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6:51 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Arrests Made in Human Trafficking in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say 40 people have been arrested in Oklahoma and Texas as part of a nationwide investigation into human trafficking that led to 637 arrests nationwide.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok in Dallas said Thursday that 25 were arrested in Dallas, 12 in Oklahoma City and 3 in the North Texas suburb of Carrollton, as part of an investigation that began in February.

The ICE office in Dallas covers all of Oklahoma and 128 counties in northern Texa

Local & Regional
9:19 am
Thu April 26, 2012

A Glimmer of Hope for Tulsa Distribution Center and its Jobs

Postal Center on East 21st Street in Tulsa
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed overhaul legislation that would allow the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service to avert immediate bankruptcy, giving it a cash infusion while delaying decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.

The bill passed on a 62-37 vote.

Under the measure, the postal service would get an $11 billion refund of over payments made to a federal fund to pay down debt and finance buyouts to 100,000 postal employees.

Local & Regional
7:50 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tulsa Man Faces more Counts in Courthouse Shooting

Shooting supect on the Court House Plaza
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy and a bystander outside a Tulsa courthouse.

Court records indicate the Wagoner County District Attorney's office filed attempted escape from arrest or detention and assault and battery on a police officer counts against Andrew Dennehy. Wagoner County is handling the case because Tulsa prosecutors recused themselves.

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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Senate Allows Continued Existence of OETA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sesame Street and other educational programs will continue to air on Oklahoma's television network, despite concerns from some conservative Republicans who think the state should cut off funding.

The GOP-led state Senate voted 38-7 Wednesday for a measure that allows the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, or OETA, to continue existing as a state agency until 2014. The bill now returns heads to the House.

There is growing opposition to the network, which provides free educational programming to residents across the state.

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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Joplin Invites Techies to Help Create New Website

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin is looking for some high-tech gurus willing to work around the clock this weekend to help design a new, tornado-ready city website.

What's been labeled the Joplin "hackathon" begins Friday afternoon at City Hall and continues through Sunday afternoon. The competition is sponsored by the city of Joplin and CivicPlus, a website development company based in Manhattan, Kan.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Oklahoma To See Cooler Temps after Triple-Digit Heat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cooler temperatures are predicted Thursday for Oklahoma after areas in the southwestern part of the state crossed the triple-digit mark on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Norman says thunderstorms may develop near Interstates 40 and 44 on Thursday afternoon, mainly east of El Reno. Storms are possible throughout the state on Thursday and early Friday.

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Local & Regional
1:03 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Senate OKs Fallin's Income Tax Cut Plan

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to slash and phase out the state's income tax has passed the Senate, even though there is still no agreement on how much of a cut may be possible this year.

The Senate voted 30-16 on Wednesday for Fallin's bill that would cut the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent and then further reduce the rate by one-quarter of 1 percent each year that state revenue grows by 5 percent or more. Fallin's plan also gets rid of numerous personal and corporate tax exemptions to help offset the lost revenue.

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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Governor signs Bill Easing Toll Penalties

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cost for evading tolls on Oklahoma roads is going down.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Tuesday that reduces the fine for second and subsequent toll violations to a flat $25 fee. Under current law, the penalty is $25 for the first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third violation.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Audit of Oklahoma Superfund Site Trust Under Way

An abandon house at Picher in the Tar Creek area
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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an investigative audit of a Tar Creek trust authority is under way.

Jones told The Oklahoman the state Attorney General requested a probe of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust to see if there are possible infractions involving a contract awarded for cleanup work.

Jones says the audit is nearing completion and should be presented to the attorney general within a month.

Trust officials declined to comment about the audit's specifics.

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Local & Regional
5:27 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

AAA: Average Price of Gasoline Falls in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen 8 cents in the state during the past week.

AAA said Tuesday that the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.59 — down from $3.67 a week ago. The average is 9.5 cents lower than a month ago and is down 11 cents per gallon from a year ago.

The average price in Tulsa is just below $3.47 per gallon while drivers in Oklahoma City are paying an average of $3.55.

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