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Headlines: State Money, Costly Disasters & New Okie Music

Headlines for Friday, January 8, 2016:

  • New figures show tax collections fell in 2015 for the first time in nearly seven years. (NewsOK)
  • The State Board of Education slashes its budget. (News9)
  • An education report ranks Oklahoma 46th for academic performance and outcomes.  (Tulsa World)
  • SandRidge Energy is now trading stocks over-the-counter. (Journal Record)
  • Swarm of earthquakes raises concerns of a stronger temblor coming. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin backs Corporation Commission actions in dealing with earthquakes. (NewsOK)

  • Oil & Gas Association criticizes Democratic lawmaker on earthquake remarks. (KFOR)

  • Oklahoma weather events last year make the list of some of the costliest in the nation. (NewsOK)

  • The number of people in Oklahoma prisons is climbing higher. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Oklahoma's Board of Corrections appoints an interim director. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • An economist is raising warnings of the sales tax for education. (Journal Record)

  • The federal Department of Housing is providing funds to help homeless Native American veterans. (AP)

  • Blue Bell Ice Cream reassures customers on new procedures. (Tulsa World)

  • MAPS4 ideas spring up from the grass roots level. (Journal Record)

  • The group Stop Animal Exploitation Now wants OU to convert its baboon facility into a sanctuary. (KFOR)

  • Cox Gigablast is coming to Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • Some Oklahoma buildings are getting placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Enid News & Eagle)

  • Oklahoma City’s Uptown 23rd is about to get a little brighter. (KFOR)

  • Home & Garden Show is coming to OKC. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma musicians are releasing more than 25 albums this year. (NewsOK)

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