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8:42 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Harrah Students Hospitalized after Taking Drug

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HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say several Harrah Junior High School students were taken to a hospital after apparently ingesting the drug Diazepam.

Police say none of the students appeared to be seriously injured after taking the drug Friday. Diazepam is a generic form of Valium and used to treat anxiety and seizures — a side effect can be cardiac arrest.

Officer Phil Stewart told reporters that the drug was distributed by a student who was among those hospitalized. Stewart said the student will be arrested.

Election
7:59 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Mullin Bid Documents Outline Source of Funds

Markwayne Mullin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Documents show that companies owned by a congressional candidate critical of federal stimulus spending were on notice that work done for the Cherokee Nation was part of the government program — despite the candidate's claim that he had "not a clue" about the funding source.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Fri September 14, 2012

UPDATE: Orsak Termination

McFarlin Library on the TU campus
KWGS News File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees chairman says the firing of TU President Geoffrey Orsak after 74 days on the job was "unavoidable."

Duane Wilson said in statement late Thursday afternoon that he can't discuss specific reasons why Orsak was fired Wednesday. Wilson said the firing has raised "intense" questions and interest and that he wants to offer assurance that TU is prepared for a "smooth course forward."

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Ex-Governor to Lead Discussion on Internet Sales Tax

Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Brad Henry will lead a bipartisan discussion on internet sales tax and the impact that the lack of such a tax on certain online retailers has on so-called brick-and-mortar buildings in the state.

Others scheduled to take part in the discussion Friday are House Speaker Kris Steele, state Treasurer Ken Miller, former Treasurer Scott Meacham and city officials, business officials and Chamber of Commerce officials from across the state.

The meeting will be held at Oklahoma City University.



Local & Regional
7:48 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Judge Allows Suit Against Reputed Mobster with Tulsa Ties To Move Forward

James Bulger
FBI

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the family of one of James "Whitey" Bulger's alleged victims can continue with a federal lawsuit against FBI agents who monitored the mobster while he was an informant.

U.S. District Judge William Young said in a ruling issued Thursday that a lawsuit by Michael Donahue's family against agents can continue despite of an appeals court ruling that dismissed a claim against the federal government because the statute of limitations had expired.

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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Oklahoma Judge Sentences Man, Then Performs Wedding

:ABC Cake Shop

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It'll be a delayed honeymoon for one Oklahoma couple.

Larry Austin married his longtime girlfriend Thursday — moments after a judge sentenced him to four years in prison. Oklahoma County Judge Jerry Bass handed down the sentence, then performed the marriage ceremony.

Austin and Dustie Trojack, first obtained their marriage license Thursday in the company of two sheriff's deputies at Austin's side. Austin then pleaded guilty to a firearm charge and was sentenced to four years in federal prison.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Update on Burned Fire Fighters

The TSAS fire
Melissa Clark

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Three Tulsa firefighters injured last week while battling a blaze at a school are now listed in good condition.

The fire department says the firefighters suffered third-degree burns and needed skin grafts.

Last week, a fire broke out at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences and eight firefighters suffered burns. Five of the firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.

The fire broke out before the school day began so no students or employees were injured.

Local & Regional
7:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Missing Tulsa Woman Found Alive in Freezer

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a Tulsa woman missing since Saturday has been found alive in a deep freezer, where she apparently hid during severe storms over the weekend.

Tulsa police officer Jillian Roberson says the 59-year-old woman was found Wednesday morning after worried relatives went to the woman's apartment complex in search of her. She was transported with frostbite on her legs to a Tulsa hospital, where she is listed in fair condition.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Hours for Wildfire Disaster Center in Mannford

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MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Emergency management officials say the weekend hours of operation are changing at a wildfire disaster assistance center in Mannford.

The center opened Aug. 27 to provide Creek County residents with information about disaster aid available as a result of wildfires that burned in the county between Aug. 3 and Aug. 14.

State and federal officials say the center located next to the library in Mannford will no longer be open on Sundays and that Saturday is the final Saturday it will be open. The center will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Deadline looms for Oklahoma mortgage settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thursday is the deadline for Oklahomans to apply for part of the state's $18.6 million settlement with the nation's largest lenders.

Oklahoma was the only state that did not sign off on a $25 billion settlement agreement with the nation's largest mortgage lenders, instead reaching a separate agreement with the companies.

Any homeowners who believe their foreclosure or loan modification involved unfair practices are urged to apply with the Oklahoma attorney general's office.

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