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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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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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Local & Regional
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.

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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