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6:54 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Oklahoma AG to Reveal Homeowner Checks from Lenders

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt plans to announce the size of the first checks going to current and former homeowners in connection with the state's $18.6 million settlement with the nation's largest lenders.

Pruitt will provide details of the settlement on Monday. More than 300 mortgage-related complaints have been filed with Oklahoma's attorney general's office in connection with the settlement agreement.

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Election
8:48 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Oklahoma Parole Ballot Issue Drawing Opposition

The Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester
Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Opposition is mounting against a proposed amendment to Oklahoma's Constitution that would grant more authority to the state Pardon and Parole Board.

The measure is State Question 762 and will be decided by voters in the November 6th general election. It would remove the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders. Oklahoma is the only state in the nation that requires the governor sign off on every inmate parole recommendation, even those for nonviolent offenders.

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Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sun October 14, 2012

2 Tulsa Ministers want Charges Dismissed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two youth ministers at a Tulsa megachurch say misdemeanor charges of failing to report child abuse against them should be dismissed because no one in the case has been charged with child abuse.

Former Victory Christian Church employee Chris Denman is charged with first-degree rape and other sex crimes. Police say the 20-year-old Denman a raped 13-year-old girl in a stairwell on the church campus. Another ex-employee faces separate charges.

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Local & Regional
8:48 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Devon Energy to Move Houston Operations to OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City.

The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana. Devon says the closure of the Houston office will save the company about $80 million annually.

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Local & Regional
8:45 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Grants for Smaller Airports

The Ponca City Airport
City of Ponca City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved a pair of grants to help fund airport projects in Woodward and Ponca City.

The commission announced Thursday it has approved a $400,000 capital improvement grant to help rebuild taxiways and taxi lanes at the West Woodward Regional Airport. It also announced an $11,000 grant to help Ponca City Regional Airport pay for its annual flight academy.

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Local & Regional
8:40 am
Sat October 13, 2012

More Airline Repairs for AA Planes

An American Airlines jet in a Tulsa Hangar
KWGS News File Photo

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says it will do repairs on 49 more planes to prevent the seats from coming loose during flight.

That's the same problem that caused the airline to ground 48 planes last week.

Airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Friday that crews will add a backup locking device to seats in most of its Boeing 767s. Those are wide-body planes used on international flights.

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Local & Regional
12:19 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

American to Cut Capacity

An American Jet at Tulsa International
TIA

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 1 percent in the first half of November as it tries to recover from widespread delays and a spike in cancelations.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline said Thursday that the pullback will give it more time to return to normal operations without affecting holiday travel.

Delays and cancelations soared in September, which American blamed on a work slowdown by some pilots. The pilots' union denied the charge.

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Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

BA Police Seek Driver of Vehicle in Hit-and-Run Fatal

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Police in Broken Arrow are searching for the driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a bicyclist.

Police said in a news release Thursday that detectives are looking for a white, late model Chevrolet Malibu that is missing part of its front bumper on the passenger side.

Police say 71-year-old Earl Teske of Broken Arrow was killed when the bicycle he was riding along a city street was hit just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Election
12:03 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

US House Speaker Taps Mullin for Weekly Address

Markwayne Mullin
Campaign photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has selected a congressional candidate from Oklahoma to deliver the Weekly Republican Radio Address.

Boehner said in a statement Thursday that he's selected Republican Markwayne Mullin to deliver Saturday's address in response to the president's weekly address. Boehner said that — as a small business owner — Mullin understands the need to shut down the "jobs-destroying red tape factory in Washington, D.C."

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Local & Regional
11:57 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Forecasters Say Severe Weather Possible Saturday

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National Weather Service-Tulsa

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday across the southern and central Plains as a cold front rolls out of the Rockies.

Humid air could extend well into the Mississippi and Missouri valleys, making the atmosphere ripe for storms. The forecasters say the greatest chance for bad weather is from eastern Oklahoma to northeastern Iowa, including parts of Kansas and Missouri, but that storms are also possible from Texas into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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