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9:50 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Spiders increase

Oklahoma City, OK – Spider population rises in Oklahoma in 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A wet spring and an abundant amount of crickets have resulted in an increase in the number of spiders in Oklahoma this year.

Entomologist Tom Royer says the wet spring led to a large insect population which spiders eat.

The most common spider in Oklahoma is the brown recluse, also known as the fiddleback. Its bite can leave a painful mark and cause tissue to decay but is rarely fatal.

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9:44 am
Mon September 13, 2010

New Offer for Dollar Thrifts

Dollar-Thrifty headquarters on 31st Street in Tulsa.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Dollar Thifty accepts Hertz's new $1.43B offer

PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) Dollar Thrifty has accepted a new bid of about $1.43 billion from Hertz, which is battling Avis for the rental car company.

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Local & Regional
9:36 am
Sun September 12, 2010

Trust Effort Moves Forward

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The United Band of Cherokee Indians is being allowed to go forward with an application to put 76 acres of land in federal trust. The Tulsa World reports the Tahlequah-based tribe wants to put in trust its community services land. The land currently has the tribe's dance grounds, community gathering and celebration place, elder center and other centers.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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Local & Regional
9:31 am
Sun September 12, 2010

Tulsa School Funding

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma schools will share $119 million in federal funding intended to prevent teacher layoffs. The money in Oklahoma will be distributed based on the state's student funding formula. Tulsa schools will receive more than $6.1 million, and Oklahoma City schools will also get about $6.1 million.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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Local & Regional
9:31 am
Sun September 12, 2010

Tulsa School Funding

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma schools will share $119 million in federal funding intended to prevent teacher layoffs. The money in Oklahoma will be distributed based on the state's student funding formula. Tulsa schools will receive more than $6.1 million, and Oklahoma City schools will also get about $6.1 million.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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Local & Regional
11:08 am
Sat September 11, 2010

Heaven's Rain

Oklahoma City, Ok – Film about former lawmaker to debut in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A movie about a former state senator whose parents were murdered during an assault on his family will open in Oklahoma next week.

"Heaven's Rain" is the story of the Douglass family, who were attacked by a pair of drifters in 1979 at the family's home near Okarche. The Rev. Richard Douglass and his wife, Marilyn, were shot to death. The Douglass children, 16-year-old Brooks and 12-year-old Leslie, also were shot, but survived.

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9:38 am
Sat September 11, 2010

Governor Makes Workers Comp Appointments

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry names 2 to Okla. Workers' Compensation Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has appointed two judges to the 10-member Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court.

Henry announced on Friday that he has named David Reid of Tulsa to the Office 6 position and Owen Evans of Tulsa to the Office 7 position.

Reid will replace Judge Mary Black, and Evans fills the spot of Judge Tom Leonard.

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Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Allegations against Doctor

Vinita, OK – Okla doctor accused of over prescribing

VINITA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma doctor is accused of prescribing excessive amounts of narcotics to a woman who died from an overdose.

The state attorney general's office alleges Dr. Mickey Ray Tyrrell of Vinita prescribed more than 1,000 Demerol and OxyContin pills to 35-year-old Tammy Dawn Daniels, who died Sept. 5, 2009.

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11:29 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Janitor Admits School Rape

Jay, OK – Jay school janitor guilty of student rape

JAY, Okla. (AP) A former janitor at Jay High School has pleaded guilty to the rape of a 16-year-old student.

Authorities say 45-year-old Adam Wolf was hired at the school despite having two felony burglary convictions on his record. The Oklahoman reports that Wolf entered his guilty plea to rape and other charges on Thursday in Delaware County and drew a 15-year prison sentence.

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Local & Regional
9:49 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Flooding Aftermath

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry declares emergency for 13 Okla. counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has declared a state of emergency for 13 eastern Oklahoma counties hit by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine .

Henry issued the order Thursday for Adair, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, LeFlore, McIntosh, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties.

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