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11:09 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Bulger Lawyers to Brief Judge on Evidence Exchange

James Bulger
FBI

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are due in federal court to update a judge on the exchange of pre-trial evidence.

Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, was also an FBI informant against the Mafia. The 83-year-old Bulger is awaiting trial for his alleged role in 19 killings, including the Tulsa death of Roger Wheeler.

His lawyers have complained for months that the large volume of documents in the case will make it difficult for them to be ready for Bulger's scheduled trial in March.

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11:02 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Cherokee Nation Road Crews Discover Grave Sites

Cherokee County in red

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Officials with the Cherokee Nation say dozens of grave sites were discovered by crews preparing for a road project near Oklahoma Highway 100.

Cherokee Nation Roads Department Director Michael Lynn says crews were working in eastern Cherokee County when they discovered two unmarked stones. Lynn tells the Tahlequah Daily Press that the stones were not disturbed and no dirt has been turned on the project.

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7:05 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Burrrrr, The Heat Wave is Over

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for parts of northern and western Oklahoma, while counties in the Panhandle are under a freeze watch.

Forecasters say the freeze watch is in place for Beaver, Cimarron and Texas counties for the overnight hours Friday and Saturday. Forecasters say temperatures will approach the freezing mark early Saturday morning and again early Sunday.

The weather service issued a frost advisory for much of northern and central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Ponca City.

Local & Regional
6:59 am
Fri October 5, 2012

3 Killed in Head-on Collision in Rogers County

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says three men were killed in a head-on collision in Rogers County.

Authorities say the deadly crash happened Thursday afternoon on East 145th Avenue in the county. An accident report says that 29-year-old Owen McCool of Tulsa was trying to pass a semitrailer when he struck another car head-on.

Authorities say McCool was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Local & Regional
5:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

State Ends Planned Parenthood Contract

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is withdrawing federal funding that has gone to three Planned Parenthood clinics in Tulsa for 18 years and allowed them to provide food and nutritional counseling to low-income mothers.

The State Department of Health notified Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Jill June last week that it would be terminating its contracts with the Tulsa facilities at the end of December.

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1:30 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

5 New Cases of West Nile, No New Deaths

National Geographic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting five new cases of West Nile virus — but no additional deaths.

The department said Thursday in its bi-weekly report that there have been 160 cases and nine deaths in the state this year. The previous record of 107 cases and seven deaths set in 2007 was broken in early September.

Officials say the virus will remain a threat until the first freeze neutralizes the mosquitoes that carry the disease. The first freeze generally occurs around the first of November.

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7:56 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Speed, Alcohol Blamed in Fatal Grand Lake Crash

A Grand River Dam Authority vehicle
KWGS News File photo

JAY, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary report from the Grand River Dam Authority says alcohol and excessive speed contributed to a fatal boat crash on Grand Lake in July.

Four people were in the 20-foot boat when it hit a breakwater structure near the Arrowhead Yacht Club area on the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake.

Authorities say 39-year-old Monte Price was thrown from the boat after the collision. His body was found 12 hours later.

Local & Regional
7:06 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmakers Look to Shore-up Pension Systems

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are planning to take an in-depth look at the state's pension systems and seek new ways to reduce the unfunded liability of the major systems.

The House Pension Oversight Committee will meet Thursday at the state Capitol for a pair of interim studies on the state's pension systems. Both were requested by state Rep. Randy McDaniel, the chairman of the committee.

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7:04 am
Thu October 4, 2012

CNG Initiative Released

A CNG pump at Owasso
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governors of Oklahoma and Colorado say their effort to encourage manufacturers to produce compressed natural gas vehicles is gaining momentum.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are leading a group of 22 states that want to use CNG vehicles in their fleets.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Special Meeting Set for Tulsa Jazz Hall's Finances

The Jazz Hall of Fame is in the old Union Depot
Jazz Hall File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County commissioners have scheduled a special meeting to discuss the $60,000 in back fees and assessments the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame has owed for months.

The meeting on Monday comes after county has given the hall several reprieves to pay its debts. The county could decide whether to serve the nonprofit with an eviction notice.

Financial problems surfaced after the hall moved into the Art Deco-style Union Depot in 2007. This spring, the organization's nearly $4,000 check for a half-year's insurance on the building bounced.

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