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6:15 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Fort Sill Dedicates its New Air Defense Training Facility

Brig. Gen. Christopher Spillman, Air Defense Artillery Schoolhouse commandant and Chief of the ADA, talks to media during the opening of the THAAD
Credit Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Officials at Fort Sill have dedicated the post's new Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense training facility.

The Lawton Constitution reports that U.S. Army dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday.

The THAAD air defense system intercepts ballistic missiles. The Patriot missile system is designed for short-range missiles, while THAAD is designed to defeat longer-range ballistic missiles from various threats around the globe.

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Local & Regional
6:03 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Tulsa Man Charged with Murder in Alleged Failed Robbery

Demario Bethany
Credit Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 24-year-old Tulsan has been charged with first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of a man prosecutors say was the target of an armed robbery.

The charge was filed Friday against Demario Veshawn, who also was charged with attempted robbery with a firearm.

Prosecutors allege that Bethany used a .22-caliber revolver to fatally shoot 26-year-old Courtney Darnell Parks on December 29th.

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Local & Regional
5:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Governor's Budget Director Arrested on DUI Related Complaint

File photo of Preston Doerflinger at Tulsa City Hall
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger has been arrested by Oklahoma City police on an alcohol-related complaint.

The Oklahoman reports that Doerflinger was arrested late Thursday on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Records show Doerflinger was booked into Oklahoma County jail about 1:30 a.m. Friday and released.

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Local & Regional
5:46 am
Sun January 25, 2015

One Dead In Motel Fire Near Town West Shopping Center

Emergency vehicles fill the drive as the back portion of the motel is destroyed by fire
Credit KWGS News

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — One man has died and a firefighter sustained minor injuries in a fire that destroyed several rooms and displaced dozens of guests at a motel on Interstate 44 in Sapulpa.

Firefighters were called to the Interstate Inn Express around 8:35 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of second-story units being on fire. Sapulpa Battalion Chief D.J. Keizor says nearly all of the units in the motel's easternmost section were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

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Local & Regional
5:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

TU Fends Off East Carolina to Win Again

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — James Woodard scored 17 points and added five rebounds to lead Tulsa to a 66-64 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.

After East Carolina's Michel-Ofik Nzege dunk tied the game at 61 with 2:09 to play, the Golden Hurricanes scored five straight points down the stretch, all of which came at the free throw line, to put the game away. The Pirates had two opportunities to tie or take the lead, but B.J. Tyson had a turnover and Terry Whisnant missed from 3-point range.

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12:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (1/24/15)

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This week on BusinessWorld, the European Union looks to boost its economy through a bond buying program which will have impact beyond its own economies.  The airline industry is benefiting from lower oil prices and we have some ideas on how they might use those newfound profits.

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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Sat January 24, 2015

State Ranks Among Worst in Education Outcomes Report

A new report finds Oklahoma is near the bottom of the list nationally on the quality of education it provides to students.

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Local & Regional
7:30 am
Sat January 24, 2015

In Perry, Tribal Rights Clear Way for Neighborhood Casino

The Oteo Missouria Tribe has razed three homes in an east Perry neighborhood to build a casino and parking lot.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

PERRY -- The house, crouching in the middle of a neighborhood in east Perry, sat unoccupied for years.

Its shingles were rotted, and its metal porch railing was bent. Weeds and brush rose from the foundation past gaping, empty windows.

Last year, city officials notified the owners that they needed to clean up the property. The city wasn’t prepared for the counteroffer.

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, which oversees the property, held in federal trust, proposed instead to raze the home and build a casino.

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Local & Regional
7:15 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Oklahoma AG Says He Will Defend State Execution Protocol

The white walls of the McAlester State Prison
Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says his office will defend the constitutionality of the state's method for executing death row inmates as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge by three death row inmates.

The nation's high court announced Friday it will hear arguments by inmates who are challenging the state's method for conducting executions.

Pruitt says Oklahoma's method has been deemed constitutional by two federal courts and has been successfully implemented in the state as well as in Florida.

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Local & Regional
7:12 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Oklahoma Rig Count Declines by 8 as Oil Slide Continues

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,633.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,317 rigs were exploring for oil and 316 for gas. A year ago 1,777 rigs were active.

Among the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count declined by 13, North Dakota dropped nine, Oklahoma fell eight. Colorado's rig count was unchanged.

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