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8:38 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Man Dies When Car Swerves to Avoid Deer

Credit File photo

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Stillwater man was killed when the car he was riding in crashed after the driver swerved to avoid a deer in the road.

The OHP report says 77-year-old Weldon Drew died in the Thanksgiving Day crash on a Payne County road about seven miles west of Stillwater.

Troopers say Drew was a passenger in the car that was eastbound on Oklahoma 51 when the driver swerved to avoid the deer and lost control of the vehicle. The report says the car went off the roadway and into a ditch where it rolled twice.

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8:36 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Tulsa Shooting Arraignment Likely to be Postponed

Suspects Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Credit Tulsa County Booking

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say that next week's arraignment for two men charged in a Tulsa shooting spree that left three people dead and two wounded will likely be postponed.

Jacob England and Alvin Watts are scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the April 6th shootings.

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8:33 am
Sat November 24, 2012

4 Arrested in Pittsburg County Drug Sting

SAVANNA, Okla. (AP) — Talk about a wrong number.

Savanna Police Chief David Spears started getting odd text messages shortly after he bought a new cell phone for the police department. An affidavit says the police chief contacted a drug task force after he received a text message Nov. 15 asking if he knew anyone "who wanted some tabs."

Authorities believe the phone number had previously been assigned to someone illegally selling prescription drugs.

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8:26 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Numbers Increase for Oklahoma Liquor Stores

A liquor store in mid-town Tulsa
Credit Collins Liquor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of liquor stores in Oklahoma continues to rise despite recent efforts to change state law and allow grocery stores to sell wine.

According to the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, there are now 666 liquor stores operating in Oklahoma. That's the highest total since the 1980s.

The Oklahoman reports that liquor stores and wineries have been increasing in numbers for much of the past decade.

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8:01 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Security Breach Compromises Oklahoma Customer Info

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak says a security breach at an Ohio-based insurer has compromised the personal information of 534 Oklahomans.

Doak says the computer network used by Nationwide Insurance Company of Columbus, Ohio, and Allied Insurance was attacked on October 3rd. He says the FBI is investigating.

An initial analysis indicates the compromised information includes names and some combination of customers' Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, birth dates and possibly their marital statuses, genders and occupations.

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7:09 am
Fri November 23, 2012

A Crackdown on People Driving without Insurance

Credit KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak has been riding along with a state trooper to see how car insurance and the lack thereof affects drivers throughout the state.

The Tulsa World reports Doak spent Thanskgiving morning riding around with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. Insurance Commission staffers were also stationed with troopers who were conducting insurance checks in Creek County on Thursday.

Doak says many of the people that are being stopped would rather pay a fine than pay for insurance.

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6:57 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Black Friday Shopping in Green Country

Long lines at the Electronic Center at Owasso's Wal-Mart last night.
Credit Renae Powers-KWGS News

Finding the best Black Friday deals started Thursday evening for many shoppers as some major stores opened earlier than ever to get a jump on the holiday shopping season.

It is unclear how many shoppers were drawn to the earlier openings versus the traditional Black Friday.

But a survey this month found about 17 percent planned to shop at stores that opened on Thanksgiving.

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6:58 am
Thu November 22, 2012

OSBI Renews Reward in 2011 Thanksgiving Shooting

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is renewing its offer of a $5,000 reward in the case of a Wagoner man who was shot and left for dead at a gun range on Thanksgiving last year.

Authorities say 74-year-old Kenneth Payne was shot and wounded at the Fort Gibson Wildlife Management Area shooting range on Nov. 24, 2011. Authorities say Payne was shot multiple times but was able to use his cell phone to call for help.

OSBI says at least four guns were stolen from Payne in the attack.

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6:54 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Oklahoma Rig Count Declines by One this Week

A drilling rig in Oklahoma at sunrise
Credit File Photo-OU

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose this week by eight, to 1,817.

Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Wednesday that 1,388 rigs were exploring for oil and 428 were searching for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Houston-based Baker Hughes' rig count is normally released on Fridays, but was released Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The rig count in Oklahoma declined by one this week, while Texas added two.

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6:43 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Panhandles Expect Interest After 'Dust Bowl' Program

A dust storm rolls into the Oklahoma panhandle town of Hooker, on June 4, 1937.
Credit PBS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma and Texas panhandles expect an uptick in tourism following a two-part television series on the Dust Bowl, what many call the nation's worst manmade disaster.

PBS' series on "The Dust Bowl" concluded Monday night. The film by Ken Burns featured interviews with a number of Panhandle residents who lived through a decade's worth of drought and wind storms.

The executive director of the Guymon Chamber of Commerce, Jada Breeden, expects interest in the area to pick up due to the series.

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