Soaring gas prices voted top story

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Historic increases in the price of gas has
been chosen as the top news story in Oklahoma for 2008.

Broadcasters and newspaper editors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll selected gas prices over a historic shift in political power in the state.

AAA Oklahoma says the average price of gas in Oklahoma City was $3.80 six months ago although the prices have plummeted.

Many locations are now selling gas for less than $1.40 per gallon.

Second on the list is the first-ever Republican majority in the state Senate. The GOP now controls both the Oklahoma House and Senate.

The as yet unsolved murders of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker on a rural road near Weleetka is third.

The move of the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder is fourth and fifth is an E. coli outbreak that killed one and sickened more than 300.

The return of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade from Iraq with no casualties is sixth and the May 10 Picher tornado that killed six people is seventh.

Eighth on the list is the conviction of former state Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan and his wife on conspiracy and bribery charges.

An injunction stopping enforcement of part of the state's anti-illegal immigration law is ninth and the bankruptcy of Tulsa-based SemGroup is tenth.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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