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11:49 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Attorney wants no autopsy photos

Tahlequah, OK – Okla lawyer wants autopsy photos excluded at trial

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The lawyer for a Tahlequah man charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting has asked a judge to exclude autopsy photographs of the victim.

Defense attorney Jacky Tracy filed a motion last week seeking to keep the jury from seeing the pictures, calling them "gruesome," and arguing that their use would create an unfair prejudice to his client, Kent Johnson.

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9:03 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Franks Helps Hobart

Tommy Franks
Franks and Associates/File Photo

Hobart, OK – Franks helping transform small SW Oklahoma town

HOBART, Okla. (AP) Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks is leading a three-day Celebration of Freedom over Memorial Day weekend in the small southwestern Oklahoma town of Hobart, the latest sign of his effect on his adopted hometown.

Franks took up residence near Hobart after retiring as the commander of U.S. Central Command in July 2003. His Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum is one of the city's new attractions.

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8:59 am
Mon May 30, 2011

President Pledges Joplin Help

The President meets with Joplinites
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Joplin, MO – Obama promises to stand by Joplin; Number unaccounted for now stands at 39

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) President Barack Obama has made a commitment to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., that the government will help rebuild.

Obama toured the area Sunday and attended a memorial. He also visited survivors and the bereaved.

Meanwhile, authorities press on with the task of identifying the victims as volunteers combed through wreckage of neighborhoods where nothing was left whole. More than 130 people are dead.

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8:57 am
Mon May 30, 2011

AG Wants Casino Ruling

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Tahlequah, OK – Oklahoma AG wants federal ruling on tribal casino

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

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the National Indian Gaming Commission why it's taken so long to rule on an issue regarding a casino operated by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

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8:38 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Drowning Near Chandler

Chandler, OK – Chandler teen drowns at Bellcow Lake

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) Authorities say an 18-year-old Chandler man has drowned while swimming in Bellcow Lake.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Dylan Simpson drowned about noon Saturday in the lake, which is located within the Chandler city limits in Lincoln County.

Troopers say Simpson had seen swimming in the lake but didn't return to the shore.

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1:24 pm
Sun May 29, 2011

Joplin Tornado Update

Joplin, MO – Number unaccounted for drops to 40 in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) There are now 40 people who remain unaccounted for a week after a massive tornado hit Joplin.

Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the number of unaccounted "just dropped" to 40 because of the latest deceased whose next-of-kin have been notified. The number had stood at about 100.

More than 130 people have been reported killed in the storm that hit Joplin a week ago.

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1:20 pm
Sun May 29, 2011

Missing Plane Found

Enid, OK – Plane thought missing landed at private airstrip

ENID, Okla. (AP) A plane thought to be missing while flying over Oklahoma instead landed at a private airstrip.

The Enid News and Eagle reported that emergency responders had started a wide-scale search Saturday afternoon before the plane's whereabouts were determined.

Garfield County Undersheriff Jerry Niles says the Federal Aviation Administration contacted a dispatcher, saying a plane last seen on radar as being south of Enid hadn't been on radar in 40 minutes.

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1:14 pm
Sun May 29, 2011

Convictions Upheld

Tulsa, OK – Convictions upheld for scammers in historic bonds

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

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Two men convicted in Tulsa of using 19th-century railroad bonds and 100-year-old Chinese bonds to scam investors have lost their federal appeal.

The Tulsa World reports that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld convictions of Joseph L. Thornburgh of Mounds and Steven Fishman of Corona, California.

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9:31 am
Sat May 28, 2011

TCF Aids Joplin

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Community Foundation creates tornado fund
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Community Foundation has created a fund to which people can donate to help others recovering from deadly tornadoes that swept through the state earlier in the week.

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9:18 am
Sat May 28, 2011

More Dead in Joplin

Only the bathroom floor is left of this Joplin home
Karen Redden

Joplin, MO – Names released of 31 dead from Joplin tornado

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Missouri authorities have released the names of 31 people confirmed dead from the tornado that ripped through Joplin earlier this week.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety made the list of names public Friday night after next of kin were notified. Gov. Jay Nixon has directed state troopers to help notify the kin of others killed in the storm. The Department of Public Safety plans to release daily updates on its website, www.dps.mo.gov .

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