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11:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Tulsa schools ex-AD waives grand jury proceedings

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa Public Schools athletic director accused of stealing more than $5,000 from the district has waived her right to have her case presented to a federal grand jury.

Stephanie Spring was charged last month with misapplication of federal funds. Prosecutors allege that Spring deposited more than $5,000 belonging to the school into her personal bank account. Prosecutors say the money should have been deposited in the district's general fund.

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11:32 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Corps begins water release at Canton Lake for OKC

Canton Lake
Credit Oklahoma Fishing Guide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from Canton Lake in northwestern Oklahoma to help replenish the drinking water supply in Oklahoma City.

Debbie Ragan, a spokeswoman for the city's utilities department, says the release began Wednesday morning. Ragan says 30,000 acre-feet of water will be released into the North Canadian River and captured in Lake Hefner to replenish the drinking water supply that serves about 1.2 million people. It should take about two weeks for the water to reach Oklahoma City.

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10:07 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Okla. prison escapee recaptured in Muskogee County

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped a prison in Muskogee County.

Authorities say prison officials found 40-year-old Dave O'Malley on Sunday night on a road near the Jess Dunn Correctional Facility in Taft. He had last been seen at the prison at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

O'Malley was convicted of burglary and robbery in Tulsa County. Authorities say he wasn't scheduled for release until 2022.

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10:05 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Man arrested in slaying of Tulsa man

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have arrested a man on a first-degree murder complaint for a stabbing death.

Authorities say 55-year-old Dennis Ray Daney was arrested Friday after 31-year-old Justin Todd was killed.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. Todd was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour after he was stabbed.

The Tulsa World reports (http://is.gd/jCeEMo ) Daney has a number of convictions out of Pittsburg County, including possession of methamphetamine, assaulting a police officer and DWI.

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10:50 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Julie Bays as New AG Public Protection Unit Chief

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Julie Bays has been named the new chief of the attorney general's public protection unit.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt made the announcement Friday. Bays replaces Tom Bates, who was named first assistant attorney general in October.

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10:42 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Museum Fire in Osage County

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PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say they're relieved no artifacts were damaged after a fire broke out at the Osage County Historical Society Museum in Pawhuska.

Authorities say the fire was reported early Wednesday. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, though the blaze caused extensive smoke damage in the building.

Jack Shoemate, the chairman of the museum's board of directors, says he's relieved the building didn't sustain major damage and that the contents of the museum were safe. The museum is located in a converted railway depot built in 1922.

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4:16 am
Sat January 5, 2013

Inhofe becomes ranking GOP member on Senate panel

Senator Inhofe talks with reporters
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is now the ranking Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Inhofe announced Friday that he was unanimously elected to the post by his Republican colleagues on the panel. He takes over the position previously held by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who was limited to six years in the role.

Since Democrats control the U.S. Senate, the panel is chaired by Michigan Democrat Carl Levin. Levin has served in the Senate since 1979.

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4:14 am
Sat January 5, 2013

US Supreme Court to hear Okla. water rights case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of a north Texas water district that filed a lawsuit to gain access to water supplies in southeastern Oklahoma.

The nation's highest court decided Friday to hear the lawsuit filed by the Tarrant Regional Water District. Among other things, the lawsuit sought authorization to transfer Oklahoma stream and surface water to Fort Worth, Arlington and surrounding communities.

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7:57 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Commissioner Says Resolutions Can Save Money

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Insurance Commissioner John Doak says Oklahomans can cut their insurance rates by keeping their New Year's resolutions.

Doak says losing weight can save 5 to 15 percent on new or existing life insurance policies. But not all insurers allow existing policyholders to apply for better rates.

Smoking significantly increases the cost of life insurance as well as disability and long-term care insurance. Most insurers require 12 months of being tobacco-free before they allow nonsmoker rates.

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7:51 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Perjury Indictment Dismissed at AG's Request

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A perjury indictment against a former official with an Arkansas telecommunications company has been dismissed at the request of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office.

Eddie Bryson is the former vice president and general manager of Oklahoma operations for Windstream Corp. He was indicted by Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury in September.

He was accused of lying to the grand jury about basketball tournament tickets that he gave to former Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Jim Sisney.

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