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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.

Local & Regional
7:01 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Exceptional Drought Expands in Parts of Oklahoma

The darker the color, the worse the drought
NOAA/USDA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought has expanded in parts of Oklahoma.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 40 percent of the state is mired in exceptional drought, the worst in the monitor's classification system.

A map indicates exceptional drought stretching from central Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle eastward into Osage County near Tulsa. Another swath stretches south from Ellis County to the Red River and then north and east into McClain County in central Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
3:19 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Oil, Gas Revenue Putting Drag on State Collections

Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's latest state revenue report shows a decline in oil and gas production proceeds is continuing to drag down overall collections to the state treasury.

Treasurer Ken Miller released figures on Thursday that show for the third time in the last six months, total collections last month fell below those of the same month last year.

Local & Regional
1:43 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

New Grand Jury Indictments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two women — including an investigator for the state cosmetology board — have been indicted by Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury.

Indictments unsealed Thursday in Oklahoma City accuse 48-year-old Tina Thai Vo of bribery and 63-year-old Patricia Migliaccio of asking for a gratuity before performing an official act.

Migliaccio is an investigator for the state cosmetology board. The indictments allege that she asked for a gratuity from Vo, who wanted to take a test for an instructor's license.

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Local & Regional
7:45 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Former Tulsa City Employee Challenges Firing

Dr. Lana Turner-Addison
Tulsa Public Schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The former human rights director in Tulsa says she'll appeal her recent firing, claiming the city terminated her job because of her race.

A spokeswoman for the city denies the allegations made by Lana Turner-Addison, who was fired by the city last week. Turner-Addison is also a member of the Tulsa School Board.

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Election
7:06 am
Thu September 6, 2012

2nd District GOP Candidate Mullin got $370K in Stimulus

Markwayne Mullin
Campaign photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate who has railed against federal spending has been awarded around $370,000 in federal stimulus money distributed through a pair of Oklahoma Indian tribes.

A review of stimulus spending by The Associated Press shows companies owned by Markwayne Mullin received the money under contracts with the Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) nations.

The payments were for plumbing at tribal housing projects and funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Election
10:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Tulsa Congressional Hopeful Won't Release Tax Info

John Olson (d)-Jim Bridenstine (r)
Campaign photos

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District says he won't release copies of back tax returns, or his military and academic records as his Democratic opponent has recently done.

A spokesman for Republican Jim Bridenstine says the candidate has an exemplary record and has already filed the required statements of financial interest with the U.S. House Committee on Ethics.

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