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8:15 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Ozone Alert

Tulsa, OK – Ozone Alert called for Thursday in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Alert for Thursday in the Tulsa area.

The alert will be the city's first for the month and 10th of the year.

An alert means weather conditions are favorable Thursday for the buildup of ozone near the ground to an unhealthy level.

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8:12 am
Thu August 13, 2009

UPDATE: Swine Flu

Oklahoma City, OK – Physicians register to give swine flu shots

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say dozens of physicians registered to administer swine flu vaccinations when they become available this fall.

The state Health Department says the physicians registered within hours of a request that they help give the shots. The department is hoping hundreds will eventually sign up to provide vaccinations against H1N1 virus.

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Local & Regional
5:52 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Man Sentenced for Bomb Threat

22-year-old Christopher Jacob Stefanelli was booked into the Tulsa jail.
Tulsa County Booking photograph

Tulsa, OK – A guilty plea in Tulsa District Court for 22-year-old Christopher Stefanelli. He is the man accused of making a bomb threat last month to the Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center.

Police says Stefanelli placed the call after becoming upset with his boyfriend who worked at the center. A ticking alarm clock was found a trash can that led to an evacuation of the center, but police say the clock was not placed there by Stefanelli.

Stefanelli got two years in prison, followed by two years on probation.

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Local & Regional
4:36 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Tight Times In the Classroom

Oklahoma City, OK – As schools open, they must deal with budget cut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State and local education officials in Oklahoma preparing for the upcoming school year received a most unwelcome back-to-school present with word of a state revenue shortfall.

State financial officials on Tuesday ordered a 5 percent across-the-board cut in budget allocations to state agencies, which education officials warn could have both short-term and long-term effects.

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3:49 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

TPS Superintendent outlines new Teacher Effectiveness Initiative

Tulsa, OK – Dr Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent talks about the district's new Tulsa Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, a comprehensive and accountable school reform effort, which will measure teacher and administrator effectiveness with performance pay incentives for high performers and a call for the removal of ineffective educators. The district has set ambitious five year goals to raise the four year graduation rate in the district from 70 to 85%, and college readiness from 7% to 32%.

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Local & Regional
2:59 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Blue Cross to Shed Tulsa Jobs

Tulsa, OK –
Tulsa is about to lose more jobs. Blue Cross has announced its is consolidating about 200 positions with its operation in Abilene, Texas.

The phase out will start in October and take about six months to complete.

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8:46 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Cleaning Up After Meth

Tulsa, OK – Police raid a methamphetamine lab in a home. The drug makers are busted, and taken to jail. The drug making tools are catalogued and tagged for evidence, and the emergency responders leave. But that's only the tip of the iceberg. The toxins left behind don't just go away. Unless cleaned properly, they could stay for years .creating a potentially deadly hazard for future homeowners or renters.

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Local & Regional
4:27 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Principal Suspended

50-year-old Vicki Smith was booked in the Tulsa Jail and then released on $1,000 bond.
Tulsa County Jail booking photo

Tulsa, OK – The former principal at Houston Elementary in Tulsa is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 50-year-old Vicki Smith is accused of orchestrating a fight between two students in the hallway at the north side school.

The police report says Smith pulled one boy out of a classroom to fight another child last April 2nd. The report states Smith did not intervene until she noticed visitors in the school hallway.

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Local & Regional
4:26 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Abortion Law Goes to Court

A pro-life sign is posted across the street from Tulsa's Reproductive Services headquarters.
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Oral arguments made in abortion lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma County judge has listened to oral arguments in a lawsuit over an Oklahoma law that requires women to have an ultrasound examination before getting an abortion.

Judge Vicki Robertson took the arguments under advisement Tuesday.

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Local & Regional
4:23 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

A Bite of the Big Apple

New York City from the top of the Empire State Building.
KWGS News Photo

New York City, NY –
The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce is taking a bite out of the Big Apple. A trade delegation, featuring Governor Henry and Mayor Taylor are holding an Economic Round Table in New York City.

Mike Neal is the Chamber's President. He says they are calling on businesses based in New York with Oklahoma ties.

The Oklahoma delegation held a reception last night after the Tulsa Ballet performed last night at the Joyce Theater.

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