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11:51 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Senators Seek to File Brief in Hobby Lobby Suit

A Hobby Lobby store
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a dozen Republican members of Congress hope to file a friend-of-the-court brief in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s lawsuit that challenges the federal government's requirement that health insurance cover the morning-after pill.

The group submitted a request Thursday to file briefs in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit. The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain says a provision in the health care reform law that requires the coverage of birth control violates the company founders' deeply held Christian beliefs.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ja'Terian Douglas leads Tulsa past UTEP, 33-11

TU Sports Information

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ja'Terian Douglas had an 81-yard touchdown run and finished with 128 yards on 13 carries to help Tulsa rout UTEP 33-11 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.

Alex Singleton added 96 yards and two touchdowns to tie the Tulsa career record for rushing TDs with 32, and Cody Green was 13 of 22 for 198 yards for the Golden Hurricane (6-1, 4-0 Conference USA).

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Election
7:04 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Candidates for 1st District Speak at Coweta Forum. Hear Here:

The sign greeting attendees at Coweta event
KWGS News
  • First to speak is Craig Allen. NOTE: Bridenstine walked away from the microphones on the podium during his talk.

COWETA, Okla. (AP) — The three candidates running for Oklahoma's 1st congressional seat have appeared together at a debate in Coweta sponsored by the Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

Republican Jim Bridenstine said during Wednesday's forum that voters have a choice between a conservative government that he supports or what he called liberal policies supported by Democrat John Olson.

Olson told the crowd of a few dozen at the Assembly of God Church there is a stark difference between himself and Bridenstine. Olson called himself a "workhorse, not a show pony."

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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Bicyclist Killed in Broken Arrow Hit-and-Run

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Broken Arrow police are searching for the driver who struck and killed a man riding his bicycle in an apparent hit-and-run.

Police say the fatal collision happened Wednesday night on 101st Street South. Police say responders found an adult male lying on the side of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the man's bicycle was outfitted with reflectors and a red flashing light.

Local & Regional
4:25 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Tennessee Official Offered DHS Post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Commission on Human Services has offered a retired Tennessee official the job as director of the Department of Human Services for an annual salary of $185,000.

After a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, the commission that oversees DHS voted to give retired Tennessee DHS Deputy Commissioner Ed Lake until Monday to decide whether to take the position. The commission also voted to offer Lake a one-time $5,000 sign-on bonus.

Local & Regional
4:20 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Governor Leading Tulsa Trip to Europe

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has announced plans for an economic development trip to Europe. Fallin's office said Tuesday that the governor will lead a delegation from the state Department of Commerce and from northeastern Oklahoma on the trip. The trip is planned for Oct. 15-19 and is being organized by the Tulsa Metro Chamber. The governor's office says the group will meet with foreign-based companies that have operations in Oklahoma and will encourage them to expand and retain jobs in the state.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Wed October 10, 2012

EPA Grant to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a more than $242,000 grant to the Oklahoma Department of Labor to reduce asbestos exposure in schools and state buildings.

The $242,322 grant was announced Tuesday in a news release from EPA.

Asbestos is a fiber that was once widely used in buildings for insulation and fire resistance. The fiber can create a health risk if it's disturbed or deteriorate over time.



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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Oklahoma Treasurer Hands Out $250K at Tulsa Fair

Golden Driller at Expo Square
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma treasurer's office says it handed out more than $250,000 in unclaimed cash and stock to nearly 500 people at the Tulsa State Fair this year.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says that's how much money was found for people who visited the treasurer's booth at the fair and conducted searches through the office's unclaimed property database.

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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Compressed Natural Gas Site Opens for Oklahoma Trucks

Love's

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck stop chain has opened its first compressed natural gas facility for heavy-duty trucks in Oklahoma.

Love's Travel Stops opened the facility Monday on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City-based company says the CNG filling station demonstrates its commitment to offering natural gas as an alternative fuel for the trucking industry. Love's says compressed natural gas costs about $2 less per gallon than diesel fuel, on which most big rigs run.

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Election
6:57 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Candidates to Meet in Coweta for Forum

John Olson and Jim Bridenstine
Campaign photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Congressional candidates running for Oklahoma's 1st District are expected to meet this week in an election forum sponsored by the Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

Republican Jim Bridenstine and Democrat John Olson are slated to meet at Wednesday's forum.

Bridenstine is a political newcomer with tea party backing who defeated five-term incumbent Rep. John Sullivan in the primary election. Bridenstine has knocked Sullivan's votes that he said weren't conservative enough for Oklahoma.

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