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8:53 am
Sun March 25, 2012

State Capitol Watch: Bonds considered for repairs

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a bond issue to repair Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol and prepare it for its next 100 years.

Legislative leaders are developing plans to ask the House and Senate to authorize up to $200 million in bonds to repair both the Capitol and the nearby Jim Thorpe State Office Building.

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Local & Regional
8:20 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Latimer County has state's highest unemployment rate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Employment statistics show Latimer County had the highest unemployment rate in Oklahoma in January at 11.3 percent.

That's more than 5 percentage points higher than the state average of 6.1 percent.

A county-by-county breakdown from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission puts Latimer at the highest rate, followed by Hughes County at 10.6 percent and Sequoyah County at 10.4 percent.

The lowest rate was in Roger Mills County, at 2.8 percent. Dewey and Ellis counties were at 3 percent, followed by Beaver County at 3.2 percent.

Local & Regional
8:17 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Oklahoma rig count lower this week

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in Oklahoma has dropped by ten this week. That's according to Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes weekly rig count released on Friday.

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Local & Regional
8:15 am
Sat March 24, 2012

More Oklahoma National Guard soldiers return home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another group of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are due to return home.

The guard says about 170 soldiers with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are to return Sunday to Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.

The soldiers have spent about nine months deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Oklahoma court rejects Tulsa convicted killer's appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder convictions and life in prison sentences of a Tulsa man.

The court rejected Mario Wilson's argument that he was illegally arrested and that his confession given after that arrest should not have been allowed as evidence against him.

Weddle was convicted of the November 2009 shooting deaths of Jonathan Rush of Tulsa and Michael Lee Dwayne Richardson of Modesto, Calif., during what prosecutors said was a burglary.

Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Whole Foods recalls chocolate chip cookies sold in Tulsa

The Whole Foods store in Tulsa
Whole Foods

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whole Foods Market Inc. is recalling a brand of chocolate chip cookies it sells in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas because it discovered the product has nuts even though its labeling indicates it doesn't.

The Austin, Texas-based company announced the recall Thursday after an employee discovered the brand "Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies" has walnuts.

The product is packaged in a small brown paper bag, with a clear window and a chocolate chip cookie label on the front.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Oklahoma Methodists organize to support gay marriage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of United Methodists in Oklahoma have signed a statement in support of gay marriage ahead of an April global policy conference of the church, which prohibits gay marriages.

Retired Oklahoma City minister Jim Gragg is collecting signatures and says 62 clergy and 203 members have signed the statement. The Oklahoma United Methodist Conference says there about 300,000 Methodists in the state.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Arrest in Muskogee bank robbery

FBI

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The FBI says a Muskogee man has been arrested for the robbery of a Muskogee bank at knife-point.

Special Agent Clay Simmonds says 66-year-old Jerry Lee Taylor was arrested shortly after the Wednesday morning robbery.

It was not known if Taylor had an attorney.

Simmonds says there were no injuries during the robbery that occurred when a man walked into the Banc First bank with a knife and demanded money. Simmonds says the man then jumped over a teller's counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash from drawers before leaving.

Local & Regional
7:05 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Tulsa officer in deadly shooting is identified

Tulsa Police Mingo Division
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have released the name of the officer who shot and killed a man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and attacked her.

Police said Wednesday that Officer James Comstock shot and killed 25-year-old Phillip Steven Doll on Tuesday when Doll lunged at officers investigating a 911 call that someone had broken into the woman's home. Police have said Doll was on top of the woman when officers entered the home and lunged at them before Comstock opened fire.

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7:02 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Oklahoma finance chief to temporarily head DHS

Preston Doerflinger
City of Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Office of State Finance Director Preston Doerflinger is stepping down temporarily to serve as the interim director of the Department of Human Services.

The commission that governs DHS named Doerflinger to the post Thursday. Doerflinger described the move as temporary and said he'll resign when a permanent director is found. The Governor's Office said Doerflinger will be reinstated as finance director at that time.

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