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8:47 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Lawmaker Wants More Money in Workers' Comp

KWGS FIle photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker who was awarded more than $61,000 in workers' compensation due to a collision as he drove to the state Capitol is appealing for more money.

And the state House and its insurance carrier are also appealing — asking that the $61,560 awarded to Republican Representative Mike Christian in July be thrown out.

The Oklahoman reports that Christian's appeal asks the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court "to adequately compensate" Christian for injuries suffered in the 2009 collision.

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Election
8:44 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Oklahoma's 2nd District Race Draws Focus on Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in eastern Oklahoma's sprawling 2nd District will cast ballots in two top political races Tuesday — both to determine the nominees in the battle to succeed the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.

Republicans want to stamp out the last bit of blue on Oklahoma's congressional map, while Democrats are looking to hold on to the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Dan Boren,

Boren announced last summer he wouldn't seek another term.

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Local & Regional
2:42 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong--1st Man on the Moon--Dead at 82

Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface
NASA

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82.

A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind."

Local & Regional
8:50 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Worker Who Died in OKC Accident Identified

I-40 construction work in Oklahoma City
Sherwood Construction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police say a worker who was killed at a construction site near downtown has been identified.

Captain Dexter Nelson says that 43-year-old Mario Mejia-Ramirez died after being pinned between a truck trailer and a piece of excavation equipment.

Mejia-Ramirez worked for Sherwood Construction Company, which is based in Tulsa and Wichita, Kansas.

Nelson says he died Thursday afternoon while dismantling the old Interstate 40 Crosstown behind Harkins Theatre in Bricktown.

Local & Regional
8:49 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Former Oklahoma State Player's Sentencing Delayed

Darrell Williams
Booking Photo

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A judge has delayed sentencing for a former Oklahoma State basketball player convicted of sexual assaulting two women at an off-campus party.

Judge Phillip Corley on Friday delayed the sentencing of Darrell Williams so he can consider Williams' motion for a new trial. The 22-year-old was convicted last month of sexual battery and two counts of rape by instrumentation.

Corley set a September 14th hearing for Williams.

Williams had been scheduled for sentencing Friday. Jurors recommended one-year prison sentences for each of the rape counts.

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Local & Regional
8:19 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Arsenic Filter Plant Residue Taken from Oklahoma Park

The playground at Weatherford's Rader Park
City of Weatherford

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The mayor of a western Oklahoma town says sandy residue from a plant that filters arsenic from water has been cleared from a park and taken to a transfer station for disposal.

Weatherford Mayor Mike Brown said Friday he first learned of the residue from the Weatherford Daily News, which received a tip from a city employee that sludge containing arsenic had been dumped near Rader Park.

Local & Regional
5:33 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Pardon and Parole Board Discusses Policy Ideas

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members say they are in compliance with most of Gov. Mary Fallin's proposals to improve the board's policies and practices.

The board discussed Fallin's recommendations on Friday. Fallin's office made the suggestions after a prosecutor accused the board of conducting a secret parole docket in violation of the Open Meeting Act.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater accused the board of providing no public notice that it would consider early parole for inmates, including some ineligible for early release.

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Election
7:05 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Early Voting Begins for Oklahoma Runoff Election

Tulsa County Election Board is on North Denver
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early voting begins Friday for voters casting ballots in Oklahoma's primary runoff election.

The top race is in the 2nd Congressional District, where two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their parties' nominations. That seat is being vacated by Democratic congressman Dan Boren, who is not seeking re-election.

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Local & Regional
1:02 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Oklahoma Muslim Advocacy Group Launches Voter Drive

Signs marking poling location
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma is launching a voter registration drive in an attempt to get the state's estimated 30,000 Muslims more involved in the political process.

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the drive on Thursday. The group's new Executive Director Adam Soltani says the campaign is designed to provide Oklahoma's Muslims with tools they need to be more engaged and represented in politics.

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Local & Regional
9:41 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Drought Gets Worse. All of Tulsa County Now in Worst Case

The darker the color, the worse the drought.
USDA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The severity of an ongoing drought has intensified across Oklahoma with 48 percent of the state now rated as in an exceptional drought — the worst classification.

That's up from 39 percent of the state in exceptional drought last week.

The report released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of the western half of the state, the northeast and parts of north-central Oklahoma in exceptional drought. The report shows 52 percent of the state in extreme drought.

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