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9:35 am
Sun September 9, 2012

Ann Romney To Attend Fund Raiser in OKC

Ann Romney
File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former First Lady Laura Bush are scheduled to attend a private fundraising reception in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoman reports that Ann Romney and Bush are to be featured at Monday's event at the home of Judy and Tom Love. A private reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. and a general reception is set for 6 p.m.

The cost will range from $1,000 to $25,000 per person.

Local & Regional
9:32 am
Sun September 9, 2012

Eathquake Southwest of Tulsa

Quake was west of Henryetta, on the south side of I-40
USGS Map

BOLEY, Okla. (AP) — A 3.4-magnitude earthquake has been reported in east-central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake happened around 8 p.m. Saturday about 7 miles south-southwest of Boley in Okfuskee County.

A sheriff's dispatcher says the department hadn't received any reports of injury or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes with magnitudes of 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

Local & Regional
3:45 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Update on Tulane Safety Devon Walker

Tulane's Devon Walker
Tulane Unuversity

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulane's team doctor says safety Devon Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during a game in Tulsa.

The Tulsa World reports that Doctor Buddy Savoie said yesterday during a postgame news conference that Walker will need spinal surgery in the upcoming days.

According to the football team's Twitter account, Walker was in stable condition.

Election
8:13 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Tulsa Black Senator Criticizes Oklahoma Democratic Party

Judy Eason McIntyre
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state senator says the Oklahoma Democratic Party has used blacks as workhorses for the party, but officials haven't reciprocated in promoting blacks for leadership positions.

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre spoke during a breakfast meeting with Oklahoma Democrats at the delegation's hotel on the final day of the national convention in North Carolina.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Storm Death Toll Is 4

trees, power lines, fences and homes are damaged by the strong winds at Nowata
Debra Woodall-Evensvold

NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say four people — including an infant — have been killed as thunderstorms swept through northeast Oklahoma.

Nowata County Undersheriff Doug Sonenberg says the infant and two adults were killed Friday when heavy winds destroyed a mobile home. They were found in a creek.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported that Ash Grove, Mo., resident Jimmy King was killed when straight-line winds flipped the semi he was driving onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside near Afton.

Local & Regional
8:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

High Winds Fan Flames

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have brought a large grass fire that burned some abandoned homes and outbuildings under control in Pawnee County.

Pawnee Fire dispatcher Joe Allenbaugh says no injuries were reported in Friday's blaze, which he estimated to be about 1.5 miles wide and 5 miles to 6 miles long. Allenbaugh says winds of 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour caused the blaze to spread, but light rain that followed helped firefighters contain the flames.

He says power poles also burned, causing outages for some residents.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Trucker Killed When Winds Flipped Semi

KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck driver is killed as the result of winds from severe thunderstorms in northeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Jimmy King of Ash Grove, Missouri was driving on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Afton Friday when straight-line winds flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside. Troopers say King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.

Local & Regional
12:31 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Tahlequah Electric Substation Hit by Vandal

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for whoever caused $1 million in damage to an electricity substation in Tahlequah.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative says its substation on Mud Valley Road sustained serious damage this week.

The company's CEO says someone using a high-powered rifle fired on the substation and two breakers Wednesday.

That knocked out electricity to about 2,000 customers. Power was restored within two hours.

Local & Regional
7:59 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Governor to Appeal for Federal Wildfire Aid

A FEMA officials inspects damage in Creek County, the only Oklahoma county to get federal aid.
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Governor Mary Fallin is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider its decision to deny individual assistance to victims of wildfires that swept across the state last month.

Fallin filed a formal appeal on Thursday on behalf of wildfire victims in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Payne counties.

Wildfires in July and August damaged nearly 300 homes in those three counties, including 270 that were destroyed. Fallin says an estimated 85 percent of those homes were uninsured.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Number of Oklahoma West Nile Virus Cases Reaches 123

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say five more West Nile virus cases have been reported in Oklahoma.

According to statistics posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website Thursday, 123 cases have been reported. That's up from Tuesday's count of 118, which set a record for the number of West Nile cases in a single year in Oklahoma.

The state Health Department says seven people have died from the virus so far in 2012.

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