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8:01 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Governor Under Goes the Knife

Mary Fallin
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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin to undergo hip surgery

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to have arthroscopic surgery on her left hip to relieve pain she has experienced in recent months.

Communications director Alex Weintz (WENTS) says the governor will have the outpatient surgery Tuesday morning at an Oklahoma City hospital. Weintz says she will return to the Governor's Mansion later in the morning and work from there for the remainder of the week while she recovers.

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7:55 am
Tue July 26, 2011

The Heat Rebuilds

Oklahoma City, OK –

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The excessive heat that has enveloped Oklahoma has caused six deaths and is suspected in seven other cases.

The Oklahoman reports that the state medical examiner's office cited heat as having caused the death of a 91-year-old woman in Tulsa on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says an excessive heat warning remains in effect for 24 counties in the eastern part of the state until late Saturday. Tulsa, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Wagoner and Washington counties are included in the warning.

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Local & Regional
3:30 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Social Security Cuts

Tulsa, OK – Congressional Budget cuts force the Tulsa Social Security Office to close a half hour early.

Agency workers will continue to work regular hours, but public availability will only be from 9am to 3:30pm effective August 15. This is a result of a 1 billion dollar cut Congress made to Social Security this fiscal year.

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Local & Regional
1:30 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Storm Leaves One Person Injured

Chouteau, OK – Okla. storm flips buggy, Amish woman injured

CHOUTEAU, Okla. (AP) A storm that moved through Chouteau flipped a horse and buggy and injured an Amish woman.

Mayes County emergency officials say the Sunday storm struck an Amish community southwest of Choteau.

Mayes County emergency manager Johnny Janzen says downbursts destroyed one barn and damaged several others near Chouteau. Also, six homes sustained roof damage near Pryor and four barns were destroyed.

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Local & Regional
11:18 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Wreck Claims Life

Henryetta, OK – A Henryetta woman is killed in an overnight car crash on an Okmulgee County road.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Christi Yates was killed when her car left the roadway and overturned. She was thrown from the car and was dead at the scene.

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StudioTulsa
11:10 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Philbrook Will Soon Host a Creativity Summit

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Local & Regional
8:57 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Distracted Drivers

Tulsa, OK – On your commute today, keep this stat in mind. For every 10-cars you see; at least one of the drivers is being distracted. Tulsa Police traffic coordinator Craig Murray the afternoons are worse than mornings.

He says everything is competing for our attention while driving from kids in the back seat to the beeping of incoming text messages.

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Local & Regional
8:55 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Algae Update

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Tulsa, OK – On the Blue Green Algae hunt this morning are rangers at Oklahoma's Lakes.

The Army Corp of Engineers' Ross Atkins says they are constantly monitoring the lakes. Dangerous algae has been found growing at most of the area lakes


He says you can still use your boat, just don't speed through stagnate water.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Immigration Fines are Rare

Tulsa, OK – Fines for immigration violations rare in Oklahoma

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Since, 2005, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have cited two Oklahoma businesses for violating immigration laws, a number an immigration attorney calls "extraordinarily low."

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Heat Wave Continues

The sign in front of the National Weather Service Office on 11th Street near Highway 169.
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Tulsa, OK – 24 Oklahoma counties under excessive heat warning

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Twenty-four counties in eastern Oklahoma are under an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.

The warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday for Cherokee, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Pawnee, Ottawa, Pushmataha, Choctaw, Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Muskogee, Le Flore, Latimer and Haskell counties.

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