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8:07 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Election Appointments

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor appoints 5 to Oklahoma Election Board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed five people, including a former Oklahoma Corporation Commission member, to the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Fallin announced Wednesday that ex-Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth was named to the board as a Democratic member. His appointment and the other four appointments must be confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.

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Local & Regional
8:04 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Tulsa School Gets National Honor

Tulsa, OK – The U.S. Department of Education today named six schools in Oklahoma as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Tulsa's Carver Middle School is among those schools. These public and private K-12 schools are among the 305 being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Freedmen Can Vote

Tulsa, OK – Okla. tribe's commission allows freedmen to vote

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation Election Commission has voted to allow descendants of tribal members' former black slaves to participate in the upcoming principal chief election.

Commission chairwoman Susan Plumb said in a statement following Wednesday's special meeting that any Cherokee freedmen registered to vote can cast a challenge or provisional ballot.

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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Health Care Costs

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmakers discuss new health care law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials estimate an additional 140,000 Oklahomans will become enrolled in Medicaid once the new federal health care law takes effect, costing the state an extra $24 million annually.

Officials with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority presented those figures Wednesday during a meeting with lawmakers on how the new law will affect Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Thursday Morning News

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Jobless Claims Rose By 11,000 Last Week; Prices Rose 0.4 Percent In August

The number of people filling first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 11,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

There were 428,000 such claims. After peaking at 659,000 in March 2009, weekly claims started to edge down. But they've remained near or above 400,000 since early April of this year.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Colorado Cat Turns Up In Manhattan

Willow, who somehow got from Colorado to Manhattan, at her temporary home in a New York animal care facility on Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2011).
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 8:09 am

The stories of lost pets turning up years later and hundreds (or thousands) of miles from home keep coming.

Today's tale, from The Associated Press:

"A calico cat named Willow, who disappeared from a home near the Rocky Mountains five years ago, was found Wednesday on a Manhattan street and will soon be returned to a family in which two of the three kids and one of the two dogs may remember her.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Top Stories: USB Loss, Medal Of Honor For Marine

The Two-Way
6:55 am
Thu September 15, 2011

U.K. Prime Minister To Gadhafi: 'It Is Over, Give Up'

"It is over. Give up. The mercenaries should go home."

That's the message today from British Prime Minister David Cameron to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, The Guardian reports.

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Business
6:52 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Rogue Trader Leaves UBS With $2 Billion Loss

Swiss banking giant UBS is struggling to restore its reputation after heavy subprime losses during the financial crisis and an embarrassing U.S. tax evasion case.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Swiss banking giant UBS said Thursday that one of its traders lost an estimated $2 billion through unauthorized transactions, which could result in a loss for its entire third quarter.

Police in London's financial district said they have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the massive loss. He was arrested at 3:30 a.m. on suspicion of abusing his position to commit fraud.

The unidentified trader reportedly worked in UBS's London equities division.

Shares of UBS sank on the Zurich exchange Thursday, at one point plummeting more than 8 percent.

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