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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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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.

Local & Regional
7:52 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Enid Senator files Lawsuit over Tulsa Bond Project

Tulsa's Zink Lake at the Low Water Dam
KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state senator from Enid is suing to stop a $25 million state bond issue to fund improvements to Tulsa's Zink Lake Dam.

Republican Senator Patrick Anderson filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County against the Oklahoma Capital Improvement Authority, Tulsa County, the City of Tulsa, Tulsa's River Parks Authority and others. He claims the use of a state bond issue on the project is unconstitutional and is asking a judge to prevent it.

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7:10 am
Thu August 23, 2012

AA Pilots Warn of Strike

A jet at the American Hangar at Tulsa International

DALLAS (AP) — Leaders of the pilots' union at American Airlines have raised the threat of a strike and also met with the CEO of US Airways, which is pursuing a labor-backed merger with American.

The Allied Pilots Association says that it will hold a strike-authorization vote as soon as American tries to use the bankruptcy process to throw out its contract with pilots and impose new pay and work rules.

The airline said that a strike would be illegal.

Local & Regional
7:05 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Bird Hits Tulsa Bound Jet

Tulsa International Airport
City of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say a United Express jet was struck by a bird as it was landing at Tulsa International Airport yesterday.

According to a statement from the company, ExpressJet Flight 4491 was traveling from Houston to Tulsa Wednesday when the incident occurred. No one was hurt, and the flight landed safely and without incident.

The statement said a thorough inspection showed no damage to the aircraft.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Federal Aid Approved for Creek County Fire Victims

A FEMA officials inspects damage in Creek County
KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin says the White House has approved disaster aid for wildfire victims in northeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin said Wednesday federal officials had given the OK for assistance to residents and businesses in Creek County. She says help for fire victims in Cleveland, Oklahoma and Payne counties is still being considered.

Fallin is happy about the Creek County aid, but said with the damage in large areas of the state, she found the White House's response "to be insufficient and unacceptable."

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Local & Regional
11:22 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Man Accused of Killing Weleetka Girls says He Didn't Kill Girlfriend

Kevin Sweat
OSBI

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the July 2011 death of his girlfriend.

Kevin Sweat entered the plea Wednesday in Okemah.

In May, a judge ordered Sweat to stand trial for the slaying of 23-year-old Ashley Taylor. Investigators allege fragmented human bones found on the property of Sweat's father were consistent with Taylor but not an exact match.

Judge Lawrence Parish scheduled an Oct. 22 trial date, but Sweat's attorney says he'll ask for a delay because of a scheduling conflict.

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6:58 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Oklahoma Man Accused of 3 Deaths to Enter Plea

A poster about the victims outside of the Okfuskee County Courthouse
KWGS News File photo

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 is scheduled to enter a plea on a first-degree murder count stemming from the July 2011 death of his girlfriend.

Kevin Sweat is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Okfuskee County District Court in Okemah.

In May, a judge ordered Sweat to stand trial in connection with the slaying of 23-year-old Ashley Taylor. Investigators allege fragmented human bones found on the property of Sweat's father were consistent with Taylor but not an exact match.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Teen in 'Deep' Trouble

COLCORD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Delaware County teenager was pulled to safety after he fell 100 feet into an abandoned water well.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says three teenagers were allegedly stealing a section of a car body from a pasture when the incident happened late Monday. Authorities tell Tulsa television station KOTV that the metal was covering the well and the teen accidentally fell in.

The sheriff's office says the teen fell about 100 feet into water at the bottom.

Local & Regional
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.

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