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3:30 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Tulsa Edges UCF 23-21 in Battle of C-USA Leaders

TU celebrates its victory over UCF
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Cody Green connected with Keyarris Garrett for three touchdown passes Saturday and Tulsa held on to beat UCF 23-21 in a battle of Conference USA division leaders.

The win sealed the West Division title for Tulsa (9-2, 7-0) and gives the Golden Hurricane the upper hand for home-field advantage for the championship game Dec. 1.

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8:52 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Rigs Exploring for Oil and Gas in US Up this Week

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose this week by three, to 1,809.

Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Friday that 1,390 rigs were exploring for oil and 417 were searching for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous.

West Texas Intermediate crude priced at Oklahoma's Cushing pipeline hub closed the week up over one percent to $86.92 a barrel.


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8:49 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Pilots at American Airlines Hold 2nd Contract Vote

An American Airlines jet at a Tulsa gate
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DALLAS (AP) — Pilots at North Texas-based American Airlines will vote again on whether to approve a contract offer from the company, which has been operating under bankruptcy protection for nearly a year.

The Allied Pilots Association said Friday its board voted 12-4 to accept a tentative agreement with American.

The 7,500 pilots rejected a previous company offer in August, and American responded by getting bankruptcy court approval to impose pay and benefit cuts.

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8:46 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Man in Obama Mask Robs Tulsa Fast-Food Restaurant

McDonalds at 18th and South Garnett
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man wearing a mask resembling President Barack Obama robbed a McDonald's restaurant at the drive-up window.

The robbery at the business on South Garnett Road was reported at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Tulsa World reports that the robber was in a vehicle and pointed a gun at an employee, who turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.

Two other men were inside the 1998 maroon Ford Taurus with Oklahoma license tag 731-GJA. Police say the car had been reported stolen.

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8:44 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Fallin Delays Decision on Insurance Exchange

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin is delaying a decision on whether the state will set up its own health insurance exchange or allow a federal model to be established in Oklahoma.

Fallin's office announced Friday the Republican governor decided to delay her decision after the federal government extended the deadline for states to provide notice if they plan to set up an exchange, which is an online health insurance marketplace where people can shop for coverage.

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12:35 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lawsuits Possible over 10 Commandments Monument

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some state and national civil rights groups say legal action is possible over a monument of the Ten Commandments that was installed Thursday on the Oklahoma state Capitol grounds.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says her Wisconsin-based group would be interested in bringing a lawsuit. Ryan Kiesel, the director of Oklahoma's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, says case law would be on his group's side if it decided to sue.

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11:57 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Panel Rejects Condemned Man's Clemency Plea

State Prison at McAlester
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's parole board has rejected a clemency request from a man set to die Dec. 4 for a 1993 double-killing in Oklahoma City.

Lawyers for 37-year-old George Ochoa told the board he suffers declining mental health and hallucinations and shouldn't be executed. The board voted 4-1 to deny his request for mercy.

Francisco Morales and Maria Yanez died in May 1993. Ochoa wanted his sentence cut to life in prison.

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11:54 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Ex-Manager at Tinker Air Base Accused of Bribery

Tinker Air Force Base
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former manager at Tinker Air Force Base has been arrested on federal bribery and conspiracy charges.

James Lee Loman of McLoud was arrested Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and accepting bribes as a federal official.

The Oklahoman reports that Loman is accused of accepting large cash payments from government contractors in return for favorable treatment.

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11:47 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Oklahoma House Speaker to Take Job at OKC Nonprofit

Kris Steele
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele is taking a job as director of an Oklahoma City nonprofit that helps provide education, job training and placement to low-income Oklahomans.

The Education and Employment Ministry announced Thursday that Steele would become the organization's executive director on Nov. 26.

Steele is a Republican from Shawnee who has served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2000 and the last two years as speaker. He was prevented from seeking another term in office because of term limits.

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8:50 am
Fri November 16, 2012

160 Workers in Tulsa Hit by Hostess Liquidation

One of the strikers in front of the Tulsa bakery, this morning, at 11th and Sheridan
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Wonder Bread bakery in Tulsa is among the facilities affected by Hostess Brands Inc.'s announcement Friday that it's going out of business.

Hostess announced Friday its plans to lay off its 18,500 workers and sell its snack cake and bread brands.

The Irving, Texas, company said a nationwide strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products, which also include Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Home Pride bread.

The Tulsa bakery employs about 160 workers.

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