Local & Regional
7:58 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Wild Fires Across State

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Undated – Grass fires force evacuations in Guymon, Woodward

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) High winds are gusting throughout Oklahoma the morning after wildfires forced evacuations in Guymon and Woodward.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten says homes on the south and west sides of Guymon were evacuated Sunday night because of a fire about six miles west of the Panhandle town. She says an unknown number of homes west of Guymon sustained damage.

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Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sun April 3, 2011

Lawsuit Dropped

Tulsa, OK – Lawsuit challenging 'Official English' dismissed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa attorney has dismissed his lawsuit challenging a state question making English the official language of Oklahoma and says he will refile the action.

The lawsuit by James Thomas challenges the constitutionality of the measure that requires all official state communications be in English or an American Indian language unless otherwise required by federal law. It passed in November with about 76 percent of the vote.

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Local & Regional
9:02 am
Sun April 3, 2011

Execution Drugs

Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester.
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Frankfort, KY – Ky. hands over its lethal injection drug to DEA

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has turned over its supply of a key lethal injection drug to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Kentucky Justice Department spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said in a statement Friday that the state turned over its supply of sodium thiopental to be used as evidence in a case in another jurisdiction.

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Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sun April 3, 2011

Call Center Closing

Tulsa, OK –

Gannett Co. closes call center in Tulsa

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Gannet Co. Inc. says it has closed its call center in Tulsa as it moves work to call centers in South Carolina and Kentucky.

Gannett spokeswoman Robin Pence told the Tulsa World that the call center was closed Thursday. The McLean, Va.-based company opened the Consumer Solution Center in Tulsa in 2007.

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StudioTulsa
4:38 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Meet Dr. John Churchill, Secretary (or CEO) of Phi Beta Kappa

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Local & Regional
11:14 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Slow Down in Work Zones

Workers pose at a construction news conference.
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Tulsa, Ok – The Oklahoma Departments of Public Safety and Transportation hold a joint news conference in Tulsa to highlight Work Zone Construction safety. The spring and summer are peak months for road work.

These events highlight the importance of traffic safety in construction work zones for both drivers and work crews and bring attention to the staggering number of accidents, injuries and fatalities that occur every year in work zones across the state and nation.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Powerline Proposal

Austin, TX – Xcel seeks OK to build Texas-Oklahoma power line

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to build a $172 million high-voltage power line between the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma.

Southwestern Public Service Co. CEO Riley Hill says the proposed line is a critical piece of a long-term transmission improvement plan. Southwestern is a unit of Xcel.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Fri April 1, 2011

OSU-Tulsa Donation

Tulsa, OK – Foundation donates $250,000 to Oklahoma St. center

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The parent company of Public Service Company has donated $250,000 to Oklahoma State University-Tulsa to purchase equipment for use by researchers in the Helmerich Research Center.

OSU-Tulsa officials say the gift is from Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power Foundation on behalf of PSO.

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Local & Regional
7:53 am
Fri April 1, 2011

More Fires

Norman, OK – Firefighters battling grass fires in central Okla.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Firefighters are battling grass fires in Cleveland County, south of Oklahoma City.

Moore firefighter Chett Thompson says brush pumper units were dispatched to blaze in south Moore about 6 p.m. Thursday. Thompson says there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

Farther to the south, a fire also was burning in Norman. There were no reports of injuries or damage with that blaze.

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Local & Regional
7:51 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Senate Says NO

Brian Bingman
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla Senate leader rejects insurance exchange plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says the Oklahoma Senate will not consider a bill to help create a state health insurance exchange, warning the lure of federal money could lead the state into a 'trap' of complying with the new federal health care law.

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