Oklahoma News Minute

Oklahoma News Minute

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law a pair of bills designed to consolidate more than four dozen state boards and commissions. One bill eliminates 27 boards and commissions that are defunct or duplicative. Another bill consolidates 28 separate boards and commissions into seven new panels overseen by the Department of Health.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have given state workers the option of enrolling in a defined contribution retirement plan. The bill would have allowed state employees hired after July 2014 to choose a defined contribution option or the current defined benefit system. Fallin says it would do little to reduce the unfunded status of the state's pension plans.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party has made his initial court appearance on felony blackmail and computer crimes charges. Prosecutors say Al Gerhart sent a threatening email to a state senator about a bill to prohibit state organizations from following a plan to help cities and countries become more sustainable.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - About 50 airmen are returning to Oklahoma after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The airmen are with the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron. The Oklahoma Air National Guard says the squadron completed projects in Afghanistan that were part of extending communications capabilities in the country.

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