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8:56 am
Sun August 5, 2012

New Study Ties Global Warming to Recent Year Heat

WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis by a top government scientist says the extreme heat and drought seen in the U.S., Europe and other regions in recent years must be global warming. Specifically the study by NASA scientist James Hansen blames climate change for last year's drought in Texas and Oklahoma, the 2010 record heat wave in Russia and the 2003 European heat wave that led to tens of thousands of deaths.

Hansen told The Associated Press in an interview that the world is now experiencing scientific fact.

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Local & Regional
8:12 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Oklahoma! On Fire!

A wall of flames near Kellyville in Creek County
Jodi Johnson

Here is the very latest on the wild fires in Oklahoma:

We are under a Red Flag Fire WARNING. That means wildfires are wide spread and are causing damage to homes and structures. The WARNING includes the Tulsa County and all of the Public Radio Tulsa listening area. Communities are being evacuated because of the fires.

A thick layer of smoke hangs over Tulsa. At times ash has been falling from the sky in Tulsa, resembling snow flurries.

Emergency management officials have ordered evacuations of homes in several areas as wildfires burn across the state.

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Local & Regional
2:33 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Governor Tours Fire Damage

Governor Fallin
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LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters in Oklahoma have under control a wildfire that's suspected to be the work of arsonists.

The fire near Luther burned dozens of homes and forced evacuations Friday. Gov. Mary Fallin toured the community Saturday morning, saying the fire and damage are "heartbreaking."

Officials estimate 56 homes and other buildings have been damaged by the blaze.

Local & Regional
10:01 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Wind-Whipped Oklahoma Wildfires Destroy Homes

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say dozens of homes and other structures have been destroyed as wildfires rage in Oklahoma.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated Friday in at least four counties, and part of Interstate 44 and two state highways were closed for a few hours because of the smoke and flames.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel says at least 25 homes and a daycare center burned in a fire that may have been deliberately set near Luther, a town about 20 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Local & Regional
11:19 am
Fri August 3, 2012

State Education Board Hears Appeals Over Tests

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education is hearing appeals over state-mandated End of Instruction tests.

The board is hearing appeals Friday from students who did not pass the required number of tests in order to receive their high school diploma.

Beginning this year, high school seniors are required to score proficient in four of seven subjects to receive their diploma.

Board staff has recommended one student receive a waiver and be granted a diploma and that a second be denied a waiver. A third student's case is recommended for dismissal.

Local & Regional
11:16 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Burn Ban Now Statewide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With blistering heat and drought conditions across Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a statewide burn ban.

Fallin announced the ban Friday. It prohibits outdoor burning in all 77 Oklahoma counties, effective immediately.

The Oklahoma Forestry Service recommended the ban after analyzing fire activities and predictions for the current drought conditions to continue.

The governor's statewide burn ban supersedes all county burn bans and will remain in effect until it is lifted by the governor.

Local & Regional
7:08 am
Fri August 3, 2012

More Record Breaking Heat

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record temperature has been set again in Oklahoma.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 112 degrees in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Thursday afternoon.

For Oklahoma City, the high temperature broke a record of 110 degrees set in 1980. The 112-degree reading equaled Wednesday's daytime high and is one degree cooler than Oklahoma City's all-time high of 113.

In Tulsa, the daytime high tied a record that was set in 2011.

Local & Regional
7:06 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Bridge on Oklahoma Highway Damaged by Heat

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GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Officials had to close part of a bridge in Guthrie after it buckled because of the extreme heat.

Department of Transportation officials shut down Oklahoma Highway 33 near downtown Guthrie Wednesday night and is expected to remain closed Friday afternoon.

Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier told The Oklahoman two panels expanded at the joint, pushed against each other and came up a few inches on the roadway. She says extreme heat causes older bridges and older pavement to buckle.

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Local & Regional
12:15 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

October Trial Set for former Bartlesville Officers

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A judge has scheduled an Oct. 11 trial date for two former Bartlesville police officers accused of assault and battery.

The Examiner-Enterprise reports that a judge scheduled the date Wednesday for Stacy Charles Neafus and Sonya Jean Worthington. Both faces misdemeanor charges of assault and battery.

The pair is accused of assaulting a man who was a patient at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Local & Regional
11:52 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Oklahoma Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Congressman

Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Rep. John Sullivan says the congressman's security has been enhanced after an Oklahoma man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Sullivan.

Vaughn Jennings said Thursday that the congressman's office is cooperating with investigators. He declined further comment.

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