our economy.”

The tax cut measure will be conditional on improvement to state revenues.

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Oklahoma schools rank in list of top high schools across the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report has released its list of the top high schools across the country.

Many Oklahoma high schools made the cut.

Harding Charter in Oklahoma City is ranked #1 in the state followed by Dove Science Academy and Edmond North.

In all, more than 75 Oklahoma schools made the 2014 best schools list.

MORE: Complete ranking of Oklahoma high schools

According to the report, schools must have been awarded a national gold or silver medal to be eligible.

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State leaders looking to increase school funding

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Wednesday, the Senate is slated to vote on a bill that would increase funding for Oklahoma schools.

House Bill 2642, also known as the Securing Educational Excellence Fund (SEEF), would increase public school funding by $600,000,000.

Senator John Ford, a co-author of the bill, said he believes this bill will help more students complete their high school education.

Our latest figures show one additional day of instruction will cost about $22 million, so the bill mandates that for every $60 million, we’ll add a day of instruction,” Ford said.  “Students will be able to learn more.  As a result we’ll see more students complete high school, and they’ll be better prepared for their next step in life.  This also should provide additional pay for teachers.”

HB 2642 passed the House and will move to the Senate on Wednesday.

FOUND: Stillwater woman missing in Silver Alert found safe in Madill

UPDATE: The woman missing from Stillwater has been found safe in Madill.

Officials have canceled the Silver Alert for 86-year-old Jewell Evans.

STILLWATER, Okla. – Officials are asking the public’s help finding an 86-year-old woman missing from Stillwater.

Officers said Jewell Evans was last seen wearing a long brown dress and glasses.

She could be driving a white 2010 Toyota Avalon with license plate #843-HS1, a POW tag on the front of the car and an OSU alumni sticker on the back.

Police said Evans suffers from dementia.

They said she could be in immediate danger.

If you have seen Evans or know where she is, Stillwater police would like to hear from you at (405) 533-8540.

 

Allergy Alert: Tree pollen to blame for the sneezing, watery eyes

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic is warning those with allergies to just stay inside today.

Experts have issued an allergy alert because of high levels of Oak pollen.

Oak pollen is in the “very high” category and the OAAC said we are currently under an “extreme exposure” situation.

If you have allergies, the best remedy is to stay inside.

Specialists said this is especially important for those with allergic bronchial asthma.

Officials also recommend keeping the windows closed, taking a shower after coming inside and leaving shoes outside so you don’t track pollen throughout the house.