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March 19, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Senate panel passes bill for $5M in film rebates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $5 million annual rebate program that has been used to attract producers of films like last year’s “August: Osage County” to Oklahoma would continue for another ten years under a bill that has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-2 for the bill on Tuesday. It now heads to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass.

The state provides rebates to filmmakers of $1 for every $3 they spend on movie productions in Oklahoma, up to a total of $5 million. Supporters say the rebate allows Oklahoma to compete with other states to bring lucrative film productions to their states.

But lawmakers who oppose the bill say the program is a wasteful use of tax dollars.

 

Oklahoma gas prices at highest level in 6 months

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for gasoline in Oklahoma is at its highest level in six months.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the statewide average was $3.41 for a gallon of self-serve regular. That’s seven cents lower than at the same time one year ago, but is the highest since Sept. 19 when the average was just below $3.42 per gallon.

The price is about two cents per gallon higher than last week and nearly 20 cents per gallon higher than last month.

Prices in selected cities in the state range from $3.32 per gallon in Idabel to $3.50 in Guymon. The average price in Tulsa is almost $3.34 per gallon while the price in Oklahoma City is just below $3.42 per gallon on average.

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