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2:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Auditor Pleads Guilty

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A former auditor for the Commissioners of the Land Office in Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the agency.

Roger Melson pleaded guilty Friday to 174 counts of embezzlement and faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson scheduled sentencing for Nov. 9.

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Local & Regional
2:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Bond Deal Expands Plant

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma agency has approved a $20 million bond deal that will help pay for the expansion of the Goodyear tire-making plant in Lawton.

The Council of Bond Oversight on Thursday authorized the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority to issue $20 million in bonds for the project.

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Local & Regional
1:59 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Drought Official

The sign in front of the National Weather Service Office on 11th Street near Highway 169.
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Following nearly a month-and-a-half of searing temperatures across Oklahoma, about half of the state is now in a mild drought.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey in Norman said Thursday that the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the southeastern half of Oklahoma in a "flash drought." The OCS says a flash drought occurs when abnormally dry weather combines with very hot temperatures in a short period of time.

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Local & Regional
1:54 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Council Rejects Mediation

City Hall at One-Technology Center
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, Okla. – City Council is refusing to mediate with the Mayor. At yesterday's meeting the Council voted against closed-door mediation as a way to confront its disputes with Mayor Bartlett.

Instead it suggested a series of public sessions for negotiating with the Mayor, in order to promote transparency.

The Mayor was disappointed with the Council's decision, and hopes to be able to convince councilors Bynum and Eagleton, who were the sole votes in favor of the Mayor's offer, to engage in mediation.

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Local & Regional
11:06 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Chief Charged

Chelesa, OK – Okla police chief charged with drug counts

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) Rogers County prosecutors have charged the police chief of Chelsea with 12 felony drug counts.

Jeremy Wayne Murrell faces a Sept. 1 arraignment on charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The 34-year-old Murrell was arrested Aug. 13 on the complaints, posted $12,000 bail and was released.

Chelsea Town Coordinator Kenny Weast says Murrell, who has been police chief for more than a year, was placed on indefinite paid leave.

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Local & Regional
10:50 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Troops Deploying

Oklahoma City, OK – 60 Okla. Guard ag soldiers headed to Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) More than 60 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers will be honored as they depart for an agricultural mission in Afghanistan.

The farewell ceremony for the 2-45th Agri-Business Development Team will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang. It will replace another agribusiness unit that already deployed.

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Local & Regional
10:40 am
Fri August 27, 2010

School Improvement List Released

Oklahoma City, OK – 90 Oklahoma schools on school improvement list

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Ninety Oklahoma schools are on the state's school improvement list during this school year under standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the list Thursday during a meeting of the state Board of Education.

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StudioTulsa
6:18 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Energy Researcher Roger Stern

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Local & Regional
3:45 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Prisoners Released Early

Grove, Oklahoma – For the 4th time in 2 years, Delaware County voters rejected a sales tax increase to expand the county jail.
Now inmates are being released and bonds are being lowered to reduce over crowding.
The current jail was built to house 62 inmates- but has about 70 prisoners right now.
The tax proposal would have added 100- beds to the jail.

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Local & Regional
3:19 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Inmates Released Early

Grove, Oklahoma – For the 4th time in 2 years Delaware County voters reject a sales tax increase to expand the county jail.
Now inmates are being released and bonds lowered to reduce over crowding.
The current jail was built to house 62 inmates- but has about 70 prisoners right now.
The tax proposal would have added 100- beds to the jail.

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