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Local & Regional
9:25 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Some Tulsa Blacks Doubt Rampage will Prompt Change

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Residents in a north Tulsa neighborhood are left with more doubts than hopes the crime-ridden area will improve after a shooting spree.

Authorities describe the shootings earlier this month as racially motivated. Three people were killed and two more wounded.

All of the victims were black.

The shootings happened not far from one of the nation's worst race riots more than 90 years ago, where as many as 300 blacks died. Some residents still consider this northeastern Oklahoma city of 391,000 divided.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Federal, State Officials Arrest 30 on Drug Counts

File photo of Oklahoma drug raid

Federal, state officials arrest 30 on drug counts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The FBI has announced the arrest of 30 people in Oklahoma and California as part of a three-year-long investigation into drug trafficking between the two states.

The agency said in a news release Friday that arrests were made Thursday in Oklahoma City, Del City, Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton, California. The FBI says two men — Tyrone Tanner of Tulsa and Darnell Banks of Oklahoma City — are still being sought.

Local & Regional
7:54 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Federal Disaster Assistance Denied for Oklahoma

Tornado damage near Woodward
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin's office says her request for federal assistance to individuals and businesses affected by a tornado that killed six in Woodward has been denied.

A news release on Friday said that Fallin will now ask the U.S. Small Business Administration for a disaster declaration for Woodward County.

The Sunday morning tornado left three girls 10 and younger and three men dead.

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Local & Regional
7:51 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Remains of Oklahoma Soldier Returned to State

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The remains of an Oklahoma soldier who was killed in Afghanistan have been returned to the state.

The body of 25-year-old Specialist James Dutton were flown to Davis Field in Muskogee on Friday and taken to Bradley Funeral Service in Muskogee.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Checotah.

The Department of Defense has said Dutton was killed March 31st in Afghanistan. Details of his death have not been released.

Local & Regional
12:11 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

US Airways makes deals with 3 AMR unions

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

US Airways Group Inc. says it has made deals with the three unions at American Airlines.

The contracts would cover American Airlines workers if there's a merger with US Airways. However, US Airways says no deal on a merger has been made.

American is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its executives have said they want to emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone airline.

US Airways says the deals are with the Transport Workers Union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and the Allied Pilots Association.

Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

House Speaker: 'Personhood' bill won't get hearing

House Speaker Kris Steele
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says the Republican caucus has decided in a closed-door meeting not to hear a so-called "personhood" bill that would have granted fertilized human eggs the rights and privileges of other Oklahoma citizens.

Steele says House Republicans voted Thursday not to hear the bill amid concerns that it could lead to a ban on certain forms of birth control and in-vitro fertilization. He says concerns also were voiced that passage of the bill could result in another potential legal challenge.

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Local & Regional
11:10 am
Thu April 19, 2012

OKC Bombing: Oklahoma remembers

The "Survivor's Tree".
OKC National Memorial

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The daughter of one of the victims in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing says it's important to educate future generations about the attack that killed her mother and 167 others.

Morgan Merrell spoke at Thursday's ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. She was a toddler when her mother, Frankie Ann Merrell, died in the blast on April 19, 1995.

Gov. Mary Fallin also attended Thursday's ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, where 168 seconds of silence were observed at 9:02 a.m.

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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Oklahoma judge issues stay in scholarship law case

District Judge Rebecca Nightingale

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state representative is praising a Tulsa County judge's decision to allow children with certain disabilities to attend private schools on state-funded scholarships.

State Rep. Jason Nelson wrote the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act and on Wednesday said District Judge Rebecca Nightingale's order issuing a stay until an appeal of her ruling is considered is the right thing to do.

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Local & Regional
11:41 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Tulsa man pleads no contest in roommate's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest in the death of his roommate. Michael Cypert entered his no-contest plea Tuesday to second-degree murder. He was initially charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of his roommate, 46-year-old Robert Nichols.

Police say Cypert poured vodka on Nichols, then set him on fire. Nichols died several days later at a Tulsa hospital.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree arson against Cypert.

Local & Regional
9:08 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Tulsa alternative prison plan to honor graduates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An alternative prison program for nonviolent female offenders with alcohol and drug addictions is set to honor its sixth and largest group of graduates.

Women in Recovery is an alternative to incarceration program that operates in Tulsa County. Its latest graduating class will be honored Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and other state officials will attend.

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