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7:59 am
Thu June 16, 2011

End of State Income Tax; Fallin Goal

Mary Fallin

Lawton, OK – Okla. governor wants to do away with income tax

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says her long-term goal is to do away with the state income tax and alter Oklahoma's tax structure to pay for essential government services.

Fallin made the comment Wednesday following a town-hall meeting at Fort Sill in Lawton.

The governor says she has no specific proposal to further reduce the income tax. The state's top tax rate is scheduled to drop from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent on Jan. 1.

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7:57 am
Thu June 16, 2011

ODOT Worker Killed

KWGS File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla transportation inspector dies after accident

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Authorities say an Oklahoma Department of Transportation inspector has died following an accident at a highway construction site in Oklahoma City.

Officials said Wednesday that 53-year-old Terry Clubb of Harrah died Tuesday night at OU Medical Center.

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7:54 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Wrongdoing in Treasurer's Office?

Treasurer Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. treasurer seeks investigation of employee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Ken Miller says he has requested an investigation of an employee of his office.

In a statement released Wednesday, Miller says he has learned of an allegation of wrongdoing by an employee. Miller didn't identify the employee nor did he describe the nature of the allegation.

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7:52 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Drowning in Cimarron River

Guthrie, OK – Wildlife Service volunteer drowns in Okla. river

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) A man who drowned after falling in the Cimarron River near Guthrie while helping perform surveys for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife has been identified.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says searchers found the body of 22-year-old Joshua Griffin of Tulsa about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in about 8 feet of water.

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7:47 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Thursday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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7:58 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Storms Leave Damage and Injured

Undated – 1 person hurt as storms leave damage in Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Severe thunderstorms pounded parts of central Oklahoma, leaving some people trapped in their cars by power lines brought down by strong winds.

Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey says one person was cut on the head after a severe storm knocked a power line onto a car. Bailey also said several people were trapped in their vehicles by power lines at an apartment complex.

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7:53 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Carbon Monoxide Leak

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Tulsa, OK – Carbon monoxide leak makes 5 ill at Okla business

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Authorities say five people at a Tulsa business have been treated for carbon monoxide exposure.

Firefighters responded to a call at Kentube about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokesman Chris Stevens says a 33-year-old man was transported from the scene to a hospital in serious condition. The others were treated at the scene.

Hazardous materials crews also responded to the call.

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7:51 am
Wed June 15, 2011

New Jobs in OKC

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin announces 150 new OKC manufacturing jobs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma City-based UE Manufacturing is creating 150 new jobs through the opening of a new manufacturing division.

UE Manufacturing, a division of United Holdings, is a global supplier and manufacturer of oilfield service equipment. The company's expansion will focus on remanufacturing previously used equipment.

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7:48 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Suspension Over Mosque Event

Tulsa, OK – Okla. officer suspended for not attending event

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa police captain who wouldn't make his officers attend a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at a local mosque because it violated his religious beliefs has been suspended without pay for two weeks.

According to a personnel order, Capt. Paul Fields was suspended for violating the department's rules on being obedient and on conduct unbecoming of an officer.

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