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9:40 am
Sat July 23, 2011

Bill Addresses Tribal Domestic Violence

Congressman Boren at a town hall meeting
Dan Boren

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. congressman praises proposed law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Rep. Dan Boren is praising President Obama's initiative to enact legislation that would increase protections against domestic violence on Native American tribal land.

The Justice Department has urged Congress to approve legislation to address the shortcomings of current laws that often allow non-Indian assailants to escape criminal investigations and prosecutions by tribal authorities when domestic violence is committed on tribal land.

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9:36 am
Sat July 23, 2011

Man Dead in Downtown Park

KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK –
Okla ME to determine what killed man found in park

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office will determine what caused the death of a man discovered at a downtown park.

Officers say a passerby called them after finding the man face down at the Plaza of the Americas about 2:45 p.m. Friday. Paramedics determined he had died.

Authorities aren't releasing the man's name until family members can be notified. Officers say he was 56 years old.

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9:32 am
Sat July 23, 2011

State Trooper Resign

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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. trooper quits as OHP looks into allegation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The head of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says results of an investigation into an allegation of misconduct by a trooper will be forwarded to the Logan County District Attorney's office.

Col. Kerry Pettingill said Friday night that Patrick Venable resigned June 29 as officials began looking into an accusation made by an anonymous tipster. Pettingill didn't reveal what the phone call was about.

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9:28 am
Sat July 23, 2011

Unemployment Rate Stays Same

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's June unemployment rate stays the same

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's unemployment rate remained unchanged in June.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the state jobless rate was 5.3 percent, the same rate reported in May.

Last month's unemployment rate is below the June 2010 rate of 7 percent.

The biggest job losses came in financial activities, professional and business services, and information technology.

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4:49 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Riverside Rescue

The Tulsa Fire Department uses a \"banana boat\" to get to the stranded family.
Charlie Spears KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Alarm at Riverside today. Tulsa Fire & Police rescue a family of 3 who were stranded on a sandbar.

Two adults and a 2 year old child were stuck in the middle of the river when the water began rising. The Fire Department's Tim Smallwood says two crews were involved in the rescue.

The operation went smoothly and no one was hurt.

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12:31 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Tulsa United Film Festival

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa United Film Festival features several independent films this weekend including "I do, I don't", a film by Maggie Sargent about marriage, divorce, and faith.

The festival kicked off Thursday evening with "The Pink Panther", a classic comedy by the late Tulsan, Blake Edwards.

Tulsa United will run through the weekend until Monday night.

For more information go to http://www.theunitedfest.com/tulsa/

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8:01 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Muskogee Fish Kill

Muskogee, OK – Hundreds of fish killed in pond at Okla. park

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Hundreds of fish have been found dead at a large pond in a Muskogee park.

Crews were out trying to clean up fish carcasses that littered the water on the west end of Honor Heights Park on Wednesday.

Parks Superintendent Rick Ewing told the Muskogee Phoenix that the kill appears to have affected bait fish, and that bass, catfish and perch were spared. Most of the fish killed were shad.

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7:58 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Fast Foward Plan

INCOG

Tulsa, OK – The Indian Nation's Council of Governments is out with its "Fast Forward Mass Transit Plan". Incog Planner James Wagoner says one proposal is to increase the number of routes with a "hub and spoke" type system, much like the airlines.

The plan also includes routes to Broken Arrow, Owasso, Jenks and Bixby. There is also a light rail and electric street car component to the plan.

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7:55 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Trash Board Set at theCurb

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council spends over two hours talking about your trash service. In the end, the council voted to strip the Trash Board of the authority to make contracts with trash haulers.

City Councilor Bill Christiansen says that is too much power for unelected people.
Only Councilor G.T. Bynum voted against the measure. Mayor Bartlett will likely veto it when it reaches his desk.

At issue is whether to make changes to the trash pick-up service in Tulsa. The contract expires in less than a year.

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