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6:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Airline Says Problem was Seat Clamp

American Jet in Tulsa hangar
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DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says improperly installed clamps caused seats to come loose on some planes, and it's expanding an inspection to cover dozens of jets.

In the past week, rows of seats have come loose on three separate flights, two of which made emergency landings.

American said Tuesday the problem was caused by improper installation of a clamp used to attach each row of three seats to tracks on the aircraft floor.

Local & Regional
6:55 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Panel Hears Abuse Allegations at Veterans Center

State Capitol in Oklahoma City
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A military veteran says he's been physically abused at Oklahoma's Norman Veterans Center and staff members tried to intimidate him.

Mike Simmons spoke Tuesday to the House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee that's conducting an interim study into allegations of abuse at veterans centers statewide. Simmons says his abuse allegations went unreported to the state Department of Human Services and he wants DHS to have oversight of the centers.

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Election
11:59 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Spike in Oklahoma Voter Rolls

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Election Board secretary says more than 21,000 Oklahoma voters registered to vote last month.

Secretary Paul Ziriax  said Monday that there has been a net increase of nearly 68,000 voters since January, including more than 21,000 during September.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 12.

Ziriax also reported that Democrats still have the most registered voters in Oklahoma, but that Republicans and independents are growing at a faster rate.

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Local & Regional
10:27 am
Tue October 2, 2012

American Airlines Jets Update

The sign in front of the Tulsa Maintenance Base
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DALLAS (AP) —American Airlines says passenger seats on a third flight came loose during flight and it's continuing to inspect other jets with similar seating.

American officials say that the loose seats are not an act of sabotage by angry workers.

The airline acknowledged Tuesday that seats came loose on a flight last week between Vail, Colo., and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The same thing happened on a flight Saturday and another on Monday.

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Life Sentence Handed Down in Tulsa Man's Death

Neal Sweeney
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has sentenced a man to life in prison without parole in the death of businessman Neal Sweeney.

Fred Shields was sentenced Monday for Sweeney's death. Last month, a jury convicted Shields of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for Sweeney's 2008 shooting death.

Shields received life sentences on both counts.

Prosecutors alleged that Sweeney was killed in a murder-for-hire plot, and convenience store owner Mohammed Aziz pleaded guilty earlier this year to soliciting the murder.

Local & Regional
5:15 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

BA Bus Driver Dies On Duty

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Police in Broken Arrow say a school bus driver who died after crashing the bus into several parked cars may have suffered an undisclosed medical condition.

Police say there were no children on board when the bus went out of control and collided with three unoccupied cars in the parking lot of a local business just after 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Cpl. Leon Calhoun says 68-year-old Gary Wagner was driving the bus when it crashed and that Wagner died later at a Tulsa hospital.

Local & Regional
5:10 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

State Revenue Up

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall state revenue collections rebounded last month in spite of continued lower revenue from oil and natural gas production.

Miller reported Monday that three of the state's other major tax categories grew in September compared to the same month last year — including income, sales and motor vehicle taxes.

Miller says collections from Oklahoma's gross production tax on oil and natural gas was down about 40 percent compared to September 2011. But that figure is an improvement from the 54 percent drop in August.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Man Dies in Tulsa After Crashing into Guardrail

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man was killed in an early morning crash in Tulsa.

Troopers say the man lost control of his pickup on the Interstate 244 exit ramp to northbound U.S. 75 early Monday morning.

Authorities say the truck crashed into a guardrail and the man was ejected and fell from the elevated ramp to the pavement below. Authorities say it took emergency responders nearly an hour to find the body.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Former OU Coach Battling Brain Cancer

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former University of Oklahoma football coach Chuck Fairbanks is battling brain cancer and says he's about to undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

The 79-year-old Fairbanks says that he was diagnosed in late August will begin 42 days of radiation and chemotherapy treatment on Monday.

Fairbanks was named OU head coach in 1967 after the death of coach Jim Mackenzie and led the Sooners to a 52-15-1 record and three Big Eight titles in six seasons.

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Local & Regional
9:14 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Singleton, Green help Tulsa outlast UAB 49-42

The Golden Hurricane warms up prior to the start of the game
TU Sports Information

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alex Singleton scored three touchdowns, including the 6-yard game-winner, as Tulsa outlasted winless Alabama-Birmingham 49-42 Saturday.

Cody Green passed for two scores and rushed for another for the Golden Hurricane (4-1, 2-0 Conference USA), who led 42-28 going into the fourth quarter.

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