Local & Regional
3:59 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Owasso House Fire

The burned-out shell of a vacant home on North Memorial, west of Owasso.
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Owasso, OK – A space heater, being used to heat a vacant rural Owasso house, is to blame for a morning house fire. The blaze near 106th Street North and Memorial Drive was spotted early this morning by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper.

Fire units from Owasso and Collinsville battled the blaze. A nearly fire hydrant was frozen and could not be used. Water had to be brought in by a tanker truck. No one was injured, despite water used on the fire freezing on the ground and everything not on fire.

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Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Water Line Replacement will Cause Traffic Woes

Tulsa, OK – On Monday, Jan. 11, a street rehabilitation and waterline replacement project will begin on Harvard Avenue between East 11th Street and Admiral Place. The contractor will start the project by replacing a 16-inch waterline between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Traffic will be limited to one northbound lane and one southbound lane for four months.

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Local & Regional
12:04 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Swine Flu Deaths Up in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – 40 deaths now blamed on swine flu in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say the number of deaths related to swine flu in Oklahoma is now 40.

The latest confirmed swine flu-related death is that of a Sequoyah County man in September. The man's name and hometown were not released.

Health officials say nine of the deaths were children and 30 had underlying health problems.

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Local & Regional
10:08 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Catoosa Officials Arrested

Tulsa, OK – Grand jury indicts assistant police chief, clerk

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted the assistant police chief and the city court clerk of Catoosa on drug charges.

Federal prosecutors say assistant Chief Paul Whitmire and Phyllis June Matthews made initial court appearances after their arrests Thursday morning.

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Local & Regional
10:01 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Poultry Lawsuit Update

Tulsa, OK – Expert disputes Okla. watershed pollution study

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An expert scientist says a report developed by the state of Oklahoma showing phosphorous pollution in a sensitive watershed was incomplete, riddled with errors and unreliable.

Scientist Victor Bierman testified Thursday as an expert witness for the Arkansas poultry industry in Tulsa federal court in Oklahoma's lawsuit against the companies.

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Local & Regional
9:56 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Mayor to Step Down

Warner is in Muskogee County.
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Warner,OK – Warner mayor announces plans to resign

WARNER, Okla. (AP) The mayor of the eastern Oklahoma town of Warner says he is planning to resign.

Mayor Jeff Collins says it is time for new ideas in the town and he will step down Friday.

Collins says his resignation is not related to a lawsuit in which the town and Vice Mayor Randy Brassfield are being sued by a couple who've been denied water service for a mobile home park.

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Information from: Muskogee Phoenix, http://www.muskogeephoenix.com

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StudioTulsa
6:02 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

The Life and Work of Artist Alexandre Hogue

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Local & Regional
5:27 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Another Sales Tax Drop

Tulsa, OK – The preliminary report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission regarding sales collections for the City of Tulsa show revenue sources for general fund operations have declined 11.4 percent from the previous year.

According to the preliminary report, sales tax collections from mid-November to mid-December totaled $16,978,329, an 11.4% drop from $19,170,192 for the same month last year. The collections are in line with the most recent revised revenue projections, said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Fire Department Budget Proposal

Tulsa Fire Chief Allen LaCroix explains what a 4.4% budget cut would mean to his department.
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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Fire Chief Allen LaCroix details his budget cutting plan for the Tulsa Fire Department. Under the 4.4 percent reduction we would have to lay-off 116 Tulsa Fire Fighters and close some companies. He says such a cut would greatly lengthen the Fire Department's response time.

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