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7:50 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Oklahoma AG Amends Lawsuit Attacking Health Care Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has amended a federal lawsuit that challenges the nation's health care overhaul law.

Pruitt amended the petition on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee. Pruitt filed the original lawsuit in January 2011 shortly after taking office.

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Local & Regional
7:48 am
Thu September 20, 2012

American Airlines Cancels 300 Flights due to Sickout

An American Airlines jet at the Tulsa International terminal.
Tulsa International Airport

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines and American Eagle say they will cancel 300 flights this week to cope with a high number of pilots reporting sick and an increase in maintenance reports filed by crews.

That's 1.25 percent of the 24,000 flights that were scheduled by the two airlines, which are owned by Fort Worth-based AMR Corporation.

AMR said Wednesday that it canceled the flights in advance to avoid inconveniencing passengers. Earlier this week, American said it would cut its schedule through the end of October by up to 2 percent.

Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Charges Filed in Creek County Wild Fire

Creek County mug shot on Billy Cloud on unrelated charges
Creek County Booking Photo

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A 36-year-old Bristow man has been accused of causing a wildfire that burned more than 90 square miles and destroyed hundreds of homes in Creek County.

Formal charges were filed Wednesday against Billy Cloud. The charging document accuses Cloud of third-degree arson or, in the alternative, unlawful burning. Both charges are felonies.

A probable cause affidavit n the case says the fire started on August 2nd when Cloud allegedly threw a cigarette butt into dry grass in front of the house where he lived.

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Local & Regional
9:36 am
Wed September 19, 2012

14-Year-old Accused of Shooting at OKC Police

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have arrested a 14-year-old boy after he allegedly fired a gun at officers.

Police say no one was struck by the gunfire early Wednesday at an apartment complex. The boy's mother called police at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after getting into an altercation with her son.

Authorities say the woman told police that her son had an upcoming juvenile court date and he didn't want to go.

Police say the boy opened fire when an officer arrived. A second officer arrived and returned fire, but no one was struck.

Local & Regional
7:04 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Muskogee Builder Accused of Defrauding Homeowners

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A dozen counts of home repair fraud have been filed against a Muskogee builder accused of defrauding homeowners.

Charges were filed Tuesday in Lincoln County District Court against 36-year-old Jason Priest. The charges filed by the Attorney General's Office's allege a pattern of home repair fraud.

Priest owns of JMP Buildings and Muskogee Barn Company. The charges allege he signed contracts and accepted payments to build barns or outbuildings in 12 Oklahoma counties between 2009 and 2011.

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Local & Regional
2:38 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Indictment Charges Pawnee Woman with 2003 Killing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Pawnee County woman is accused of beating a man to death with a baseball bat in 2003.

A multicounty grand jury indictment charging 31-year-old Amanda Sanders-Bolstad with first-degree murder was unsealed Tuesday in Pawnee County District Court.

Sanders-Bolstad has a lengthy criminal history and prison records show she currently is imprisoned at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center on drug and perjury charges.

According to the indictment, Sanders-Bolstad was accused of beating Heath Riley Reams to death with a baseball bat in July 2003.

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Election
7:42 am
Tue September 18, 2012

1st District Hopefuls to Debate in Bartlesville

John Olson and Jim Bridenstine
Campaign photos

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Two candidates vying for the U.S. House of Representatives seat now held by U.S. Rep. John Sullivan will meet Tuesday for a debate.

The debate between Republican Jim Bridenstine and Democrat John Olson is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bartlesville. Oklahoma Wesleyan University will host the event at its Lyon Chapel and Fine Arts Center.

Bridenstine defeated Sullivan, a five-term incumbent, in the June primary. Olson had no primary opponent. Independent Craig Allen is also on the ballot for the 1st District seat.

Local & Regional
12:56 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Family of Joplin Tornado Victim Sues Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart opened a rebuilt store at the same, 15th and Rangeline, location earlier this year
KWGS News File photo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The wife and daughter of man killed inside a Walmart store when a massive tornado hit Joplin are suing.

The Joplin Globereported that the wrongful death lawsuit names as defendants Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the store's manager. The case was transferred Friday to federal court. It initially was filed in Jasper County Circuit Court.

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Local & Regional
10:29 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Mannford Disaster Center to Close on Friday

Wild fire near Mannford last month
Samatha Robbins

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Emergency officials say a disaster recovery center in Mannford set up for residents affected by the August wildfires will close this week.

The center opened Aug. 27 to serve Creek County homeowners, renters and businesses following the wildfire that burned between Aug. 3 and Aug. 14. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management say the center will close at 6 p.m. Friday.

The center is staffed by state and federal emergency management officials and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Local & Regional
7:48 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Truck Hits Gate at Tulsa Police Parking Lot

KWGS News File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma say a man driving a pickup truck crashed into a gate guarding a Tulsa police parking lot.

Tulsa television station KOTV reports a man and a woman were inside the truck that came to a stop in the parking lot surrounded by police cars on Sunday.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Tim Lewandowski says the people inside the truck claimed they were being chased by someone with a gun.

The woman was questioned and released. The driver was taken into custody.

Lewandowski said he thought the gate would cost about $3,000 to repair.

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