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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 man arrested in connection to burglary after leaving DNA at scene

EL RENO, Okla. – Canadian County Sherriff’s office investigators arrested 56-year-old David Allen Scott in connection to a string of burglaries.

According to investigators, Scott was taken into custody after police were able to connect him to the burglary of a rural business in El Reno.

Scott was identified as a possible suspect when investigators interviewed employees and conducted background research on possible suspects.

Upon execution of the search warrant, a number of stolen items including automotive parts, as well as narcotics were found on Scott’s property.

When told that the Sheriff’s Office possessed DNA evidence obtained from the scene, and they noticed a wound on his hand believed to have been sustained during the burglary; Scott provided a full confession.

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.

Land Run reenactment takes a dangerous turn at Mustang elementary school

MUSTANG, Okla. – A day of fun celebrating our state’s history quickly turned dangerous.

A horse-drawn wagon carrying school children from Centennial Elementary School in Mustang was involved in an accident on school grounds along Czech Hall Road.

Thirteen people were hurt including nine elementary students, one high school student, two teachers and the driver of the wagon.

Three people were transported to the hospital, one student, one teacher and the driver of the wagon.

None of the injuries are life threatening.

Mustang authorities say the neck yoke of the wagon broke and spooked the horses.

The wagon then hit the back end of the horses, and the animals began running.

The wagon overturned and threw several people to the ground.

School officials say an automated call went out to parents to alert them of the situation.