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9:41 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Unemployment Claims

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma sets unemployment claims record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma has set a new record for unemployment benefits as the number of jobless in the state remains near a 21-year high.

John Carpenter is a spokesman for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. He said Wednesday the state has paid a little more than $575 million in regular unemployment benefits since Jan. 1. The state paid just $182.6 million all of last year.

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Local & Regional
8:33 am
Thu December 24, 2009

More Oklahomans

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Census Bureau is estimating Oklahoma's population as of July at 3,687,050 an increase of more than 43,000 from July 2008. Most of the increase was by people moving to Oklahoma from other states called domestic migration which accounted for 18,345 new residents.

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

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Local & Regional
8:25 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Travel Problems

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm moving into Oklahoma is leaving roads in parts of the state slick and hazardous. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says no serious accidents have been reported but the OHP says driving conditions are slick and hazardous in the southwestern corner of the state.

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What's New?
4:37 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

All Songs Considered for the Holidays

Public Radio Tulsa – A holiday tradition has begun. The not so plump but jolly Santa Bob and his magical elves are in their workshop, checking the list for the best fresh holiday songs. Once they're done, be ready for naughty and nice takes on an eclectic mix of music by emerging and breakout bands. Check out Bob Boilen and friends as they host the first All Songs Considered holiday special from NPR Music this Friday at 8:00 on Public Radio 89.5 HD1.

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StudioTulsa
1:48 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

Unwrapping "Christmas: A Candid History"

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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

St-John's to Pay

Tulsa, OK – Justice Dept. says Okla. hospital to pay $13M

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Federal lawyers say a major Tulsa hospital has agreed to pay more than $13 million to settle allegations that claims it submitted to Medicare and Medicaid programs were tainted by the hospital's payments to doctors for patients they referred.

A news release Tuesday from the Justice Department said St. John Health System violated the False Claims Act by paying 23 doctors or physician groups to induce referrals for medical services.

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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

Kaiser Grants

George Kaiser speaks to the Tulsa Rotary Club in the summer of 2009.
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Tulsa, OK – George Kaiser Family Foundation today announced a series of grants to more than 100 Tulsa area social service agencies. The foundation will distribute a total of $6,556,733, with 34 organizations receiving matching grant challenges. More than $2.6 million will go towards community health initiatives, an excess of $2.3 million will support human services and more than $1.6 million will benefit education and youth development programs.

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Local & Regional
1:14 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

City Prepares for Snow

Tulsa, OK – City of Tulsa Street Maintenance supervisors are monitoring weather forecasts and preparing to respond if snow or ice begins to create problems for Tulsa motorists.

Although City employees have holidays on Thursday and Friday, Christmas Eve and Day, street maintenance crews will be on-call and will report to work if called in to treat streets for snow or ice accumulations.

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Local & Regional
2:28 pm
Tue December 22, 2009

ONG Over Charges

ONEOK, the parent company of ONG, is located in downtown Tulsa.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Change in routes leads to extra ONG charge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Natural Gas officials say a change in the routes of meter-readers led to an additional service charge for some customers.

The extra charge was noticed by bookkeeper Sherry Alexander who says she paid 13 service charges this year including two in November. Alexander says ONG agreed to a $27 credit after she filed a complaint with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

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Local & Regional
11:23 am
Tue December 22, 2009

FOP Reconsiders

A Tulsa Police car.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa police give up some take-home cars

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Fraternal Order of Police in Tulsa has agreed to give up take-home patrol cars for officers who live outside the city.

The take-home provision is in the FOP contract with the city but officers agreed to drop it in an effort to avoid potential layoffs because of a budget shortfall. FOP Lodge 93 President Phil Evans says city administrators believe the change could save more than $1 million.

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