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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.

Local & Regional
7:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Prisoner Found Dead at Oklahoma State Penitentiary

State prison at McAlester
Fiel Photo

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate was found dead at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Guards found the 55-year-old inmate dead Monday morning.

The TV station says the inmate was incarcerated on first-degree murder charge out of Cleveland County. His name wasn't immediately released.

Warden's Assistant Terry Crenshaw says the prisoner's death is under investigation. The man didn't have a cell partner at the time of his death and no staff injuries were reported.

Local & Regional
7:06 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Drought Drains Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.

A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month. It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Mon September 3, 2012

investigation into Dog's Death

Rogers County is red
KWGS News Map

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma are trying to figure out who tied a dog to a vehicle and dragged it to death this weekend.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the Tulsa World someone tied the Labrador retriever's legs with wire and dragged her with a vehicle for a little more than a mile before stopping on Saturday.

Walton says there was a trail of "flesh and fur" left behind on a road in Winganon, Okla.

The dog's owner, Melony Patton, says she was shocked that someone would savagely kill her 2-year-old dog named Jetta.

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Local & Regional
11:32 am
Mon September 3, 2012

New Center for Fire Victims at Drumright

File photo

DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) — A mobile disaster recovery center is slated to open near Drumright this week to help residents apply for aid after a devastating wildfire burned more than 90 square miles last month in Oklahoma's Creek County.

Officials say the center is slated to open at a church near Drumright on Tuesday.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management deputy director Michelann Ooten says the center will make it easier for people in the Drumright area to get face-to-face information about assistance.

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