OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing fees on single-use plastic and paper bags. But officials in Norman, where a 5-cent fee has been proposed, say it would encroach on their search for an innovative way to protect the environment. The bill's author says individual guidelines for plastic bags would create a hodgepodge of rules that would make compliance difficult. Eleven state including Texas, Arizona and Florida already have pre-emptions laws.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Police in Tulsa say they've arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a homeowner. Authorities say Anthony Ahaisse was taken into custody early Saturday following a high-speed pursuit. Tulsa County Jail records indicate Ahaisse was being held Sunday on complaints of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony, first-degree burglary and felony eluding.
HOBART, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a camper has drowned in a southwestern Oklahoma lake. Troopers say the body of 36-year-old Kyle Robert Burkitt of Macomb was recovered on Saturday from Tom Steed Lake, about 99 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The patrol says a witness reported around 9 a.m. Saturday that Burkitt was missing and had not returned to his tent at the Kiowa County lake. Other campers notified Kiowa County sheriff's deputies they had found a body in the water about 10:40 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Cost-cutting states are trying to keep schools happy as teacher unrest over low pay and overcrowded classrooms continues. But pressure from voters is forcing states to put more money on the table as much as picket lines. In Texas, Republican lawmakers have proposed $5,000 teacher raises and $9 billion in additional classroom funding. The proposals follow the GOP's worst election in a generation in Texas. A nationwide teacher revolt began with walkouts in West Virginia in 2018.
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