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9:49 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Jay Principal Charged in Fatal Boating Accident

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JAY, Okla. (AP) — A Jay Middle School principal is charged with manslaughter for a boating accident on Grand Lake that killed a family friend during the summer.

Officials say 39-year-old Roger Carroll of Eucha was charged Friday in Delaware County District Court. He's charged with felony first-degree manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless operation of a vessel.

Carroll's lawyer, Winston Connor the Second, says that based on the evidence, he's disappointed that charges were filed.

Local & Regional
9:44 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Late Touchdown Gives Tulsa a 28-24 Homecoming Win over Rice

Ja'Terian Douglas had 17 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown, helping the Golden Hurricane record 436 yards of offense.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Alex Singleton's 1-yard touchdown run with 1:31 remaining proved to be the game winner Saturday night, giving Tulsa a 28-24 victory at home over Rice.

Singleton had 18 carries for 63 yards and two scores, the most important coming in the final minutes against a Rice team in a free-fall now having lost five of their last six ball games.

Kicker Chris Boswell gave the Owls a 24-21 lead on his 35-yard field goal with 9:24 to go in the fourth quarter. The two teams traded possessions before Tulsa (7-1, 5-0 Conference USA) scored in the final minutes.

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Local & Regional
8:32 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Ex-Oklahoma Senator Convicted of Bribery wants Probation

Former Senate President Pro-Tem Mike Morgan in a file photo
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The former leader of the Oklahoma Senate wants a federal judge to sentence him to probation on a bribery conviction.

Former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan made the request Friday in a pre-sentence memorandum filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

Morgan was convicted of bribery by a 12-member jury in March. Federal prosecutors alleged payments — disguised as legal fees — were made to Morgan by a business that owned assisted-living centers in exchange for favorable treatment in the Legislature.

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Local & Regional
8:30 am
Sat October 20, 2012

TransCanada reaffirms Keystone pipeline restart, Will Run Through Cushing

The "Welcome to Cushing" sign is made out of pipeline.
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UNDATED (AP) —TransCanada is reaffirming its plan to restart the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Midwest on Saturday, although rainy weather is hampering the company's efforts.

TransCanada shut down the 2,100-mile pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues. A company spokesman said Friday that no leaks have been detected but declined to provide more specifics until the pipeline is inspected.

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Election
8:28 am
Sat October 20, 2012

More than 20,000 Vote Absentee in Oklahoma Election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Election Board officials say more than 20,000 Oklahomans have already cast their ballots for the November 6th general election.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  said Friday that county election boards have received 20,016 absentee ballots mailed by Oklahoma voters. The county election boards have sent 53,132 absentee ballots to Oklahoma voters who requested them.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election is October 31st.

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Local & Regional
8:25 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Plant Amid Cautious Optimism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite ongoing drought conditions — Oklahoma wheat farmers are busy planting their winter crop with what one agreed is cautious optimism.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte said Friday that 75 percent of the 2012 crop is estimated to have been planted.

Farmer Joe Kelly in Altus says the moisture level of the topsoil remains low — but with wheat priced currently at about $8.50 per bushel he's decided to plant 1,500 acres this year in hopes that rains will come.

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Local & Regional
8:22 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Unemployment Inches Up to 5.1 Percent in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The unemployment rate in Oklahoma has risen slightly for the third consecutive month — although the number of Oklahomans with a job also increased.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that unemployment for September was 5.2 percent — up from 5.1 percent in August and 4.9 percent in July.

The commission said the number of residents with a job rose to 1.71 million — an increase of 13,700 over July. At the same time the number looking for a job rose from 1.79 million to 1.81 million.

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Local & Regional
9:57 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Oklahoma Aging Partnership releases 2012 report

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Aging Partnership has released its annual legislative report on legislation affecting older Oklahomans.

The 2012 Legislative Report on Aging Issues details seven OAP-endorsed bills on long-term care, home and community-based services and health and safety.

They include bills that authorize a nationwide fingerprint background check for future long-term care employees and provide assisted living residents the option of selecting their own doctors and pharmacies.

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Local & Regional
9:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Audit of Oklahoma Agency Cites Lack of Safeguards

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's chief auditor says he's found a lack of financial safeguards at the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells.

Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an operational audit released Thursday cites the agency for not implementing a system of checks and balances to safeguard public assets.

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Local & Regional
2:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

US Appeals Court Refuses to Halt Oklahoma Execution

Garry Allen
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to halt the execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate who claims he is insane.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of 56-year-old Garry Thomas Allen.

Allen is scheduled for lethal injection Nov. 6. Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the November 1986 shooting death of his fiancee, 42-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, outside a children's day care center in Oklahoma City.

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