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7:03 am
Tue April 24, 2012

American Airlines argues in Bankruptcy Court to throw out Labor Contracts with Unions

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NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines is arguing "a restructured job is better than no job at all," as it seeks approval of a federal bankruptcy judge for its restructuring plan.

After losing more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy last November, the airline says that its union contracts must be changed to make the company financially stable. It wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs or about one in every four union workers. It's also looking to freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose many other cuts.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Oklahoma Highway Officials urge Work Zone Caution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert and cautious in road and bridge construction zones.

State highway officials are observing Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding motorists that the men and women who work on the state's highways are mere feet away from high-speed traffic with often only a cone or barrel that mark construction zones separating them.

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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Man Arrested after Standoff with Tulsa Police

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man is in jail after a four-hour standoff near the University of Tulsa campus.

Police say the man allegedly threatened two people with a machete then barricaded himself inside an apartment near campus. The  incident began Sunday night at about 11 p.m.

Police accuse the man of trying to attack his brother and a woman with the machete. The two were able to escape the home unharmed.

Police say the standoff ended at about 3 a.m. Monday, when officers fired pepper balls into the apartment to force the man out. No one was injured.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Hearing Delayed for Okmulgee Man

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OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A judge has delayed a hearing for an Okmulgee man facing separate murder charges for the death of his girlfriend and the deaths of two young Weleetka girls.

Kevin Sweat was due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing in the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor. Sweat is also charged in the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Broken Arrow City Manager Fired over Casino Flap

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The Broken Arrow City Council has voted to fire the city manager, who was criticized by a neighborhood group for how the city handled a proposal to build an American Indian casino in the Tulsa suburb.

Officials say David Wooden will receive six months of severance pay, or about $71,750 plus benefits.

Wooden wasn't present when council members terminated his employment late Friday, but in a statement he said he has enjoyed his career.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Oklahoma Fire Investigators look into Fatal Blaze

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Fire marshals are investigating what caused a house fire that killed a man.

Firefighters responding to calls about 11 p.m. Thursday found the man in the hallway of the residence. Officials were waiting for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office to release the man's name.

A police spokesman didn't immediately return a call on Saturday.

Family members say the man who lived there was disabled and wheelchair-bound. One of two sons who lived with the man had been gone less than an hour when the fire erupted.

Local & Regional
9:28 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Small Earthquake Reported near Oklahoma Town

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been recorded in central Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.9-magnitude quake occurred about 7:45 a.m. Saturday 8 miles south of Wellston in Lincoln County. The sheriff's office received no reports of injury or damage with the temblor.

A 2.6-magnitude quake was reported April 10th near Wellston.

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

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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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