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Top Local Stories of 2010

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By AP

Undated – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) History was made before any votes were cast in 2010, as Oklahoma prepared to elect its first female governor.

On Nov. 2, voters chose Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin as the GOP regained the governorship, strengthened its hold on the state Legislature and captured all statewide elected offices. Fallin's victory and the GOP sweep was voted the No. 1 news story of 2010 by members of The Associated Press and the AP's Oklahoma staff.

State budget woes captured the No. 2 spot on the top-story list, followed by Oklahoma's wild weather, state ballot initiatives and a probe into police corruption in Tulsa.

Other top stories included

Possible statehouse corruption, a proposal by Oklahoma tea party members to create a volunteer state militia and problems within the state Medical Examiner's office.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.