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11:31 am
Sat July 9, 2011

Tribal Hearing Continues

Tahlequah, OK – Hearing on Okla. tribe's disputed election resumes

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) A hearing to determine whether a recount in the contentious Cherokee Nation principal chief election should stand will resume in Tahlequah Saturday.

Members of the tribal election commission and others testified before the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Friday that the voter database wasn't regularly updated and expressed concern that there were errors with absentee votes cast in the June 25 election.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Sat July 9, 2011

NEO Escapee

Miami, OK – Okla. authorities seek escaped jail inmate

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) Authorities say an Ottawa County jail inmate escaped after he got out of his handcuffs.

The sheriff's office says 22-year-old Herman Jones was being taken to the jail about 9:40 a.m. Friday after a court appearance when he slipped out of his restraints and ran away.

Jones ran through the city of Miami until he reached a wooded area near the Neosho River.

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Local & Regional
11:20 am
Sat July 9, 2011

Hot Car Death

Norman, OK – Child found in hot car dies at Okla. hospital

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Police say a 3-year-old child who was found inside a hot car has died at a Norman hospital.

Capt. Tom Easley says officers responded to a north Norman residence about 2:20 p.m. Friday after getting a call from a babysitter who reported that a little boy was missing child. Easley says the child was found inside a car at the home a short time later.

The boy was taken to Norman Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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StudioTulsa
7:19 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

"Collective Trust: Why Schools Can't Improve Without It"

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Local & Regional
3:17 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Fort Gibson Lake Update:

File photo of Taylor Ferry Beach
Army Corp Of Engineers

Tulsa, OK –
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has determined it was not harmful Blue-Green Algae at the Chouteau Bend Recreation area.

However, the Corp's Ross Adkins says it has been found at a more popular area. Adkins says tests have confirmed the Blue Green Algae at the Taylor Ferry Swim Beach. The Corp is closing that beach immediately.

Adkins says additional tests are now being performed of algae found at Tenkiller Lake.

The Grand River Dam Authority still has warnings in effect for BGA on Grand Lake.

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Local & Regional
3:16 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

10 Hurt in Bus Crash

The sign outside of Tulsa Transits headquarters at 5th and Rockford.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Ten people are sent to various hospitals are a car slams into a Tulsa Transit bus. It happened around 11:30 this morning near 45th and South Lewis Avenue.

EMSA transported the people to the hospital. The injures were not believed to be serious.

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Local & Regional
2:34 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

A.G. Declines Ouster Request

John Eagleton
KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt declines to go forward with any ouster proceedings against Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett. City Councilor John Eagleton had requested the ouster action. He says he's disappointed and disagrees with the finding, but 'Pruitt is the Attorney General and that's the way it is'.

Pruitt cited jurisdictional issues, but in his response goes on to say even if jurisdiction had been properly invoked the law and facts relevant to the allegations do not support the bringing of an ouster action.

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Local & Regional
1:19 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Cherokee Election Dispute

The Cherokee Supreme Court Justices
Cherokee Nation

Tahlequah, OK – Okla. tribal court to determine chief's race winner

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court will determine who won last month's disputed principal chief election.

If the court finds there is enough evidence that votes were miscounted or not counted at all, it's possible the justices will call for a new election. Under Cherokee law, that duty falls to incumbent Chief Chad Smith, who remains in office until Aug. 14.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Summer Heat

Tulsa, Ok – Heat sets records in Oklahoma City, Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The searing heat has set temperature records in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The National Weather Service says the mercury peaked at 108 degrees in Oklahoma City on Thursday, breaking a record set in 1996 of 106 degrees.

Up the turnpike in Tulsa, a record high temperature of 104 degrees was set on Thursday. Forecasters say the old record high for July 7 was 103 degrees back in 1917.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Muncipal Court Closed Again

Tulsa, OK – Power outage closes Tulsa municipal courts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A power outage has forced the closure of the City of Tulsa Municipal Courts.

Officials closed the courts on Thursday because of the outage and announced that Friday's sessions would be cancelled as well.

Officials reset Thursday's proceedings for July 19 to run at the same time they were scheduled on the original dockets. Friday's scheduled cases will be heard on July 22 at the same time they were originally scheduled.

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