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      Oklahoma Court Rules Bonds for Zink Dam Are Unconstitutional

      TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed $25 million state bond issue for improvements at Tulsa's Zink Lake Dam is an unconstitutional gift to the City of Tulsa.

      The state's high court ruled Tuesday that such a gift is specifically prohibited in the Oklahoma Constitution.

      The Legislature initially approved the bonds in 2009 with the understanding that matching federal funds would be used to help build a series of low-water dams along the Arkansas River. But the federal funding never materialized and state Sen. Patrick Anderson challenged the bonds after an effort to issue them for a new purpose.

      Attorneys for the state and the Tulsa River Parks Authority had argued the project serves a state public purpose and funding should be allowed to go forward.

      Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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