Local & Regional
4:12 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

"Hot Dog" has New Meaning for EMSA

The sign in front of EMSA Headquarters on North Lansing.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Usually, the "dog days of summer" don't hit until late July or early August. But this year, they've come a little early to Oklahoma. On Wednesday, EMSA received a half-dozen calls from patients suffering from suspected heat-related illnesses - and one call from a person with an overheated canine. Listen to the actual 911 phone call.

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Local & Regional
11:13 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Up

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma unemployment rate was up in the month of May, but just slightly. In a news release from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission shows 111,720 people out of work in the state during May. That is up, one-tenth of one-percent from April figures.

The biggest drop came from the business sector, which reported a job lost of 5,000.

Three sectors, Government, Health & Education and Leisure & Hospitality, reported employment increases over -the-year additions in May.


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Local & Regional
10:29 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Keeping Aerospace Jobs

file photo

Tulsa, OK – A three day conference on aerospace and its future in Oklahoma wrapped up yesterday. Spirit Bank President and CEO Albert "Kell" Kelly says aerospace is vital to Oklahoma's prosperity.

Conference Coordinator Mary Smith says the aerospace industry is becoming very competitive and Oklahoma must do more to keep and attract the industry's high paying jobs.

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Local & Regional
9:04 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Stimulus Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Stimulus spending on schools in Oklahoma defended

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A spokesman for Gov. Brad Henry is defending how Oklahoma spent its federal stimulus dollars on education.

Paul Sund says Oklahoma met federal guidelines in spending the money and increased overall funding for education.

Sund commented after the Obama administration warned Pennsylvania it may withhold millions of dollars if states use stimulus money to plug budget holes instead of increasing aid for schools.

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Local & Regional
5:57 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Judge Crawford---Out

Presiding Judge Dan Crawford signs an order
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa council votes against judge

In a special session of the Tulsa City Council, its members decided not to reappointed a municipal judge facing complaints of sexual harassment and nepotism.

Callers to an ethics hot line complained that Presiding Judge Dan Crawford asked a female employee about her underwear and allowed his daughter to work in his courtroom on a paid internship.

Crawford's two-year term is due to expire at the end of the month.

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Local & Regional
4:58 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Big Homeland Security Grant

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Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa metropolitan area will soon get $2,160,500 to enhance communications, planning and capabilities for fire, police and medical emergency agencies through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Urban Areas Security Initiative.

Sixty-two urban areas nationwide are eligible to receive funding through the program this fiscal year. Tulsa is one of only two cities added to the program this year.

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Local & Regional
2:34 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Former State Official Named in Indictments

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A former auditor for the Commissioners of the Land Office has been indicted on 174 counts of embezzlement.

Roger Melson appeared Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. Prosecutors allege he stole more than $1.16 million in royalty payments to the office over the last five years.

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Local & Regional
10:44 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Budget Approved

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor
KWGS photo

Tulsa, OK – After several hours of debate, the Tulsa City Council approves the budget as presented by Mayor Taylor.

The new city spending plan calls for eight furlough days for all city employees as a way to save money. The budget is some $18-million less than last year's because of a major drop in sales tax revenues caused by the recession. The furlough days will be grouped around holidays.

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