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7:56 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Gas Price Hike

Tulsa, OK – Gasoline price are up again in Tulsa.

The price for regular-unleaded jumped a dime a gallon over night. It is $3.69 today at most Tulsa area convenience stores.

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7:54 am
Fri April 29, 2011

HUD Grants

Oklahoma City, OK – HUD awards more than $770,000 to Oklahoma agencies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary has awarded $770,246 in new grants to six homelessness programs in Oklahoma.

Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Thursday that the Continuum of Care grants are an investment in local projects that have never received HUD homeless funds in the past. Donovan says the funding will provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families.

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7:51 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Sally Kern offers Apology

Oklahoma Capitol
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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. legislator slights blacks, women in debate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma legislator disparaged blacks and women during a House debate on an affirmative action bill, and the NAACP is asking that she give up her seat.

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7:48 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Health Care Becomes Hot Topic

Oklahoma City, OK – Voters pepper Lankford with questions at town hall

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma voters upset with a proposed GOP plan to overhaul Medicare peppered new Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford with questions over how future retirees will fare under the proposal.

Oklahoma's newest congressman held his first public town hall meeting Thursday in Oklahoma City, and most of the questions centered on changes to Medicare.

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10:33 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Dixon/Rudick Update

Tulsa School Superintendent Keith Ballard.
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Tulsa, OK – Statement from Superintendent Keith Ballard:

"In light of the city prosecutor's decision to drop the municipal charges against Lynnette Dixon, I am reinstating her as principal of Hawthorne Elementary effective Thursday, April 28, 2011.

"I have completed my review of TPS Police Chief Gary Rudick, assisted by Chief of Staff Robert F. Burton, Sr. and Chief Operations and Information Officer Todd Lee. I want to make it clear that I found Chief Rudick's action inappropriate.

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9:02 am
Thu April 28, 2011

News Not Good for Wheat Farmers

Oklahoma City, OK – Despite the soggy conditions in our part of the state, western Oklahoma is bone dry. Mike Schulte is the head of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. He fears at least half of the state's crop is lost.

He says some farmer are filing for disaster coverage now and starting to plane for another crop.

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8:55 am
Thu April 28, 2011

River Update

Tahlequah, OK – Oklahoma river has crested but flooding ongoing

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Cherokee County officials say the Illinois River has crested at Tahlequah and has begun to recede, but major flooding is still occurring after the region received more than a foot of rain.

The Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management office said Wednesday that floodwaters are approaching 4 to 6 feet in the Lakewood and Carlisle Cove areas, and county commissioners are building temporary roadways for residents to get in and out.

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8:54 am
Thu April 28, 2011

State of Emergency

Storm clouds roll over the state.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin declares emergency after severe Okla storms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 11 Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding.

Fallin issued the declaration Wednesday for Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, LeFlore, McCurtain, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Ottawa, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties.

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8:52 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Oklahoma's Birther Bill

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House passes presidential 'birther' bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before appearing on a state primary election ballot. The measure passed the same day that President Barack Obama made public his detailed birth certificate.

Without debate, the House Wednesday evening voted 77-13 for the measure by Rep. Sue Tibbs of Tulsa and sent it to the Senate for further consideration.

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