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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.
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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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11:34 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Overdose Cited in Death of Narconon Patient

Stacy Dawn Murphy of Owasso
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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The state medical examiner says a 20-year-old woman who died at an Oklahoma rehabilitation center died from an accidental drug overdose.

Stacy Murphy was found dead in July at Narconon Arrowhead near McAlester. Medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott tells the McAlester News-Capital that Murphy died from acute oxymorphone toxicity. Oxymorphone is a narcotic painkiller.

Murphy is one of four patients who've died at Narconon since 2009. Her parents have filed suit against Narconon, alleging that the facility's actions were "grossly negligent."

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11:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Oklahoma's Unemployment Rate Creeps Up to 5.3%

More people in Oklahoma are looking for work.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 percent in October — but the state still has one of the lowest rates in the country.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from September's rate of 5.2 percent.

The agency says that Oklahoma added 1,300 nonfarm jobs in October despite losses in six of the state's 11 industry sectors. Professional and business services added 2,300 jobs while leisure and hospitality added 2,200 jobs.

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10:45 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Hobby Lobby Appeals Morning-After Pill Decision

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain has formally appealed a federal judge's rejection of its request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.

Online records of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicate Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. appealed the ruling on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling on Monday.

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6:58 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Court Rules Tulsa-Area Schools Lack Standing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two Tulsa-area school districts lack standing to sue to block a school voucher program for students with disabilities.

The state's highest court issued the ruling on Tuesday in the case in which public schools in Jenks and Tulsa countersued the parents of children who sought the scholarship vouchers.

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6:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

High Court Rejects Bonds for Tulsa's Zink Dam

Tulsa's Zink Dam
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed $25 million state bond issue for improvements at Tulsa's Zink Lake Dam is an unconstitutional gift to the City of Tulsa.

The state's high court ruled Tuesday that such a gift is specifically prohibited in the Oklahoma Constitution.

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8:04 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Looming Fiscal Cliff Could Pose Problems in Oklahoma

Preston Doerflinger
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials warn that failure of Congress to address the nation's looming fiscal cliff could have dire consequences for state programs in Oklahoma beginning as early as next year.

Oklahoma's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) told a House panel on Monday the state could lose $137 million in direct federal funding as a result of sequestration, commonly called the fiscal cliff, which refers to the automatic, government-wide spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1.

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8:01 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Tulsa Judge Refuses to Drop Sex Abuse Case Charges

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has denied a motion to drop misdemeanor charges against two Tulsa megachurch workers accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, Susan Witt, says the ruling was handed down Monday in the case of John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty. Both claim they are innocent.

Hearings are set for three other workers next month on the same charges.

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7:59 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Judge Denies Hobby Lobby Morning-After Pill Suit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling Monday in U.S. District Court.

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7:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Free Black Friday Admission at Tulsa Zoo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Zoo is offering free admission on the day after Thanksgiving and says it hopes some Black Friday shoppers will open their wallets at the zoo's gift shop.

The zoo said Monday that it would offer Black Friday discounts for people who want to shop while viewing the animals.

Memberships to the zoo will also be discounted by $5 on Friday.


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