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7:46 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Navigation Channel Spill Not a Significant Threat

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma environmental officials say a fuel spill on the Arkansas River near Muskogee does not pose a significant threat.

The Tulsa World reports the source of Saturday's spill has not been located but that officials believe the substance is no longer leaking.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Paul Timmons said the roughly 46-mile-long spill is narrow, with some of it moving into the area of Three Forks Harbor and the rest downstream.

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7:43 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa has Cheapest Gas in Nation According to Lundberg

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CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices will likely keep falling.

Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline is the lowest it's been in more than five years.

She says lower crude oil prices are driving prices down, along with an abundant oil supply and the rising value of the U.S. dollar.

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7:40 am
Mon December 22, 2014

What Is Ahead This Winter?

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Winter has arrived in Oklahoma, but officials say it isn't likely to bring much relief from the ongoing drought.

Sunday marked the first day of winter. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal drought outlook says drought conditions in western Oklahoma are expected to persist or intensify between now and March 31st.

The Oklahoman reports that the outlook predicted drought improvement only in a small area along the Red River in southeastern Oklahoma.

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7:37 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa Public Schools Narrows Superintendent Search

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Just four candidates are left in the search for a new superintendent for Tulsa Public Schools.

The Tulsa School Board has asked four of the first eight candidates it interviewed to be interviewed a second time in the search for the next superintendent.

The Tulsa World reports that the board is searching for a successor for Superintendent Keith Ballard, who has said he will retire on June 30th.

The board conducted private interviews with eight of about 25 applicants. None of the applicants have been identified.

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8:46 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Oklahoma Governor Names New Veterans Services Heads

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has announced a new adjutant general to head the Oklahoma National Guard as well as a new secretary of veterans affairs.

Fallin says Brigadier General Robbie Asher will become adjutant general on February 2nd and will command the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard. He succeeds Major General Myles Deering, who will become the governor's secretary of veterans affairs, replacing Rita Aragon.

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8:39 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Tulsa County Jail Authority puts off City Agreements

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority deferred several community jail agreements and is instead discussing legal issues that could end up being decided by a judge.

The Tulsa World reports that the agreements were pushed back at least a month on Friday following a contentious meeting. Discussion surrounded an agreement specifically for Jenks but involved issues each of the communities, including Tulsa, have raised.

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8:36 am
Sun December 21, 2014

EPA Notified of Large Oklahoma Fuel Spill

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the Environmental Protection Agency has been notified of a large fuel spill in the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel in Muskogee County.

The patrol says the spill in the Three Forks area of the channel and appeared to be on the surface of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center was notified of the spill about 2:10 p.m. Saturday and the EPA was to be alerted for possible cleanup action.

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8:17 am
Sat December 20, 2014

OSU Receives Defense Department Grant for Study

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An $875,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Oklahoma State University's Institute of Technology.

OSU will use the grant to study the supply chain of the Oklahoma defense industry in partnership with the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.

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8:15 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit on Oklahoma Execution Access

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by media organizations that sought greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton dismissed the lawsuit on Friday. He rejected allegations that Oklahoma's execution protocols violate the First Amendment.

The lawsuit was filed in August by Oklahoma Observer and the Guardian US news organizations following the April 29th of inmate Clayton Lockett, who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.

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8:11 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Tulsa Port of Catoosa says Shipping Up in November

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Port of Catoosa says shipping activities last month jumped to the highest total since February as outbound agricultural commodities saw large increases.

The port says shipping for soybeans easily surpassed October's numbers as 50,000 more tons left the port in November than during the previous month.

Outbound fertilizer also showed big gains, with totals for that commodity leaving the port more than doubling October's figure.

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