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8:36 am
Sun August 16, 2009

Oklahoma Economic Woes

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Oklahoma City, OK – Thought 2009 was bad? As of July, '10 may be worse


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma was on shaky financial ground when it closed the books on its 2009 fiscal year following six straight months of declining revenue amid a spiraling economy and plummeting energy prices.

If the first month of the new fiscal year is any indication, the state will face far worse in 2010.

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6:47 pm
Sat August 15, 2009

Troopers In Trouble

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Oklahoma City, OK – 3 troopers reprimanded for falsifying logs


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been reprimanded for falsifying logs to show they were working to guard the Governor's Mansion at night.

The Oklahoman reported Saturday that troopers Trevor Flanagan, Jerome Baxter and Paul Kenney were reprimanded May 1. The three did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

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8:54 am
Sat August 15, 2009

PSO Rate Hike

Oklahoma City, OK – PSO seeks to recover investment costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Public Service Company of Oklahoma wants the Corporation Commission to let it recover investment costs for providing reliable electrical service.

PSO filed its so-called rider recovery proposal Friday. The utility says approval would amount to a small increase in customer costs because two existing riders are set to expire in the coming months.

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8:43 am
Sat August 15, 2009

Another Oklahoma Quake

Midwest City, OK – Earthquake near Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake in Oklahoma County.

According to the USGS Web site, the quake occurred at 3:08 p.m. Friday about two miles west of Midwest City and seven miles east of Oklahoma City. It had a magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter Scale.

There have been no reports of injury or damage.

The survey records about 50 earthquakes a year in Oklahoma, though few are reported as being felt by residents

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

UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has ruled that poultry litter can be considered a solid waste under federal environmental laws.

The ruling Friday morning by U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell was a victory for Oklahoma in the state's pollution lawsuit against 12 Arkansas poultry companies. A trial will be Sept. 21.

Attorneys for the companies had argued that the litter should not be labeled a solid waste because it has a beneficial use as a fertilizer and has market value.

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12:50 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Death Penalty for Molesters

State Representative Rex Ducan
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Lawmaker wants death for molesters

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state lawmaker plans to file legislation next year to impose life in prison or the death penalty on repeat child molesters.

Rep. Rex Duncan of Sand Springs says the idea is the result of the arrest of Marcus Berry. Berry is a two-time convicted sex offender who kidnapped a two-year-old girl from her front yard in Tulsa on Wednesday.

Officers say the girl was naked and in a pickup truck with the 56-year-old Berry when they found them.

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Local & Regional
12:31 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Coburn Town Hall

Senator Tom Coburn listens to a question at a Broken Arrow town hall meeting.
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Broken Arrow, OK – The location was changed at the last minute to the Broken Arrow Community Center to handle the large crowd. A town hall meeting by Senator Tom Coburn lasted almost one hour and focused mostly on health care. Most of those at the meeting were backers of the Senator and he discussed his feelings about proposed legislation. Hear the first half hour here.

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8:42 am
Fri August 14, 2009

UPDATE: Ten Commandments

Stigler, OK – County commissioners ordered to pay fees to ACLU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal appeals court says Haskell County commissioners must pay legal fees of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma in a lawsuit over a Ten Commandments monument.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver says the ACLU should receive attorneys fees, costs and expenses because it won the lawsuit. An ACLU attorney says the amount won't be known for weeks or months.

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Local & Regional
8:18 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Gaming at the Convention Center?

This isn't a casino. It is the Tulsa Convention Center as it hosts the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association's trade show.
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Tulsa, OK – The ribbon is cut and the doors swing open it is an amazing sight. There are hundreds of slot machines, but this is not an Oklahoma Casino. This is actually the Tulsa Convention Center.

This week the center played host to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. David Qualls is the Association's Chairman. We all know that Indian Gaming is big in Oklahoma . But this fact may come as a surprise. Oklahoma is the number three gaming market in the nation.

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Local & Regional
4:32 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Cleaning Up After Meth Part #-2

Tulsa, OK – Yesterday we told you about the dangers of meth lab contamination and a lack of standards and policies to cleanup those hazardous waste sites. Today, we focus on what could and should be done to keep you and your neighbors safe.

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