Local & Regional
10:34 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Unemployment Highest on Eastern Half of State

Oklahoma City, OK – Eastern Okla. counties have highest jobless rates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Four eastern Oklahoma counties had the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma in May.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission also reported that the unemployment rates in 68 of Oklahoma's 77 counties increased from April to May. The overall unemployment rate in the state fell from 5.8 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May.

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Local & Regional
10:25 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Fireworks and Drought

Lawton, OK – Okla. sees fireworks show changes due to drought

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) The threat of wildfires has put a damper on Independence Day fireworks celebrations in many Oklahoma communities.

Burn bans are in effect in at least 34 of the state's 77 counties, although five were to be lifted before July 4.

The bans vary in scope.

In McClain County, organized fireworks displays will be allowed with a permit and with firefighters on hand for the entire show.

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StudioTulsa
5:25 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

"In Defense of Flogging" (Yes, Flogging)

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Local & Regional
4:00 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Grand Lake to Stay Open For Now...

Tulsa, OK – As a major holiday weekend approaches, the Grand River Dam Authority is discouraging swimming in Grand Lake because of the presence of blue-green algae.

The board met in an emergency session in Tulsa and opted to keep the lake open, but to warn people tostay out of the water.

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Local & Regional
3:38 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Governor Lots To Do Without Getting in the Water

Mary Fallin

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin encouraging Oklahomans to go to Grand Lake

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin wants Oklahomans planning on going to Grand Lake over the Independence Day holiday weekend to not cancel their plans.

Fallin is encouraging tourism around the lake after the Grand River Dam Authority said Friday it's discouraging swimming in Grand Lake because of the presence of blue-green algae, which can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

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Local & Regional
10:25 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Blue-Green Algae

Tulsa, OK – More problems with blue green algae. An outbreak of the algae could possibly shut down Grand Lake for the holiday weekend. Grand River Dam Association members say they consider the outbreak a very serious situation. The GRDA board, along with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, has called an emergency meeting for today at 1:30 this afternoon in Tulsa.
The GRDA could shut down the entire lake, just close portions of it, or delay the shut down until after the Fourth of July.

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Local & Regional
9:01 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Latest Economic Report

Omaha, NEB – OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A monthly survey says higher energy prices and supply problems are slowing economic growth in the Midwest and Plains. Economists blame the slowdown in part on flooding throughout the region and the lingering effects of the Japanese tsunami.

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Local & Regional
8:58 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Wildfire victims to get help

Medicine Park, OK – MEDICINE PARK, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Army says it's reimbursing victims of a massive wildfire in southwestern Oklahoma that began at Fort Sill. The blaze scorched about 5,500 acres and destroyed 13 homes in the tiny resort town of Medicine Park.

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Local & Regional
8:56 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Warden's Wife Trial Testimony to begin

Mangum, OK – MANGUM, Okla. (AP) Opening arguments are set to begin next week in the trial of a former prison warden's wife who's accused of helping an inmate escape after prosecutors say she fell in love with him. It took lawyers six weeks to select a jury to hear the case of Bobbi Parker, who says she was kidnapped.

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Local & Regional
8:51 am
Fri July 1, 2011

New Cherokee Chief

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