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4:31 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Tank Battery Explodes

Weleetka, OK – 1 person critically injured in tank explosion

WELEETKA, Okla. (AP) The Okfuskee County sheriff's office says two people were injured, one critically, when two tank batteries exploded.

Undersheriff Darrell Summers said Thursday that the injured were taken to the hospital with burns, and one remained hospitalized in critical condition. Their names weren't released.

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Local & Regional
4:31 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

SEC/Pre Paid Legal

Oklahoma City, OK – SEC subpoenas Pre-Paid Legal Services documents

ADA, Okla. (AP) Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. says the Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed documents tied to customer complaints and the resignation of its CEO, among other issues.

The Ada-based legal services company said Thursday the SEC also wants documents on membership information, efforts to achieve compliance with payment card industry requirements and the resignation of Tom Smith as a director.

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Local & Regional
4:27 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Settlement in Dryer Death

Tulsa, OK – Settlement reached in Cintas case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The widow of a Cintas Corp. worker who died after falling into an industrial dryer in Tulsa has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the nation's largest uniform supplier.

Thursday's settlement with the Cincinnati-based company came four days before a federal trial was to begin in Tulsa.

Details of the settlement were confidential and attorneys for Amalia Diaz Torres could not comment on the case.

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Local & Regional
1:37 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Mowing Volunteers

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett sent letters this week to neighborhood leaders and Tulsa churches soliciting volunteers to help with mowing, graffiti removal and other work on public properties.

Mowing in rights-of-way and city properties, removing graffiti from both public and private properties, trash clean-up along streets or in parks and sprucing up City cemeteries are among the jobs that can be done by volunteers.

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Local & Regional
9:43 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Facebook Threat

Lawton, OK – Okla man accused of using Facebook to make threats

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) A Lawton man has been charged with using his Facebook page to make threats against nursing homes and day care centers.

Comanche County prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Joshua Chafton with a misdemeanor count of threatening to perform an act of violence.

Chafton was arrested Wednesday. Court records did not indicate that he has an attorney.

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Local & Regional
9:40 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Budget Cuts Ahead

Oklahoma City, OK – Human services agencies brace for budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Directors of several of Oklahoma's human services agencies say pending budget cuts will lead to more elderly people in nursing homes, fewer meals for hungry people and deep cuts to Medicaid providers.

Agency heads testified Wednesday before a Senate budget panel that oversees health and human services agencies. Directors were told to brief the subcommittee on how cuts ranging from 10 percent to 20 percent would affect their agencies.

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Local & Regional
9:38 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Tea Party Express

Oklahoma City, OK – More than 1,000 rally at OKC tea party event

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) More than 1,000 people took to the lawn outside the state Capitol for a tea party rally as speakers lashed out at a federal government they say is trampling on the individual liberties of citizens.

Waving flags that read "Don't Tread on Me" and holding signs criticizing federal spending, the group packed the north lawn Wednesday night.

Between speakers, organizers offered prayers and played patriotic music.

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Local & Regional
9:34 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Thursday's Top Local Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a quick recap of Thursday morning's Top Local Stories:

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StudioTulsa
5:20 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Stephanie Odegard: Sustainable Design and Social Responsibility

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Local & Regional
4:15 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Higher Ed Legislation

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry today approved legislation to boost a state program that helps attract the best and brightest professors and researchers to Oklahoma colleges and universities.

By restructuring an ongoing bond issue for the endowed chairs program, House Bill 3031 by House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee will generate approximately $100 million in new funds for the higher education initiative.

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