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2:40 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Enhancements to Veterans' Court

G.T. Bynum, Matt Stiner, Rita Aragon and Mayor Bartlett
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Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett with Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Rita Aragon and Councilor G.T. Bynum announced today that the City of Tulsa Municipal Courts will start a Veteran's Treatment Court beginning March 25, 2011. The Municipal Veteran's Treatment Court is the first of its kind in the country and will have a specialized docket targeting veterans charged with misdemeanor offenses.

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12:30 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Police Training Class Begins

Police Chief Chuck Jordan
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Tulsa, OK – 42-Rookies begin their training to join the Tulsa Police Department. But, despite the recruits, Police Chief Chuck Jordan says the new class will just cover the number of officers who retired.

The Chief says it could be awhile before Tulsa gets above 800-police officers.

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12:19 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Judge On Other Side of Bench

District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure
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Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma judge turns herself in on charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma County judge facing more than 30 fraud and perjury counts in a foster-care claims case has turned herself in at the county jail.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers says District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure and her husband, Carlos LeSure, surrendered just before 10 a.m. Monday. Both were booked into the jail and released on their own recognizance, awaiting their initial court appearance.

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12:17 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Two Enid Churches to Merge

Enid, OK –

ENID, Okla. (AP) The archbishop of the Oklahoma City archdiocese says one of Enid's two Catholic churches will close on June 1.

Archbishop Eusebius Beltran told parishioners at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on Sunday that the church will merge with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He says the two-parish system had been in place in Enid for almost 40 years.

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9:58 am
Mon January 24, 2011

David Walters Collects Millions

Oklahoma City, OK – Ex-governor collects millions in rent from Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Former Gov. David Walters and his wife have collected millions of dollars in rent from state agencies since Walters left office.

The Democrat was governor from 1991 to 1995.

The Oklahoman reports the state has paid more than $2.3 million in rent for office space to real estate companies owned by Walters and his wife in the past five years.

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7:52 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Weekend Bank Robbery

Tulsa, OK – Man robs Oklahoma bank

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say a south-side bank has been robbed.

Officers say the heist at MidFirst Bank happened around 11:15 a.m. Saturday when a white male walked into the bank and claimed to have a gun. The man got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

There were no reports of injuries.

Witnesses told police the robber left in a periwinkle blue Chrysler 300 car.

He was described as being 35 to 45 years old, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds.

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7:50 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Fire Fighter Grant

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa officials optimistic about firefighter grant

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa officials are awaiting formal confirmation that the city will get a $4.2 million federal grant to hire 46 firefighters.

The Tulsa World reports that the city has about 631 firefighters, compared with 676 in December 2009, because of the suspension of firefighter academies for more than two years.

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7:48 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Cuts in the Insurance Department

Oklahoma City, OK – OK Insurance Dept to cut 6 fraud investigators

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's new insurance commissioner plans to lay off six of the office's nine fraud investigators.

Commissioner John Doak says the cuts will save $323,000 per year and will enable the office to focus on fraud allegedly committed by insurance companies.

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7:43 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

Tulsa, OK – The Top Local Stories from KWGS News:

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10:17 am
Sun January 23, 2011

Cuts Ahead

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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla child advocates criticize possible cuts

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A children's advocacy group and others are criticizing the Oklahoma Department of Health for threatening to eliminate child abuse prevention services if the agency's budget is cut.

State Health Department officials said last week that if the agency's budget is slashed by 5 percent in the 2012 fiscal year because of decreased revenues, the Office of Child Abuse Prevention would be eliminated.

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