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2:46 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Survey: Well-being of Okla. Children Improves

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States shows improvement in Oklahoma.

The state's ranking improved from 40th to 36th among the 50 states in the Kids Count report released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The foundation ranks states based on four areas — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.

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2:40 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Okla. Death Penalty Group Urges Halt to Execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group opposed to the death penalty is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to stop Tuesday's scheduled execution of a Kay County man convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend's mother nearly 12 years ago.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is meeting at the state Capitol Monday and urging Fallin to grant clemency to 39-year-old Brian Darrell Davis. The group also is planning a "pray-in" and demonstration on Tuesday, when Davis is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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2:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rare Snow Leopard Born at Tulsa Zoo

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Zoo says an endangered snow leopard cub has been born.

The zoo said Monday that the cub was born on May 10 and is now 7 weeks old.

The animal had two siblings but neither survived. One died when being born and the other died nine days later from an infection.

Zoo officials say the surviving cub, Nico, is doing well.

Nico is being hand-raised by zoo staff because the mother, Sherab, had birth-related complications and the two had to be separated.

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2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

No Tuition Hike for OSU In-State Undergrads

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The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents has approved a $1.17 billion budget that includes no tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students.

The board met Friday in Tulsa.

Tuition for OSU undergraduates who are not from Oklahoma will rise 2.9 percent — or about $570 per year. In-state graduate student tuition is going up 1.8 percent, about $120 per year, while nonresident graduate students will pay 3 percent more, about $576 per year.

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1:39 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Tulsa Airport Runway Reopens After Reconstruction

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa International Airport's primary commercial runway has reopened following a six-month reconstruction project.

The $20.3 million project is the third phase of a four-phase program to completely reconstruct the nearly 10,000-foot runway. The final phase is to reconstruct the intersection of two runways at the airport and is to begin next year.

Airport officials say the total project is estimated to cost $55 million and is being largely funded by Federal Aviation Administration grants.

Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Citizens to Give Input on Needed Tulsa Fixes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa leaders are asking for citizens to visit any of five public meetings throughout the city and weigh in on what capital improvement projects they want to see funded first.

The meetings begin July 16.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and city councilors will present a draft funding package, which includes capital improvement projects selected from among needs presented by city departments earlier this year.

After public comments are received, the package will be placed on a ballot for voter consideration in November.

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1:23 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Investigators Examine Heater in Kansas Plane Crash

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Investigators have examined a heater as they search for the cause of a plane crash in Kansas that killed four people with ties to Oklahoma's Oral Roberts University.

The heater was found in the wreckage of the eight-passenger plane that crashed May 11, 2012, near Chanute, Kan.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a factual report this week about the crash that killed the plane's pilot and three others.

One woman survived. The Tulsa World reports Friday that she informed investigators that the heater produced a "terrible smell."

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1:19 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

OU Plans to Turn to Flat-Rate Tuition

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma plans to turn to flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees for full-time undergraduate students carrying between 12 and 21 credit hours per semester.

The Norman Transcript reports Friday that, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents and the State Regents for Higher Education, flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees would go into effect in fall 2013.

The rate is to be based on OU's current 15-credit hour rate for tuition and mandatory fees. Under the flat-rate plan, students could enroll in up to 21 hours and pay for only 15.

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3:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Okla. Man Sentenced to 6 Months for Wyoming Threat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to serve six months in federal prison for making a threat to commit violence in Casper, Wyo.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats said the sentence was meted out Wednesday to 34-year-old Glenn Allen Kirkham. Kirkham pleaded guilty in March.

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2:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Okla. Health Dept. Investigating Rabies Exposure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health is investigating whether anyone who handled a rabid puppy that later died was exposed to the disease.

The health agency said Wednesday the Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppy was part of a litter of five or six 10-week-old puppies that were sold on June 9 at the Bivens Dog Trade in Sulphur. The puppies have black, brown and white markings.

Officials say one of the puppies developed symptoms of rabies on June 12 and subsequently died. Laboratory testing by the agency confirmed the presence of rabies.

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