OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 18 Oklahoma counties as disaster areas following severe storms that pounded the state in April and early May. Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday that the declaration means federal funding is available to the state, local governments and rural electric cooperatives for infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storm that struck between April 28 and May 2.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan that protects the budgets of about 15 state agencies but cuts many others by about 5 percent. It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature. The House approved the measure 57-42 Friday just hours before lawmakers are constitutionally required to adjourn the 2017 legislative session. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police say a 44-year-old man died after being found with a gunshot wound outside an Oklahoma City apartment complex, and an arrest has been made. A police report says Joseph Earl Thompson was taken to OU Medical Center on Wednesday, where he died. Police arrested 23-year-old Antonio Hicks on suspicion of murder and shooting with intent to kill. He is being held at the Oklahoma County jail without bail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 908. A year ago, 404 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 722 rigs sought oil and 185 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.
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