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Local & Regional
9:14 am
Sat August 18, 2012

$1-Million Worth of Crystal Meth Seized in Muskogee County

Webbers Falls is in Muskogee County

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Muskogee County.

Sheriff Charles Pearson says the stop happened Thursday afternoon on Interstate 40 near Webbers Falls. The sheriff says the drugs have a street value of $1 million.

Authorities say a man was driving from Fort Worth, Texas, to Fort Smith, Ark. when he was pulled over in Muskogee County. Deputy Jeff Gragg says the county's drug dog discovered the methamphetamine in the car's trunk.

The man was booked on drug trafficking complaints.

Local & Regional
9:11 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Unemployment Up in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate was up slightly in July — but remains more than 3 percent below the national jobless rate.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that unemployment in the state was up two-tenths of a percentage point from June to stand at 4.9 percent in July. The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.

The commission said the number of Oklahomans without a job increased by 2,860 to 87,820.

Total employment fell by 1,980 to just more than 1.7 million.

Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Tulsa to Dallas Air Fares Increase

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DALLAS (AP) — Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Company is raising fares on short routes by $10 per round trip, and other airlines are expected to match the increase.

The fare hike Friday applied to flights of less than 500 miles each way, or about one-third of Southwest's routes.

The company says it needs to cover higher costs.

Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sat August 18, 2012

2 Appointed to Oklahoma Human Services Board

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has appointed two Edmond residents to the Oklahoma Commission for Human for Human Services board that oversees the state's Department of Human Services.

Fallin announced Friday the appointments of Pam Kanaly and Karen Waddell.

Kanaly is president and co-founder of an organization that works with families and to support single mothers. Waddell is president of a company that works with at-risk children.

Local & Regional
9:03 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Lawmaker: Legislation Will Address Rehab Deaths

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker says he'll propose legislation to regulate drug treatment practices following the deaths of three people at a drug rehabilitation center in Canadian.

Democratic state Senator Tom Ivester said Friday that he believes the state should enact strict regulations on the type of treatments offered by Narconon Arrowhead.

Three patients of the center have died since October — the most recent in July. Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns has said his office is investigating the deaths.

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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Wildfire Started by Careless Smoking

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MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say they've identified suspects in the wildfires that burned more than 90 square miles in Creek County.

Authorities believe the fires were sparked by a lit cigarette that was dropped on the ground. Tulsa television station KOTV reports  that investigators have identified three suspects in the case.

The fires destroyed more than 380 homes in the county. The sheriff's office says the investigation continues and that those responsible could face arson charges.

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Local & Regional
1:08 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Raid! Enid Police Seize Cash and Slot Machines

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ENID, Okla. (AP) — Police in Enid say they've seized 25 slot machines and more than $7,000 in cash from four bars in the city.

Authorities say warrants were served Wednesday afternoon by Enid police officers, with help from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

Enid police say the investigation began after several people complained of illegal gambling at the bars. Sgt. Eric Reddick says undercover officers saw people using the slot machines during visits to the bars.

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Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Attorneys Want Judge Off Tulsa Shooting Case

Judge Kurt Glassco
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for one of two men accused of gunning down three black people in April want the prospective trial judge off the case because he signed off on their client's arrest warrant.

Defense attorneys and a prosecutor met in private Thursday morning before District Judge Kurt Glassco to argue a Rule 15 motion — the legal process of seeking to remove a judge or have the case transferred.

Glassco signed the arrest warrant for accused shooter Jake England.

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Local & Regional
12:27 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Drought Conditions Expand across Oklahoma

The darker the color, the worse the drought. Southern Tulsa County is in the worst condition.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drought conditions continue to worsen and expand across Oklahoma.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows exceptional drought — the worst possible category — covering most of western Oklahoma and a swath of northeastern Oklahoma. Southern Tulsa County is in that worst case category.

Nearly all other areas of the state are in extreme drought — the exceptions being severe drought in small parts of southeastern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.

Local & Regional
12:17 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Man, Woman Found Dead in Tahlequah Home

Tahlequah is in Cherokee County
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after two people were found dead in a Tahlequah home.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says police were called to the home Wednesday night to do a welfare check. Once there, officers discovered two people dead inside the home.

OSBI says the bodies of the man and woman both showed signs of significant trauma.

Investigators are working to confirm the identities of the two people. No one has been arrested.