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3:20 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Abortion Ruling to Be Challenged

A pro-life sign is across the street from Tulsa's Reproductive Services. Reproductive Services brought the initial challenge to the law.
KWGS Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Attorney General's office has decided to appeal a judge's decision to overturn an anti-abortion law.

Charlie Price, a spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson, said Wednesday the appeal will be filed with the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.

Oklahoma County District Judge Vicki Robertson on Tuesday ruled that Senate Bill 1878 was unconstitutional because it covered more than subject.

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Local & Regional
1:43 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Touring OneOk Field

The downtown skyline view from the \"party deck\" at the new Oneok Field.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Slated to be completed before the 2010 baseball season, ONEOK Field will be located directly west of the historic Greenwood District and will be adjacent to the Brady and Blue Dome entertainment districts.

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Local & Regional
9:49 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Latest City/County Dispute

The Golden Driller stands outside the Quik-Trip Center on the Tulsa Fairgrounds.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Sheriff's office will be patrolling the Tulsa State Fair again this year. The city annexed the fairgrounds earlier this year, but is declining to provide patrols for the fair without a fee.

The city has contended all along that it only annexed the fairground into the city-limits. Tulsa County still owns the fairgrounds. The Tulsa State Fair is a Tulsa County production and it is responsible for fair grounds security.

The Tulsa State Fair starts October 1st.

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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Turnpike Business Closes

A sign marks the Bristow exit on the Turner Turnpkike.
Okhighways.com

Bristow, OK – BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) The McDonald's restaurant located along the Turner Turnpike near Bristow is closing at the end of business today. Turnpike officials say McDonald's chose not to renew its lease at the Bristow location and has instead renovated its restaurant at the Stroud service plaza.

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Local & Regional
5:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Housing Starts Head Up

The sign in front of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa announced today that housing starts in metro Tulsa continued to heat up in July to 292, an 18.2 percent increase over the prior month. The July figure is the highest number of starts in one month since May of 2008 and 18.7 percent higher than starts reported in July of 2008.

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Local & Regional
4:25 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

UPDATE: Special Session Ahead?

The Oklahoma Capitol
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislators are discussing a possible special session that may deal with additional cuts to state agency budgets.

Henry's spokesman, Paul Sund, said Wednesday the governor is discussing the issue but a final decision hasn't been made.

Earlier this month, agency leaders learned that more cuts may be in order after July tax collections came in nearly $76 million below what's needed to pay the state's bills.

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StudioTulsa
3:44 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Robert Wright examines human's evolving concept of the Divine, in his new book "The Evolution of God"

Tulsa, OK – New Republic writer Robert Wright talks about his latest book, "The Evolution of God," which examines how mankind's conception of God has changed over the millenia, from ancient societies with multiple deities who possessed supernatural powers and human tendencies, to the Abrahamic faiths of today, with messages of love and benevolence alongside admonitions of intolerance towards unbelievers.

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Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Homeless Rate on the Increase

Tulsa, OK – An annual count of the homeless population in Oklahoma City indicates a four percent increase in 2009.

Here in Tulsa, Sandra Holden with the Day Center for the Homeless says they are seeing more service requests. She says people are looking for items like food and diapers. Some are asking for help will bills.

She says they are seeing 10-to-12 more requests per week. She says the number has jumped in the last two months.

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Local & Regional
2:57 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Glenpulpa? Address mix-up

Glenpool, OK – Glenpool City Hall to have Sapulpa address

GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) The city of Glenpool is planning to build a new city hall and the site has a Sapulpa address.

The new Glenpool Convention Center and City Hall will be in Glenpool but in an area where the postal service has established addresses and a zip code of neighboring Sapulpa.

Glenpool Postmaster Debra Hunter says the boundaries have to be drawn somewhere and this was established years ago and long before the area was developed.

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Local & Regional
1:53 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Suspected Child Abductor in Court

Marcus Berry is booked in the Tulsa County Jail
Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

Tulsa, OK –

A September 8th preliminary hearing is set for 56-year-old Marcus Berry.

The two-time convicted child molester was arrested last week for the abduction and attempted sexual assault on a two year-old girl. Police say the girl was found, partially nude, prior to the assault taking place.

Berry had a video arraignment in Tulsa District Court.

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