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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Collections to Oklahoma's main government operating fund are continuing to outpace the estimate, but state finance officials are cautioning that lower oil prices are expected to start driving some of those collections down. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that December collections to the General Revenue Fund totaled $620 million, nearly 9 percent above the monthly estimate.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's new Gov. Kevin Stitt is putting more of his key hires in place, including the appointment of his chief operating officer to head up the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Stitt issued seven official orders on Monday, his first official day in office, to appoint his top cabinet secretaries and other appointments. He announced that former Sonic Corp. executive John Budd, who he previously named as his chief operating officer, will be the acting head of OMES.
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has denied a request that she recuse from the case in which a woman is charged with fatally shooting two of her teenage children and wounding her third child. Court records show Special District Judge Pandee Ramirez on Tuesday rejected the request by defense attorneys for 38-year-old Amy Leann Hall. Attorneys said Ramirez should disqualify herself because she is already overseeing a deprived action case involving Hall and the surviving child.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Students in the Oklahoma City school district with medical conditions that require cannabis are now permitted to use the drug at school. Oklahoma City Public Schools board voted to approve the policy Monday night. The district will provide a place for a guardian to administer medical marijuana to students at school. The policy also states that the caregiver would be responsible for delivering the cannabis to the qualifying students and removing it from the premises after consumption.
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