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7:52 am
Mon January 9, 2012

More Shaking

Choctaw, OK – Small earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma

CHOCTAW, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a small earthquake in central Oklahoma.

No injuries or damage are reported.

The 2.7 magnitude quake occurred at 8:50 p.m. Sunday and was centered between about three miles northeast of Choctaw about 16 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are general the smallest that are felt by humans.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Pension Reform Ahead

Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmaker to push further changes to Okla. pensions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma lawmakers made major changes last year to shore up the unfunded liability of the state's major pension systems but the House member who led much of the reform says there's more work to be done.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Randy McDaniel says his plans for further change include a proposed constitutional amendment that he says will provide even more stability to the state's retirement plans.

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Local & Regional
7:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Monday Morning News

Tulsa, OK – Hear this morning's early morning local news from KWGS

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Local & Regional
9:49 am
Sun January 8, 2012

On the Lam

Fort Supply, OKL – Inmate escapes northwest Oklahoma state prison

FORT SUPPLY, Okla. (AP) Authorities say an inmate has escaped the William Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply.

The Department of Corrections says 50-year-old Michael Weber disappeared sometime after a head count at 9 p.m. Friday.

Weber was serving a five-year term for possession of a stolen vehicle in Okmulgee County. He was due for release in August 2013.

The prison in northwestern Oklahoma is a minimum security prison.

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Local & Regional
9:46 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Tribal AG Nominated

Bill John Baker
Bill John Baker

Tahlequah, OK – Okla. tribe chief nominates lawyer to be tribal AG

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker has announced his choice for the tribe's next attorney general.

Baker said in a statement released Friday that he will nominate Tahlequah lawyer Todd Hembree to be the successor to A. Diane Hammons, whose term expired last year.

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Local & Regional
9:43 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Government Appointments

Mary Fallin

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor appoints 7 to Oklahoma state boards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Governor Mary Fallin has made appointments to five state boards, including the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Oklahoma Funeral Board.

Fallin's office says Edmond psychologist Stewart Beasley will replace Gale Hobson on the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and Oklahoma State University clinical assistant professor Teri Bourdeau will replace Tom Brian.

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Local & Regional
9:41 am
Sun January 8, 2012

More Casino Opposition

sign marks Casino spot
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Broken Arrow, OK – Lawmakers oppose planned Broken Arrow casino

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators and a U.S. Representative are joining the opponents to a planned casino in Broken Arrow by the Kialegee Tribal Town.

Congressman John Sullivan told the Tulsa World that he and U.S. Senator Tom Coburn have sent letters to National Indian Gaming Commission Chairwoman Tracie Stevens and Assistant U.S. Interior Secretary Larry Echo Hawk. Sullivan says the letters ask for the status of efforts to have land approved for a casino.

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Local & Regional
9:12 am
Sat January 7, 2012

College Drop Out from Two Year Schools

Oklahoma City. Ok – Okla. spends millions on two-year college dropouts
Okla. spends millions on two-year college dropouts

(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new study says Oklahoma spends millions of dollars on community college students who drop out before their second year of school.

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StudioTulsa
4:42 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Tulsa Symphony Presents "Musical Migrations" at the PAC

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Casino Update

Residents gather across the street from a casino construction site in south Broken Arrow.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmaker asks for AG opinion on Okla. casino

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Broken Arrow lawmaker is asking for an official opinion from the attorney general on the legality of a proposed tribal casino in his district.

Rep. Mike Ritze sought the opinion on Thursday, citing strong local opposition and numerous "complicated legal issues" involved with the plan to build the casino.

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