Local & Regional
8:34 am
Sat August 20, 2011

Oklahoma Unemployment Up

Tulsa, OK – Okla. unemployment rate up again in July

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials report Oklahoma's unemployment rate increased slightly in July, climbing to 5.5 percent.

The figures released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show the rate increased by one-tenth of a percent for the second straight month. Oklahoma's rate was 5.4 percent in June and 5.3 percent in May.

Oklahoma's rate still is significantly better than the national average, which decreased by one-tenth of a percent in July to 9.1 percent.

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8:31 am
Sat August 20, 2011

Turnpike Expansion in Tulsa

Oklahoma City, OK – Agency approves bonds for Okla. turnpike projects

(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has voted to seek a $178 million bond issue to widen parts of two toll roads.

Members were told during their monthly meeting Thursday that work on the Creek and Kilpatrick turnpikes should begin in late spring.

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Local & Regional
8:26 am
Sat August 20, 2011

Burn Ban to be Lifted for Tulsa

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Oklahoma City, OK – Due to recent rainfall in northeastern Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin will lift the burn ban in 16 northeast Oklahoma counties. Effective Tuesday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m. the ban will be lifted in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Kay, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington counties. Most Oklahoma county commissioners meet Monday, August 22 and will have a chance to assess local conditions and consider their own countywide burn bans at that time.

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Local & Regional
8:21 am
Sat August 20, 2011

Fire Union Reaction to EMSA Announcement

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Tulsa, OK – Statement from Dennis Moseby, President of the Tulsa Firefighters Association regarding Mayor Dewey Bartlett's decision today to not allow Tulsa Fire Department to bid on emergency management services system:

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Local & Regional
8:18 am
Sat August 20, 2011

EMSA will keep Ambulance Service

Tulsa, OK – After reviewing proposals and meeting with area mayors, Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. announced today that EMSA will continue to provide emergency medical response in the city of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
12:55 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Tulsa Project Theatre

Tulsa, OK – A new performing arts group finds a home in the middle of a resurgent downtown. Tulsa Project Theatre, founded last year, signs a deal for a new home stage in the heart of downtown. Executive Director Todd Cunningham says the Assembly Hall in the Convention Center will be the venue for future performances

The Assembly Hall Theater was originally built in the 1960's for stage productions, but hasn't been used much in that capacity in recent years.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Earthquake southwest of OKC

Chickasha, OK – Geological survey reports 3.0 earthquake in Okla.

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) A 3.0-magnitude earthquake has been reported in Grady County.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake was detected at 11:50 a.m. Thursday about 11 miles southeast of Chickasha. The quake had a depth of about 5.8 miles.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

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Local & Regional
8:04 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Coburn Called on Carpet for Comments

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn
US Senate

Langley, OK – Coburn offers to apologize for town hall remark

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's office says Oklahoma's junior senator was "obviously joking" when he made a comment at a town hall meeting about carrying a gun on the Senate floor.

At a town hall meeting in Langley on Wednesday, the Tulsa World reported that Coburn said: "It's a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor."

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8:02 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Terlton Fire Update

View of wildfire from about seven miles away.
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Terlton, OK – Okla sheriff says fire's cause being investigated

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) The Pawnee County Sheriff says authorities are investigating what caused a massive wildfire that killed two people and destroyed nearly 40 homes.

Sheriff Mike Waters said Thursday officials haven't determined if lightning or something else sparked the blaze, which began Aug. 7 near Oklahoma Highway 48.

The fire is being blamed for the deaths of 81-year-old Hollis Edgar of Terlton and another person, whose name Waters says hasn't been released.

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