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7:57 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Storm Causes Power Outages, Misses Tulsa

A winter storm packing a messy mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow knocked out power for tens of thousands of customers across Arkansas and is being blamed on at least one road death in Oklahoma.

Forecasters posted blizzard warnings for northeastern Arkansas, expecting up to 10 inches of snow and 40 mph wind gusts in a band from near Little Rock to the Missouri Bootheel. A blizzard warning for southwestern Oklahoma was dropped — but was replaced by a wind-chill advisory that warned of readings of minus-11.

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4:37 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Bulk of Storm Will Miss Tulsa. Hit Area South

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Christmas Day winter storm warning for Oklahoma and Arkansas stretches from far western Oklahoma to northeastern Arkansas and the National Weather Service says up to 10 inches of snow is possible in some areas.

The weather service says 4 to 8 inches is possible in most of the region with the heavier amounts in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas and in northeast Arkansas.

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6:56 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Judge Turns Down Request

Credit Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by Planned Parenthood to temporarily block Oklahoma from terminating a contract with the agency to provide nutritional services to low-income mothers.

In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot denied Planned Parenthood's motion for a preliminary injunction that would have stopped the Oklahoma Health Department from ending its contracts with three Tulsa-area clinics.

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6:53 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Utilities Keeps Watch for Storm Outages

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Utility companies are watching and waiting as a Christmas Day storm is expected in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible from western Oklahoma to the Arkansas state line and up to 10 inches could fall in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas.

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2:43 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Gift Shop Robbed After Event

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Officials are searching for the person who robbed the gift shop at Woolaroc in northeastern Oklahoma.

Woolaroc Chief Executive Officer Bob Frazier tells Bartlesville radio station KRIG that the robbery happened shortly before closing Sunday night at the Woolaroc gift shop.

Officials say a man threatened an employee with a gun and ordered her to the ground. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Frazier says anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Bartlesville Police Department.

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8:55 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Holiday Recycling Program to Begin in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials in eastern Oklahoma are preparing for an annual holiday recycling program.

The "Unboxing Christmas" campaign begins Wednesday and ends Jan. 6.

The campaign is geared at encouraging people to recycle Christmas packaging as well as cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and Styrofoam.

KTUL says part of the proceeds from the campaign will go to the Salvation Army and the Sandy Hook School fund through the United Way in Connecticut.

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8:47 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Suspected Killer May Have Planned More Violence

ADA, Okla. (AP) — An investigator says the suspected killer of an East Central University student may have planned more acts of violence.

Eighteen-year-old Jerrod Murray is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5 shooting death of 18-year-old Generro Sanchez.

Murray remains jailed without bond. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

The Oklahoman reported Monday that an affidavit for a search warrant of Murray's dorm room says Murray told his roommate the night of Sanchez's killing that he had "reached or accomplished objective A."

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6:55 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Mom: Bartlesville Teen Didn't Seriously Plan Violence

Sammie Chavez
Credit Washington County Booking Photo

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The mother of an Oklahoma teen accused of plotting to attack his high school says her son has symptoms of possible mental illnesses, but did not seriously plan violence.

Jessie Chavez told the Tulsa World that 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez sent her a text two days before his December 14th arrest saying he wanted to "shoot up" Bartlesville High School because he thought students were talking about him behind his back.

She says she showed it to therapists but had not decided whether to take further action by the time he was arrested.

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Local & Regional
7:32 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Fallin, GOP Leaders Temper Talk of Deep Tax Cut

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin and Republican legislative leaders say they remain committed to reducing Oklahoma's income tax, but all appear to be supporting a more cautious approach to tinkering with the source of about one-third of the money lawmakers appropriate each year.

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7:29 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Authorities Arrest Suspect in Oklahoma School Threats

Washita County is in southwest Oklahoma

CORDELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Oklahoma man who allegedly threatened to "shoot up" a school in Cordell.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Saturday that Christopher Thomason of Cordell was booked into the Washita County jail on two counts of terrorism hoax and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

A dispatcher at the jail said he didn't believe Thomason had an attorney.

A woman who answered the phone Saturday at a number listed for Thomason declined to comment.

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