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7:10 am
Thu June 14, 2012

The Spotlight Is There for Durant, If He Wants It

Crowds gather outside the OKC Chesapeake Arena.
Cameron Felts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant walks around without the burden of pressure that LeBron James and the Miami Heat can never escape.

Durant doesn't seek the spotlight and it seldom comes to Oklahoma looking for him. He rarely makes much news and wouldn't read it anyway, preferring the quiet life the Heat's superstars gave up when they promised championships moments after joining up two summers ago.

Durant may not be able to hide much longer.

Local & Regional
7:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

More Changes at the DHS

Even though they have resigned from the Department of Human Services Commission, Anne Roberts and Steven Dow were asked to stay on a committee that is overseeing the settlement of a class action lawsuit over child welfare.

Both have now resigned from that committee. This after other commissioners complained about them serving. Roberts and Dow both have extensive experience in child welfare issues.

The commission chair stepped down as chair earlier this week.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Shares of OKC-based Chesapeake Slide Amidst Gas Glut

NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corporation's stock fell on Wednesday as an analyst downgraded the country's second-biggest natural gas producer amid declining oil and natural gas prices.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Oklahoma Voters Urged to Confirm Precinct Locations

Tulsa County Election Board on North Denver
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma election officials are urging voters to do their homework before they head to voting precincts for the upcoming primary election.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters should confirm their precinct assignment and polling location before the June 26 primary. Ziriax says many voters were assigned to different polling places following last year's redistricting process for congressional and legislative seats.

He also says voters should know what, if anything, is on the ballot in their precinct prior to election day.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Dies at Prison Hospital

Edward Primeaux
Department of Corrections

LINDSAY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say a death row inmate has died.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said Wednesday that 65-year-old Edward Primeaux of Ponca City died June 1 of natural causes at Lindsay Municipal Hospital.

Primeaux was convicted and sentenced to death for the July 2000 stabbing deaths of 76-year-old Warren Littlecook and 61-year-old Julia Bear in their home in Ponca City.

Massie said Primeaux did not have an execution date set.

Local & Regional
11:17 am
Wed June 13, 2012

OHP: Plane Crash Victims in Critical Condition

HOOKER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two people injured in a plane crash in Texas County are in critical condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a 4-seat, low-wing Mooney had just left the airport in Hooker when it crashed in a field northeast of Guymon about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The highway patrol says the aircraft apparently lost power and crashed about 300 feet east of the runway.

Local & Regional
9:34 am
Wed June 13, 2012

2 Small Earthquakes Recorded in Oklahoma

USGS Map

JONES, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes in Oklahoma.

The survey reports a 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Jones at 1:21 a.m. Wednesday. The epicenter is about 15 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The second quake — measured at magnitude 2.8 — was recorded 15 minutes later near Paden in Okfuskee County.

Both the Oklahoma County and the Okfuskee County sheriff's offices say there are no reports of injury or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

Local & Regional
7:58 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Thunder Takes Game One

Last night's Thunder game against the Heat
Cameron Felts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) __Their first appearance in the NBA Finals started slowly but ended just fine for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Miami 105-94 to take the opener.

Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 11 assists. Durant made six of 10 shots in the fourth quarter to power the Thunder ahead after they had trailed until late in the third quarter.

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Local & Regional
5:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Oklahoma 1st District Candidates Meet in Forum

KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans squaring off for the nomination to represent Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District have met for their first and likely last political forum ahead of the June 26 primary.

Five-term U.S. Rep. John Sullivan's campaign has been met with stout resistance from Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine, who says Sullivan's held the office representing northeastern Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa for too long.

The two spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon convincing an overflow crowd at a south Tulsa hotel of their conservative credentials.

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Local & Regional
4:57 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

DHS Chair Latest to Resign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services is resigning his leadership position but plans to remain on the panel.

Chairman Brad Yarbrough announced his plans to step down after Tuesday's regular meeting of the commission, citing the fact that the duties "required an excessive investment of time."

Yarbrough was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin last year and has helped oversee the agency that provides services for vulnerable children, the elderly and disabled Oklahomans.

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