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9:34 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Thanks, But No Thanks

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Oklahoma City, OK – Doctor offered Okla. ME's job turns it down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state's interim chief medical examiner says he's turned down an offer to hold the job on a full-time basis.

Andrew Sibley told The Oklahoman on Thursday that he felt he didn't have the complete support of the state's Board of Medicolegal Investigations, which oversees the Medical Examiner's office. He says the job offer "was an afterthought out of desperation" by the board.

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9:32 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Proposal: Trim Perks

Brian Bingman
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate leader says lawmakers' travel could be cut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The incoming state Senate President Pro Tem says it's conceivable that reimbursement to lawmakers for travel, lodging and meals could be cut during the upcoming fiscal year.

Oklahoma legislators were paid $2.5 million in such reimbursements during the past two fiscal years. State law allows for weekly mileage reimbursements for travel to the Capitol for all legislators.

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9:29 am
Fri November 19, 2010

OU Gift

Oklahoma City, OK – Tulsa couple gives $12M to Okla. U. Health Center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren says a couple from Tulsa has donated $12 million to the OU Health Sciences Center, the largest ever one-time gift to the program.

A news release from OU on Thursday said the donation was made by Peggy and Charles Stephenson, specifically to benefit cancer programs.

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7:31 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Friday Morning's Local News

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Local News Coverage this Friday Morning

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Vet Affairs

Rita Aragon
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Governor-elect Mary Fallin today named retired Major General Rita Aragon as her next secretary of veterans affairs.

"No one is more experienced or more effective when it comes to Oklahoma's military and veterans needs than Rita Aragon," said Fallin. "As an accomplished military woman and a dedicated public servant, I know Rita will make an invaluable member of my cabinet."

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12:56 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

10-Digit Dialing

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Spokesman Matt Skinner.
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Tulsa, OK – We are running out of telephone numbers in the 918 area code. Effective March fifth of next year, you'll need to dial the area code to place a local call.

Right now, we are in a trial period where you can either dial seven or ten digits to place a local call. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Matt Skinner says you should be reprogramming telephones.

Early next year, new phone numbers will have a new 539 area code. Existing numbers will remain the same. Skinner says long distance service will not be impacted.

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12:49 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Plea Entered in Abuse Case

Meredith Howard
Tulsa County Jail

Tulsa, OK – A not guilty plea for Tulsa Day Care worker Meredith Howard. She is the John Knox Child Care worker accused of abusing a 19-month-old girl in her care.

The plea was entered this morning in Tulsa District Court by her attorney Alan Smallwood. The 38-year-old Howard will be back in court next month.

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9:56 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Pension Woes

Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Meacham offers plan to deal with pension liability

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Outgoing state Treasurer Scott Meacham is outlining a plan he says will help Oklahoma deal with its $16.5 billion unfunded liability for the state's public pension system.

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9:55 am
Thu November 18, 2010

BOK Center Threat

Tulsa's BOK Center
BOK Center

Minneapolis, MN – Minn. man sentenced for false bomb threat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for reporting a false bomb threat to the FBI.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 26-year-old Daniel Gerald Peterson of Hutchinson was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months on one count of offering false information and hoaxes.

Peterson pleaded guilty in June.

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