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12:56 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Oklahoma Execution Set for Tuesday

Michael Hooper
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man is scheduled to be executed for the killings of his former girlfriend and her two young children nearly 19 years ago.

Michael Hooper is to die by lethal injection Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for the December 1993 deaths of Cynthia Jarman, her 5-year-old daughter, Tonya, and 3-year-old son, Timmy. All were shot twice in the head.

A Canadian County jury convicted Hooper of first-degree murder and recommended the death penalty. A federal appeals court upheld Hooper's convictions in 2002, but overturned his death sentences.

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Election
9:25 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Demos Battle for Second District

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren surprisingly announced last year he wouldn't seek a fifth term in office, Democrats started scrambling for an ideal candidate who could hold on to the seat in the increasingly conservative district.

With a tough-on-crime resume and deep roots in the Oklahoma Democratic Party, longtime prosecutor Rob Wallace emerged as the top contender. The 49-year-old has been endorsed by arguable two of the most popular Democrats in the state — former Gov. Brad Henry and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren.

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Local & Regional
5:20 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Explosion at Elk City Trucking Firm

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Emergency management officials say a fire at a western Oklahoma trucking company was under control following an explosion that injured two people.

Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover  said the cause of the Saturday morning explosion at Hodges Trucking Company in Elk City was not known.

Risenhoover said one company worker was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital while the other was hospitalized in Elk City. The severity of the injuries was not known.

Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Subject of Antitrust Probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. says the federal government is investigating whether there were antitrust violations relating to its purchase of some oil and gas land in Michigan.

The stock lost 3 percent in morning trading Friday.

The Oklahoma City-based company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that it was subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice to hand over paperwork related to those purchases. Chesapeake says it has also received demands for documents and information from state government agencies.

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

West Nile Cases Rising Dramatically in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of West Nile virus cases is increasing dramatically in the state.

The department says 31 cases of West Nile have been confirmed so far this year -- more than in the past four years combined.

Tulsa County has reported the highest number of cases, with nine, while Oklahoma County reported six and Carter County reported five.

The department says more than a quarter of the cases have occurred among Oklahomans in their 70s.

Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sat August 11, 2012

It is Ryan

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is appearing alongside his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney says Ryan is a man of what he calls "great steadiness" and "unquestioned integrity." The former Massachusetts governor says Ryan is a "shining exception" in a political world of pettiness.

The two appeared together for the first time as the Republican presidential ticket on Saturday morning in Virginia. They faced supporters while standing on the USS Wisconsin, a retired World War II battleship.

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Local & Regional
11:16 am
Fri August 10, 2012

OSU Employee Shoots Himself at Stillwater Hospital

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 53-year-old Oklahoma State University employee fatally shot himself in a restroom at a Stillwater hospital.

Capt. Randy Dickerson says the man walked into the emergency room at Stillwater Medical Center at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dickerson tells the Stillwater NewsPress (http://is.gd/latRMe ) that the man then went into a public restroom and shot himself in the chest.

Local & Regional
11:04 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Okla. Dept. of Ag. Funds Projects Across State

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is administering a program that offers grants and loans for qualified agriculture-related projects across the state.

The Agricultural Enhancement and Diversification Program helps fund the projects with zero percent interest loans and grants. Among the program's goals is to and encourage farm diversification.

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Local & Regional
10:10 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Majority Leader to Fundraise Republican Bridenstine

Bridenstine Campaign

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is scheduled to headline a fundraising breakfast for 1st Congressional District candidate Jim Bridenstine.

The Friday morning event at a south Tulsa hotel asks supporters for donations of between $250 and $2,500, which will go toward the campaign of Bridenstine — a Republican.

Bridenstine upset five-term U.S. Rep. John Sullivan in the June Republican primary election. Bridenstine has aligned himself with the tea party and has run on a platform calling for fresh voices in Washington.

Local & Regional
11:24 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Oklahoma Drought Classified Worst Possible

KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor says drought conditions are worsening throughout Oklahoma.

The latest map, released Thursday, shows that 16 percent of the state is in exceptional drought — the worst classification possible. That's up from 5 percent a week ago.

The exceptional drought covers parts of the Panhandle and western Oklahoma counties that include Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Dewey and Custer. The exceptional drought also dips into Blaine, Canadian and Cleveland counties.

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