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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

(Not for use online in Oklahoma City market.)

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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10:14 am
Sun January 23, 2011

Missing Woman

Delaware County, colored red, is east of Tulsa.
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Jay, OK – Authorities search for missing Oklahoma woman

JAY, Okla. (AP) Delaware County authorities are looking for a woman who has been missing for more than two weeks.

The Tulsa World reports that 29-year-old Misty D. Faulker was last on Jan. 14 around 7:30 p.m. at her grandmother's Eucha residence.

Officers say Faulker is white, stands about 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

She has brown hair and hazel eyes.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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10:11 am
Sun January 23, 2011

Players Arrested

Norman, OK – 2 University of Oklahoma football players arrested

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Two University of Oklahoma football players have been arrested, one on a complaint of driving under the influence and another on a municipal violation in Norman.

Police Lt. Lance Arnold said Kenneth Stills was arrested at 2:10 a.m. Saturday on a DUI complaint near campus. Arnold said Tony Jefferson was taken into custody on a complaint of interfering with official process at the same location about 2:30 a.m.

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10:09 am
Sun January 23, 2011

Panhandle Deaths

Texhoma, OK – Probe continues into 2 Okla. Panhandle deaths
TEXHOMA, Okla. (AP) An autopsy report shows a woman who was hit by a train in the Oklahoma Panhandle had "acceptable levels" of prescription drugs to treat anxiety in her system.

Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza-Williams says Topeka, Kan., resident Rose Warner walked into the path of the train on Oct. 30. Her 5-year-old daughter, Alexandria Warner, was found dead in their room at a Texhoma motel where they had gone after Warner's car broke down.

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