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6:38 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Group Hopes to Build Oklahoma Pop Culture Museum

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma group hoping to build a museum highlighting the contributions to popular culture made by musicians, writers and other artists with ties to the state says it will continue pushing for funding for the project.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and drummer Jamie Oldaker, who performed for years with Eric Clapton, are among those who have donated to the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture's more than 100,000-piece collection.

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6:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Local News

Topping the local news:

  • The Chamber praises efforts to put water into the Arkansas River.
  • Summer rains have helped ease the drought in western Oklahoma.
  • World Tension and the connection to Tulsa's gasoline prices.
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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Plane Runs Off Runway in OKC

The Wiley Post Airport from the air
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Fire Department says a plane ran off a runway at Wiley Post Airport Saturday afternoon.

Fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland tells The Oklahoman that the plane taxied off the runway while landing about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

Wiley Post Airport is one of three airports owned by the City of Oklahoma City. It handles corporate and business aviation and is designated as a reliever to Will Rogers World Airport.

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9:15 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Fell to 4.5 Percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.5 percent in June.

The figures released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show that while the number of Oklahomans without a job decreased, so too did the number of those employed. The labor force fell by 13,510 compared to the previous month.

The figures show the state's labor force numbered 1.79 million in June with 81,170 unemployed.

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9:12 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Report: 1 Million Visitors to Oklahoma's National Parks

The Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City is one of three National Parks i the state.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma's national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million.

Oklahoma has three national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Sue Masica is the director of the NPS Intermountain Region, which includes Oklahoma. She says the report shows that parks tourism is an important factor in Oklahoma's economy.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Highway Patrol sees Spike in Number of Applicants

OHP Headquarters in Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says they have seen a significant increase in the number of applicants and officials attribute that to two bills that passed the Legislature.

Chief Ricky Adams tells The Oklahoman more than 800 candidates applied for the trooper academy— the most since 2006 — after the two bills passed. Before the bills went into effect, the department had fewer than 300 applications.

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9:04 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Oklahoma Movie, TV Legend James Garner Dies

James Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oklahoma born actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his Brentwood home Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Officers responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

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6:41 am
Sat July 19, 2014

3 Named to Oklahoma Capitol Repair Committee

portions are sealed off for safety
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.

Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

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6:38 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Firefighters helping in Western Wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters from Oklahoma are heading west to help battle wildfires.

Oklahoma Forestry Services has begun receiving orders to send help and five OFS firefighters have been sent to help fight fires in Oregon. Officials say additional orders from the National Interagency Coordination Center for more firefighters and equipment are expected.

OFS assistant director and Fire Management Chief Mark Goeller says recent rain across Oklahoma have reduced the fire danger and allows the agency to provide help in other states.

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Local & Regional
6:36 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Couple Praises Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the decision Friday in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin.

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