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12:31 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac Now a Hurricane

The projected path of Hurricane Isaac.
National Hurricane Center

CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — Isaac is continuing its approach toward the Louisiana coast, but now as a hurricane.

Forecasters say the storm reached hurricane status today, with top winds of 75 miles an hour. It could grow stronger by the time it reaches the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana tonight or early tomorrow.

As the storm approached, President Barack Obama warned residents along the Gulf Coast to heed the warnings of local authorities. He said, "Now is not the time to tempt fate."

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Election
1:27 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Fallin, Cornett Both to Speak at GOP Convention

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican National Convention will have a distinct Oklahoma flavor, with both Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett scheduled to speak.

Party officials announced Monday that Cornett is expected to address the convention in Tampa, Fla., at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Fallin is scheduled to speak between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Election
1:24 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Oklahoma 2nd District Candidates Make Final Pitch

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four men running for the state's only open congressional seat are making their final pitches to voters across eastern Oklahoma's sprawling 2nd District, encouraging voters to head to the polls for what is typically a low-turnout affair.

Two Republicans and two Democrats both square off in separate primary runoffs Tuesday in the race to replace the only Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation, retiring U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, who decided not to seek a fifth term in office.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Wildfire Disaster Center to Open in Creek County

The wild fire approaches the town of Mannford
Samatha Robbins

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — State and federal disaster officials say a disaster recovery center is to open in Mannford to help residents apply for aid as a result of wildfires earlier this month in Creek County.

Federal disaster aid was approved last week for residents who have uninsured or under-insured losses due to the fires that burned between Aug. 3 and Aug. 14.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Toxic algae blooming, prompts Oklahoma advisories

A Blue Green Warning flyer
KWGS News File photo

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Toxic blue-green algae is flourishing in more than a dozen Oklahoma lakes, prompting warnings from health officials.

Advisories were in effect Sunday for 15 lakes, with two more listed as possibly having toxic levels of algae.

After problems with swimmers falling ill last year, the Oklahoma Tourism Department developed a website that enables people to check lake conditions, including whether there are dangerous algae plumes.

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Election
1:48 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Review of other Ballot Issues for Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While much of the political attention has been focused on the race for Oklahoma's open 2nd Congressional District seat, voters in eight separate state House and Senate races will decide their nominees on Tuesday's primary runoff election.

There will be eight primary runoffs for open legislative seats — four each in the Senate and House.

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Local & Regional
8:51 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Office of State Finance Changes Its Name

Preston Doerflinger
State Impact Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Office of State Finance has changed its name to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Friday the name change reflects the agency's expanded role under a 2011 consolidation law that folded four other departments into the Office of State Finance.

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Local & Regional
8:49 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmakers Object to Funding for Non-Profits

KWGS File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two state lawmakers are asking Republican Governor Mary Fallin to block tax dollars from being used to fund non-profit groups.

State Representatives Paul Wesselhoft of Moore and Sally Kern of Oklahoma City say more than $12 million appropriated to four state agencies this year are intended for non-profits. Examples of the spending include the IPRA National Finals Rodeo, which has received $50,000 over a two-year period, the Rural Enterprise Institute, which has received $2.25 million over three years, and the OK Expo, which got $2 million this year.

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Local & Regional
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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