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11:11 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Block Party Set to Continue Anti-Crime Progress Being Made

Efforts to revitalize the crime ridden area at 61st and South Peoria will be highlighted in a block party in September for the second time. Volunteer Cathy McClanahan says there is a perceived drop in crime in the area since last year’s block party.

"Probably not entirely due to a block party, but I think that any time you can bring people together and you know - a police officer can serve up a hot dog to a resident there at 61st and Peoria - things can only get better from there."

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10:59 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Activity Association Spent $316K on Legal Fees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association spent nearly 6 percent of its budget last fiscal year on legal fees, but officials say they expect that number to drop this year.

According to The Oklahoman, the association spent more than $316,000 on legal fees last fiscal year. But Executive Director Ed Sheakley says he expects a decrease, thanks to a rule change that allows a student to choose a high school regardless of where the student's family lives.

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10:54 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Scorching Heat in Forecast for Much of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says hot temperatures are headed back to Oklahoma this week.

An excessive heat watch will go into effect for Tulsa County from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Forecasters say a ridge of high pressure will expand over the region early this week, allowing temperatures to hit at or near 100 degrees.

Forecasters say high humidity levels will make it feel even hotter, with heat index values reaching 105 degrees to 110 degrees throughout much of the state.

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6:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Bacone College Holding Surplus Public Auction

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Bacone College in Muskogee is holding a public auction of surplus vehicles, appliances, computers and more this week.

The auction will be held on Saturday at the east side of Virginia Palmer Student Life Center.

Haskell Auction is handling the event and all items will be sold as is.

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6:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Tahlequah Police Looking to Expand Canine Program

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The chief of police in Tahlequah is planning to expand the department's canine program.

Police Chief Nate King tells The Tahlequah Daily Press that he hopes to expand the program through existing bond funds or through private donations.

King says the canine program is priority for the department and is now in the process of selecting its next canine handler from the police force.

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6:38 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Group Hopes to Build Oklahoma Pop Culture Museum

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma group hoping to build a museum highlighting the contributions to popular culture made by musicians, writers and other artists with ties to the state says it will continue pushing for funding for the project.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and drummer Jamie Oldaker, who performed for years with Eric Clapton, are among those who have donated to the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture's more than 100,000-piece collection.

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6:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Local News

Topping the local news:

  • The Chamber praises efforts to put water into the Arkansas River.
  • Summer rains have helped ease the drought in western Oklahoma.
  • World Tension and the connection to Tulsa's gasoline prices.
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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Plane Runs Off Runway in OKC

The Wiley Post Airport from the air
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Fire Department says a plane ran off a runway at Wiley Post Airport Saturday afternoon.

Fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland tells The Oklahoman that the plane taxied off the runway while landing about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

Wiley Post Airport is one of three airports owned by the City of Oklahoma City. It handles corporate and business aviation and is designated as a reliever to Will Rogers World Airport.

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9:15 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Fell to 4.5 Percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.5 percent in June.

The figures released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show that while the number of Oklahomans without a job decreased, so too did the number of those employed. The labor force fell by 13,510 compared to the previous month.

The figures show the state's labor force numbered 1.79 million in June with 81,170 unemployed.

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9:12 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Report: 1 Million Visitors to Oklahoma's National Parks

The Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City is one of three National Parks i the state.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma's national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million.

Oklahoma has three national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Sue Masica is the director of the NPS Intermountain Region, which includes Oklahoma. She says the report shows that parks tourism is an important factor in Oklahoma's economy.

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