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11:03 am
Thu December 13, 2012

New House Speaker Adds States' Rights Panel

TW Shannon
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Incoming Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon has announced the leaders of various committees for the upcoming legislative session, including the creation of a new States' Rights Committee.

The Lawton Republican announced committee chairs on Thursday and a few changes to the standing committees.

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7:48 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Lawyer for Reputed Mobster Suspected in Tulsa Killing Wants Out

Whitey Bulger
Credit FBI

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger have asked a federal appeals court to order the judge scheduled to preside over his trial to step aside because of his close ties to the U.S. Justice Department.

The Boston Globe  reports that in a motion filed Tuesday, Bulger's lawyer said that if the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals fails to grant his request, Bulger's trial "will go forward under a dark cloud."

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7:03 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Congressman-elect Announces House Committees

Congressman-elect Jim Bridenstine
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Congressman-elect Jim Bridenstine says he's been selected to serve on the Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bridenstine, a Navy pilot and former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, says both committees are good fits with his background.

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8:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Wichita Union Approves Spirit AeroSystems Contract

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Members of an engineering union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have overwhelmingly approved a six-year contract.

Union officials say 92 percent of the 252 members who voted Tuesday supported the contract.

The Wichita Eagle reports the union represents 811 engineers at Spirit, and 451 members were eligible to vote.

The contract included a minimum salary guarantee fund of 3 percent in the second and fourth year of the contract. It also includes premium-free dental coverage and improvements in job security related to outsourcing.

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10:39 am
Mon December 10, 2012

No Snow Here, But Slick Streets Takes a Life in Southern Oklahoma

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — A light mixture of snow and ice on Interstate 35 in the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma is blamed for at least one traffic fatality and up to 40 separate crashes.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says one person was killed in an accident in Love County Monday morning but she had no further details. Randolph says the accidents include one with no injuries involving a fire truck that was assisting with another accident.

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7:06 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Prison officials ask for additional $6.4 million

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials are asking for $6.4 million in additional funding as the state's prisons near capacity.

Officials say the supplemental funding request is needed to pay for expenses that include the increased use of private prisons and halfway houses.

The state Department of Corrections reports that in October there were almost 800 more inmates than in October 2011. DOC Director Justin Jones told the Tulsa World that state prisons are consistently at 96 to 98 percent capacity — meaning any increase pushes the system to being nearly full.

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7:04 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Arraignment Delayed for Ex-Tulsa Church Employee

Israel Castillo
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Arraignment re-scheduled for a former employee of a Tulsa mega-church on sex crime charges. The new date is January 22nd.

Former Victory Christian Center janitor Israel Castillo is charged with making lewd or indecent proposal to a child.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The 23-year-old Castillo allegedly sent explicit Facebook messages to a 14-year-old girl he had known for at least two years.

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9:01 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Weather Turns Cold... But NO Snow

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says much colder temperatures are expected to being moving into Oklahoma during the weekend.

Forecasters say Sunday is to be cloudy and windy with a cold front dropping high temperatures into the mid 30s to mid 40s in much of the state. And although highs in southeastern Oklahoma are expected to reach the 70s on Sunday — temperatures are to start falling during the day and Sunday night lows are expected mostly in the teens and 20s statewide.

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8:51 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Small Earthquake In Central Oklahoma

Star marks quake location
Credit USGS

CROMWELL, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a small earthquake has been recorded in central Oklahoma.

The agency reports a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:05 a.m. Saturday in the Seminole County town that's about 60 miles east of Oklahoma City and about 60 miles southwest of Tulsa.

The Seminole County sheriff's office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans.

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8:47 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Tulsa Police Arrest Teen Wanted in Joplin Slaying

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old wanted in connection to a Missouri home-invasion slaying has been arrested in Oklahoma.

KOTV reports that Tulsa police took Marcus Dwayne Stephens into custody Saturday evening. The Tulsa teen is accused of taking part in a July burglary that left 23-year-old Jacob Wages dead in a Joplin, Mo., residence.

Jail officials told The Associated Press that Stephens is being held on charges of fugitive from justice, first-degree burglary and juvenile curfew. It's not clear the specific charges he faces in Missouri. No attorney is listed for him.

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