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12:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (1/24/15)

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This week on BusinessWorld, the European Union looks to boost its economy through a bond buying program which will have impact beyond its own economies.  The airline industry is benefiting from lower oil prices and we have some ideas on how they might use those newfound profits.

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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Sat January 24, 2015

State Ranks Among Worst in Education Outcomes Report

A new report finds Oklahoma is near the bottom of the list nationally on the quality of education it provides to students.

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Local & Regional
7:30 am
Sat January 24, 2015

In Perry, Tribal Rights Clear Way for Neighborhood Casino

The Oteo Missouria Tribe has razed three homes in an east Perry neighborhood to build a casino and parking lot.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

PERRY -- The house, crouching in the middle of a neighborhood in east Perry, sat unoccupied for years.

Its shingles were rotted, and its metal porch railing was bent. Weeds and brush rose from the foundation past gaping, empty windows.

Last year, city officials notified the owners that they needed to clean up the property. The city wasn’t prepared for the counteroffer.

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, which oversees the property, held in federal trust, proposed instead to raze the home and build a casino.

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Local & Regional
7:15 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Oklahoma AG Says He Will Defend State Execution Protocol

The white walls of the McAlester State Prison
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says his office will defend the constitutionality of the state's method for executing death row inmates as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge by three death row inmates.

The nation's high court announced Friday it will hear arguments by inmates who are challenging the state's method for conducting executions.

Pruitt says Oklahoma's method has been deemed constitutional by two federal courts and has been successfully implemented in the state as well as in Florida.

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Local & Regional
7:12 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Oklahoma Rig Count Declines by 8 as Oil Slide Continues

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,633.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,317 rigs were exploring for oil and 316 for gas. A year ago 1,777 rigs were active.

Among the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count declined by 13, North Dakota dropped nine, Oklahoma fell eight. Colorado's rig count was unchanged.

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Local & Regional
7:09 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Union: American Airlines Pressuring Mechanics on Safety

American Airlines largest repair facility is in Tulsa
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DALLAS (AP) — A union is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes before they are safe to fly.

Local 591 of the Transport Workers Union says that union officials who raised objections were threatened with termination or even arrest.

American Airlines denies the allegations, saying that it complies with federal safety rules. A spokesman said Friday that regulators have not contacted the airline about any critical issues.

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Local & Regional
4:32 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Supreme Court Will Review Execution Drug's Use

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it does not produce a deep, comalike unconsciousness and ensure that a prisoner does not experience intense and needless pain when other drugs are injected to kill him.

Oklahoma uses midazolam as one of three drugs in lethal injection executions.

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Local & Regional
2:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Criminal Justice Authority Passes Jail Agreement With Cities

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Tulsa and Jenks have new jail agreements with the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority.

The authority Friday passed Jenks’ unanimously and Tulsa’s 4–1. The agreements are nearly identical.

During the meeting, Tulsa City Attorney David O’Meilia said the city disagrees with a declaration that the sheriff runs the jail and would like to clarify language about daily rates. That caused noticeable frustration among the county commissioners on the authority.

Authority Chair Karen Keith said who operates the jail shouldn't be an issue.

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Local & Regional
2:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Oklahoma Agriculture Department Plans Plasticulture Workshop

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — For the ninth straight year, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is hosting a workshop for plasticulture farmers.

The workshop provides gardeners with the latest information as well as time-tested methods for producing bountiful crops. This year's workshop is planned Feb. 7 at the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center in Okmulgee.

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Local & Regional
2:16 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Muskogee Police Release Graphic Video of Police Shooting

The video shows the officer approaching the suspect in the church parking lot.
Credit Muskogee Police

Muskogee Police release the officer body camera video of last week’s fatal shooting of Terrance Walker, Jr.  KWGS has reviewed the video and opted not to post it here because of its graphic nature.

The Video Shows:

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