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6:51 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Jury Seated in Tulsa Murder-for-Hire Trial

Terrico Bethel
Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Tulsa businessman in a murder-for-hire plot.

Opening statements and testimony were scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of Terrico Bethel, who is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Neal Sweeney.

Prosecutors allege Bethel shot Sweeney at Sweeney's business, Retail Fuels Marketing, on Sept. 4, 2008. The 63-year-old died the next day.

Local & Regional
12:27 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

AAA: Price of Gas Rises Slightly in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The price of gasoline rose by just more than 3 cents per gallon in the past week in Oklahoma and has risen 22 cents in the past month.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the average for a gallon of self-serve regular gas in the state was $3.59 per gallon. AAA said the average price was $3.42 per gallon a week ago and stood at $3.44 per gallon a year ago.

The highest average price in selected cities was $3.63 per gallon in Stillwater — the lowest was $3.53 per gallon in Muskogee.

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Local & Regional
11:13 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Oklahoma West Nile Virus Cases Begin to Level Off

National Geographic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of new West Nile virus cases in Oklahoma has increased by just four in the past week and no additional deaths have been recorded.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Tuesday that there have been 65 cases of the virus and three deaths due to the virus this year.

The first was confirmed case was in June and there were 61 total cases through last Thursday.

The West Nile virus was first confirmed in Oklahoma in 2002 and the Health Department reports a total of 837 cases and 23 deaths since then.

Local & Regional
7:50 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Enid School Board Criticizes Standardized Tests

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Members of the Enid Public Schools Board of Education say an overabundance of standardized testing is getting in the way of students' education.

The board unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that says the number of tests students are required to take gets in the way of child-centered learning and limits meaningful learning.

The resolution calls on the Legislature to re-examine Oklahoma's system of public school accountability.

The Enid News & Eagle reports  that copies of the resolution will be given to area legislators.

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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Oklahoma Senate to Launch Veterans Interim Study

KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate is launching a study into reports of problems at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs' and its seven veterans' centers.

The study will begin Tuesday at the State Capitol. The first meeting will focus on administration issues including the structure and responsibilities of the agency and the War Veterans Commission. Lawmakers also will be looking into the role of the War Veterans Commission and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in relation to oversight of the agency.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Arraignment Date Set for Sccused Tulsa Shooters

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An arraignment is scheduled Oct. 22 for two men accused of gunning down three black people and wounding two more in April.

The arraignment date follows a ruling last week by a special judge who found there was sufficient evidence for Jake England and Alvin Watts to stand trial on first-degree murder counts.

Although arraignment initially was scheduled for Monday, the matter was postponed until the October date.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue August 21, 2012

School Withholds Teen's Diploma for Cursing

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The father of an Oklahoma valedictorian says the school is withholding his daughter's graduation diploma because she used the word "hell" during her valedictory speech.

David Nootbaar (NOOT'-bahr) said Monday that his daughter Kaitlin inadvertently said she didn't know what the "hell" she wanted to become during her speech at the May graduation ceremony at Prague (prayg) High School.

Nootbaar said his daughter intended to use the word heck.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Trial to Begin in Tulsa for 2008 Slaying

Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney was shot to death in 2008
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The trial for a man accused in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman is set to begin this week.

Fred Shields is charged in the 2008 killing of Neal Sweeney. Prosecutors claim that Sweeney was killed in a murder-for-hire plot because of a business dispute. Shields' brother, Allen Shields, was also charged with conspiracy in Sweeney's death but died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2011.

Sweeney, a 63-year-old former Tulsa football star, was shot in the head on Sept. 4, 2008, at his business and died the next day.

Local & Regional
1:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Inhofe says Republicans will have Senate Majority

Senator Jim Inhofe talks with reporters
File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe predicts his party will regain the majority in the U.S. Senate after the November elections — but even with that advantage, he believes Republicans won't have a veto-proof majority.

Inhofe made the remarks Monday morning during a breakfast in Tulsa sponsored by the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

The 77-year-old senator, who is not up for re-election this year, touted several recent accomplishments, including funding state transportation projects and passing into law his so-called Pilot's Bill of Rights.

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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Military Hall to Recognize Oklahoma Tribe Code Talkers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Choctaw Nation code talkers who served in two world wars and the first Oklahoma National Guard female general will be among those inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 9th.

The Oklahoman reported in Sunday's editions that Choctaw code talkers used their native language on the battlefields against the German army in World War One and World War Two.

Major General LaRita Aragon will be honored for her military service. Aragon was an educator before entering the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

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