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6:49 am
Tue May 22, 2012

President Address Joplin High School

President Obama speaks to Joplin High School Graduates
White House

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the graduating seniors of a Missouri town devastated by deadly tornadoes are a "source of inspiration" to him and the nation.

Obama says the story of Joplin, Mo., is one of a community coming together in response to tragedy.

The president was speaking on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Joplin High School was destroyed and the students spent their senior year taking classes in a converted department store.

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Deal on $6.8-Billion State Budget

Governor Fallin and state legislators
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders of Oklahoma's GOP-controlled Legislature have reached an agreement on a $6.8 billion budget to fund state agencies for the upcoming fiscal year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Clark Jolley unveiled the general appropriations bill late Monday in a Senate committee that contained details of the budget plan.

Jolley says the final budget reflected a 3.13 percent increase in state spending above last year's budget, with virtually all of the growth revenue going to fund transportation and health care.

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Local & Regional
12:09 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Governor and Lawmakers Near Deal on Oklahoma Budget

The Oklahoma State Capitol
KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says the Legislature and governor have reached a "tentative agreement" on next year's budget, but the plan still must be approved by the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate.

Steele emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting late Monday morning and said the members were briefed on a budget framework that has been negotiated between the House, Senate and governor's office.

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Local & Regional
8:41 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin One Year Later: Graduation Day

JHS was destroyed by the tornado. Classes were held this year in a vacant mall store.
KWGS News Photo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin High School's Class of 2012 will cap a senior year marked by tragedy and perseverance Monday night with a commencement speech by President Barack Obama.

The president will visit southwest Missouri the day before the one-year anniversary of the country's deadliest single tornado in six decades. The May 22, 2011, twister killed 161 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of buildings, including Joplin High. Five other Joplin schools were also destroyed, with four more among the damaged buildings.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Mother's Manslaughter Trial to Begin

Tulsa County Court House
KWGS File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jury selection is to begin for the trial of a woman charged in the death of her son after she failed to seek medical care for him.

Susan Grady is charged with second-degree manslaughter for the June 5th, 2009, death of her 9-year-old son Aaron from complications from diabetes.

Jury selection is to begin Tuesday.

Grady told Broken Arrow police that she believed her son would healed through prayer and faith. Grady is a member of the Church of the Firstborn — who critics say teaches reliance on faith rather than medical care to treat illness.

Local & Regional
8:37 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Joplin Rebuilds: One Year After the Tornado

Steps to nowhere, yet someone remembers
KWGS News Photo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The tornado that tore through Joplin a year ago already ranks as the deadliest twister in six decades. Now it carries another distinction — the costliest since at least 1950.

Insurance policies are expected to cover most of the $2.8 billion in damage. But taxpayers could supply about $500 million in the form of federal and state disaster aid, low-interest loans and local bonds backed by higher taxes. That's according to records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with federal, state and local officials.

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Local & Regional
5:26 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Wheat Harvest Underway

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Harvest is now under way of wheat in Oklahoma with officials and farmers optimistic that the 2012 crop will far surpass the drought-ravaged 2011 crop.

Debbie Wedel (WAY'-dul) with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says nearly 155 million bushels are expected to be harvested — up from 70.4 million last year.

The 2011 crop was the smallest since the 1950s.

Wheat farmer David Gammill of Chattanooga said he's getting 30 to 40 bushels per acre after averaging 9 last year.

Local & Regional
12:32 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Checotah Man Dies in Oklahoma Plane Crash

CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 42-year-old Checotah man has been killed when the home-built aircraft he was piloting crashed.

The OHP says Douglas Hyer was dead at the scene about two-and-a-half miles west of Checotah in eastern McIntosh County.

Troopers say a witness reported seeing the plane turn to the right then nose dive into the ground just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

The OHP says Hyer was flying a Titan Tornado II — a one-person aircraft that is built from a kit.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sun May 20, 2012

OKC-based investors buy bankrupt Dippin' Dots ice cream

Dippin Dots

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of investors from Oklahoma City has completed a $12.7 million transaction to buy the Dippin' Dots LLC flash-frozen ice cream company out of bankruptcy.

The deal approved Friday will enable company founder Curt Jones to act as chief executive officer. Dippin' Dots will remain headquartered at Paducah, Ky.

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Local & Regional
8:56 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Oklahoma Lake Patrols Face Staffing Shortage

People playing in the water at Taylor's Ferry on Fort Gibson Lake
KWGS News-File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there's a shortage of troopers trained to patrol the state's lakes and that the marine enforcement division will be spread thin as the summer boating season begins.

Highway Patrol Captain Victor Lee said Friday that every troop in the state needs more officers.

Troopers in marine enforcement carry out routine boat inspections before the boats launch and investigate boat crashes and drownings. They also take part in search and rescue.

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