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9:44 am
Sun December 20, 2009

Shorter School Week at Liberty

Liberty, OK – Liberty is 5th state district to go to 4-day week

MOUNDS, Okla. (AP) The Liberty school district is joining four others in Oklahoma in changing to a four-day week.

The Liberty school board cited declining state revenues as the primary reason for the switch. The new schedule for Liberty students will start on Jan. 5.

The change is expected to save the district money on transportation, utilities and food. Also, bus drivers and cafeteria workers are paid for one less day per week.

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What's New?
4:54 pm
Sat December 19, 2009

Nancy Pearl's Holiday Picks

Public Radio Tulsa – On the December 17th edition of StudioTulsa, we presented a conversation between host Rich Fisher and our longtime book reviewer, Nancy Pearl. Now a librarian based in Seattle, and formerly a bookseller and librarian right here in T-Town, Nancy is also the author of a bestselling series of books about books (which includes the titles "Book Lust" and "More Book Lust").

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What's New?
1:52 pm
Sat December 19, 2009

Increase Your 2009 Tax Refund

Public Radio Tulsa – If you plan on giving a year-end gift to Public Radio Tulsa, here are some important deadlines to know in order to use your gift on your 2009 tax return. Checks must be postmarked no later than December 31.

If you're planning on making a credit card gift, this must be mailed by Christmas Eve or can be done online up until 2 p.m. on December 31st . Thank you for your continued support of Public Radio Tulsa now and throughout the year.


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Local & Regional
10:08 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Deeper Cuts at City Hall

The sign in front of Tulsa's new City Hall
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett is spending the weekend reviewing budget cutting proposals submitted by his department heads. The city cannot spend money it does not have and with sales tax revenue sinking each month, the city must cut spending. Little is left but personnel.

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Local & Regional
9:53 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Kickback Scheme

Wagoner, OK – Okla. man gets prison term for kickback scheme

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Wagoner man has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to solicit kickbacks in the awarding of a private security subcontract to protect U.S. government officials and contractors in Afghanistan.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Bryan Lee Burrows also was sentenced Friday to two years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

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Local & Regional
9:49 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Furloughs Ahead at the State

The Oklahoma State Capitol
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – State workers forced to take unpaid days off

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) At least six state agencies are preparing to furlough employees after officials ordered 10 percent budget cuts across all the agencies.

Office of Personnel Management Administrator Oscar Jackson said Friday several other agencies are considering similar moves.

Before furloughing employees, agencies must file a plan with OPM.

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Local & Regional
4:20 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Unemployment Eases

Oklahoma City, OK – The unemployment rate in Oklahoma takes a tumble. The figures, released today, show the rate dropped in Oklahoma to 7-percent. That is down from 7.3-percent in October. This is the first drop in a year of steady increases. This time last year, 4.4-percent of Oklahomans were out of work.

Today's figure translates to 125,000 Oklahomans out of work.

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Local & Regional
3:14 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

No Ruling on 918

Oklahoma City, OK – No decision today on the 918-area code's future. We are running out of numbers and the commission this morning was to have decided on one of two options for the area. One option would split the area code into two different sections. The other would allow everyone to keep the 918 area code, but all new numbers would be assigned a different code.

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Local & Regional
10:01 am
Fri December 18, 2009

H1N1 Deaths in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – 3 more swine flu deaths confirmed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health says three more people have died as a result of complications from the swine flu.

According to a report released Thursday, the latest deaths bring to 39 the number of Oklahomans who have died of swine flu since Sept. 1. Another person died in June.

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