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9:25 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Taylor May Run--But NOT for Mayor

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Taylor may be interested in another position

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The mayor of Oklahoma's second-largest city may not be running for re-election but she hasn't ruled out a bid for another elective office or accepting a public appointment.

Kathy Taylor told the Tulsa World she's not really thinking about it now, but is leaving herself open to possibilities.

Taylor on June 4 announced she would not seek another term, pointing to what she called "partisan politics" playing out between her and the City Council.

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9:20 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Baby Left in Hot Car

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Tulsa, OK – Baby left in hot vehicle

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say an infant boy was taken to a local hospital for observation after he was reportedly left in a hot vehicle outside a department store.

Police Cpl. Mike Hanley says when officers responded to an emergency call Sunday afternoon at a Super Target in southeast Tulsa, the 1-month-old child had been taken out and was cooling off inside the store.

Hanley says the baby reportedly was in the vehicle's back seat for about 30 minutes.

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9:17 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Tulsa County Heat Warning

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County under heat warning

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Tulsa County and a heat advisory for the rest of northeastern Oklahoma.

The warning and advisory are in effect through Tuesday with afternoon temperatures expected in the mid to upper 90s and the heat index in the region may surpass 105 degrees.

The weather service has also issued an excessive heat watch for much of northeast Oklahoma from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

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9:27 am
Sun June 21, 2009

Wind Farms Expanding

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Oklahoma City, OK – New wind farm in western Oklahoma is state's 9th

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new wind farm in far western Oklahoma that recently began delivering energy is the ninth in the state.

Officials from Acciona Energy North America gathered yesterday for a dedication ceremony for the Red Hills Wind Farm, located in Roger Mills and Custer counties near the towns of Elk City and Hammon.

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8:37 am
Sun June 21, 2009

Tulsa Furlough Update

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and City Finance Director Mike Kier go before the Tulsa City Council to discuss additional cuts in Tulsa's proposed new budget.
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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa police, fire consider deferring costs

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor says the city's police and fire unions are trying to determine what costs might be deferred for the upcoming tight budget year for the city.

She says the deferred costs would offset the eight furlough days for city employees that are a part of the $567 million budget just approved by the city council.

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12:57 pm
Sat June 20, 2009

Road Work Ahead

Oklahoma City, OK – Transportation official urges action on road fund


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's top transportation official has urged members of Congress to develop a permanent solution for funding for the federal highway fund, warning them they risk delaying projects if they don't do so.

State Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley tells the Tulsa World's Washington bureau that uncertainty about the highway fund causes "distress" to states in their efforts to develop long-term plans for projects.

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12:56 pm
Sat June 20, 2009

Bomb Threat to Controversial Judge

McAlester is the county-seat of Pittsburg COunty. Pittsburg County is colored red.
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McAlester, OK – Bomb threat empties courthouse


McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Authorities say the Pittsburg County Courthouse was evacuated because someone called a bomb threat into the office of a judge.

The sheriff's department ordered the evacuation after the clerk of District Judge Thomas Bartheld received an anonymous call about 2:15 p.m. Friday implying that a bomb was on the premises.

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9:47 am
Sat June 20, 2009

Stimulus Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Schools to get money for nutrition


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Education has awarded 200 Oklahoma schools more than $1.5 million in federal economic stimulus money for child nutrition.

The agency says the money is separate from funding schools received from the economic stimulus package for special education and Title I programs for math and reading.

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9:34 am
Sat June 20, 2009

New Ethics Rules

State Representative Rex Duncan of Sand Springs
Oklahoma House

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma ethics panel ditches gag rule

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Ethics Commission will no longer enforce a gag rule on people who file ethics complaints.

Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday for the rule change, which will be submitted to the Oklahoma Legislature. Unless lawmakers reject the new rule, it will go into effect.

The commission adopted a resolution stating the change is more in line with current law on First Amendment rights.

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6:28 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

New Pipeline from Trash

Tulsa, OK – Methane pipeline to be dedicated in Tulsa


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A new pipeline that transports methane gas from a Tulsa landfill to a nearby cement plant is dedicated during a ceremony at the facility in northeast Tulsa.

Mayor Kathy Taylor and city officials were on hand to showcase the pipeline at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Lafarge Cement Plant.

The pipeline will be used to transport naturally created methane from the landfill to the plant, where it will be used to fuel equipment there.

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