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7:14 am
Sat July 30, 2011

Election Set

Tahlequah, OK – New election for Cherokee chief set for Sept. 24

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The head of one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes has scheduled a new election for principal chief for Sept. 24.

The Cherokee Supreme Court ordered a new election after deciding it was impossible to determine with any certainty who won a June 25 election between Principal Chief Chad Smith and longtime councilman Bill John Baker. As chief, Smith set the date for a new election.

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12:48 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Disaster Assistance

Oklahoma City, OK – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest loans are available for small non-farm businesses affected by severe weather in 73 Oklahoma counties.

SBA Disaster Field Operations Center Director Alfred Judd said in a news release Friday that the loans are intended to offset economic losses since Jan. 1. The SBA says the losses were due to the combined effects of drought, wildfires, excessive heat, excessive rain, flooding, tornadoes, lightning, high winds, hail, blizzards and freezes.

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8:05 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Mayor Promises Veto

Mayor Bartlett address reporters at City Hall
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett plans to veto the proposed city charter changes. The proposal would change the current strong-mayor form of government to a city manager chosen by the council. Bartlett says these changes are not in the best interest of the people and is unneeded.

The changes would also increase salaries for the council from $18,000 to $34,000 a year and increase council term limits.

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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Fri July 29, 2011

EMT Conference Here

Ambulances of display at EMT Trade show
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK –
Tulsa is playing host to a statewide E-M-T Conference. It is a chance for Emergency Medical Responders to earn continuing education credit.


The President of the Instructor/Coordinator Division of the state E-M-T Chapter is James Fields. He says such conferences are a benefit to rural responders.


There is also a trade show featuring everything from light bars to ambulances to all of the needed supplies. The conference ends tomorrow.


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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Fri July 29, 2011

No Election Date---Yet

Tahlequah, OK – Okla tribal chief hasn't set new election date yet

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith hasn't scheduled a special election yet to decide who will be the tribe's next chief.

Spokesman Mike Miller said Thursday that Smith wanted to wait until after the Cherokee Nation Council met to consider possible changes to election law. The council has planned a meeting for Aug. 5.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Fri July 29, 2011

State Pension Probe

Scott Pruitt

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. AG plans probe of pension investments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is launching an investigation into how various financial institutions are handling state pension investments.

Pruitt said he opened the investigation Thursday after being notified about potential wrongdoing.

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Power Usage Up

PSO power plant at Oologah.
KWGS News

Oklahoma City, OK – Electricity demand breaks records in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's heat wave isn't just breaking temperature records, it's also causing electricity demand to reach all-time highs.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric says electricity consumption reached 6,835 megawatts on Wednesday, more than the 6,642 megawatts reported on July 18.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma also reported that demand for electricity reached 4,277 megawatts on Wednesday, topping the previous record of 4,200 megawatts set on Aug. 4, 2008.

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Local & Regional
7:49 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Friday Morning News

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

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