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1:08 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

State Rests in Casino Case

Sign marking casino location
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The state has rested its case in the federal lawsuit over a casino that a small American Indian tribe wants to build in Broken Arrow.

Attorneys representing the state called a handful of witnesses Thursday who all opposed plans by the Kialegee Tribal Town to build the Red Clay Casino.

Attorneys for the tribe will begin presenting their case later Thursday.

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1:04 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Census: Hispanics Remain Largest Oklahoma Minority

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. Census Bureau report shows Hispanics remain the largest minority group in Oklahoma with the Native American population making gains.

The 2011 Census estimates show that Hispanics make up 9.1 percent of Oklahoma's estimated 3.79 million residents and that the Native American Alaskan Native group makes up 8.9 percent. Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are counted as one group by the bureau.

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7:03 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Ex-Muskogee Jailer Pleads Guilty to Inmate Assault

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A former Muskogee County jail detention officer has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from an assault on an inmate at the facility in October.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Jerrod Lane entered the plea to use of excessive force, violating the civil rights of an inmate, falsifying records and making false statements to the FBI.

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7:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Governor signs Oklahoma Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Certain Oklahoma welfare recipients could be subjected to drug tests under a bill signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.

The bill was one of a dozen measures Fallin signed late Wednesday.

The measure authorizes the Department of Human Services to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is using drugs. The proposed law applies to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, which serves more than 20,000 Oklahomans each month.

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11:33 am
Wed May 16, 2012

State Senate Tax Plan: What Stays? What Goes?

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Senate leaders are unveiling a revenue-neutral plan to slash the income tax by one-half of 1 percent over the next two years and pay for the cuts by eliminating and modifying numerous tax breaks and exemptions.

Flanked by the entire GOP caucus, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman described the plan on Tuesday as "very responsible."

Bingman's key negotiator on tax changes, Senator Mike Mazzei, criticized a separate proposal by the House as one that would leave a "gaping hole" in next year's budget.

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7:44 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Broken Arrow Tribal Casino Fight Moves to Federal Court

The federal court house in downtown Tulsa
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A months-long feud over whether a small American Indian tribe can legally build a casino in a Tulsa suburb moves to federal court.

Oklahoma's attorney general has sued the Kialegee Tribal Town, and District Judge Gregory Frizzell will consider the state's request Wednesday for an injunction to halt building at the site in Broken Arrow.

The state says the tribe lacks authority under federal law to operate a gaming facility.

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7:04 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Governor Signs Bill for Open Carry of Guns in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill allowing residents with a permit to openly carry their firearms in most public places.

Fallin signed the bill Tuesday, despite concerns from opponents and some law enforcement officials who say the legislation could cause problems for police.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Tue May 15, 2012

American Mechanics Reject Offer-Mayor and Chamber Reaction

The American Airlines entrance on North Mingo Road
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An estimated 2,100 jobs could be lost at the American Airlines maintenance hub in Tulsa after mechanics rejected the company's final labor contract offer.

The Transport Workers Union said Tuesday that five of its work groups approved the company's offer. But its largest group, the mechanics, rejected the offer with 56 percent voting against. The union's store clerks group also voted "no."

American filed for bankruptcy protection in November and announced a plan in February to eliminate 13,000 union jobs as part of a cost-cutting move.

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8:05 am
Tue May 15, 2012

State Lawmakers Propose Overhaul of Oklahoma DHS

House Speaker Kris Steele
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are proposing a major overhaul of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that includes abolishing the agency's current governing board and replacing it with four separate advisory panels, each charged with overseeing a different agency division.

House Speaker Kris Steele unveiled the proposals on Monday with members of a House working group that has been studying the agency since the state settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit over how Oklahoma cares for vulnerable children.

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7:56 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Search Resumes in Tulsa for Missing Florida Girl

The search site near 61st and Mingo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Forensic crews have resumed their search for a missing 14-year-old Florida girl who may be buried at or near a strip mall in Tulsa.

Police said the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey and crime scene investigators returned Monday morning to the spot near 61st Street and Mingo Road where they believe Ashani Creighton may be buried.

Florida authorities notified police in March that they had received tips that Ashani's body was at the mall. Her mother last saw her in Orlando on March 21, 1997.

No arrests have been made.

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