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8:50 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Swearing in of Oklahoma Lawmakers Scheduled

State Capitol
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The swearing in of Oklahoma lawmakers has been scheduled.

State officials say the ceremony will be Wednesday at noon in the state Senate Chamber for all newly-elected and re-elected members.

The swearing-in ceremony comes as state Republicans celebrate huge wins that include the increase of GOP majorities in both the state House and Senate to historic levels.

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8:44 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Crews Contain Natural Gas Leak in South Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas leak that led to the evacuation of a south Tulsa neighborhood has been contained.

No injuries were reported after the gas break happened shortly after 5 a.m. Monday near 89th Street and Memorial Avenue.

Emergency workers went door-to-door to evacuate nearby residents. Authorities say the gas leak was contained and residents were able to return to their homes around 7 a.m. Monday.

Tulsa police say a backhoe working near a storage facility may have caused the rupture.


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8:41 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Constituencies Bend Governor's Ear on Health Care

  • A report on the topic from KWGS' Catherine Roberts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Looming decisions for Governor Mary Fallin on how Oklahoma will respond to the federal health care law are prompting an energetic, behind-the-scenes lobbying effort by hospitals, insurance companies, and other stakeholders.

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8:38 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Three Dead in Creek County Crash

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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Mannford man and two Texans were killed in a head-on collision involving a pickup truck and a car just west of Sapulpa.

Troopers say 36-year-old Carmen Spicer of Mannford, 54-year-old Donald Clift of Amarillo, Texas, and 52-year-old Jana Clift of Amarillo died in the crash about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

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9:21 am
Sun November 11, 2012

US Airmen Scheduled for Return to Tinker AFB

A military jet readies for take-off from the Tinker AFB
Credit US Air Force

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AP) — About 150 airmen with the 552nd Air Control Wing and the 513th Air Control Group are scheduled to return to Tinker Air Force Base.

The airmen are to arrive Sunday night after a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia where they supported military efforts in Afghanistan. Their exact time of arrival was not immediately known.

The Air Force says both units operate the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft and provide all-weather surveillance and communications to U.S. and NATO air defense forces.

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9:17 am
Sun November 11, 2012

2 DHS Workers Charged in Serenity Deal Death

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Two former workers for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services have been charged in relation to the death of a 5-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten to death by her father last year.

The Pottawatomie County District Attorney on Friday charged Randy Lack and Jennifer Shawn with evidence suppression in the investigation. The charge is a misdemeanor.

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9:14 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Oklahoma has Funding to Help Needy Pay Heating Bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says it has received federal funding to help low-income residents pay heating bills this winter.

Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be taken starting December 11th. All applicants must provide identification, income verification and their most recent heating bill.

Applications are made at local DHS offices.

The maximum income for eligibility to receive assistance ranges from $1,024 per month for a one-person household to $3,565 for a family of eight.

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9:11 am
Sun November 11, 2012

AP Exclusive: Mom of Assaulted Teen Speaks Out

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The mother of a teenage girl who was raped at a south Tulsa megachurch has told The Associated Press that she believed she was doing the right thing by sending her daughter to a place where she would learn traditional Bible Belt values.

But now, she alleges that leaders at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center have attempted to manipulate the girl.

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9:09 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Tulsa Offense Runs over Houston in 41-7 Victory

The Golden Hurricane run onto the field at Houston.
Credit University of Tulsa Athletics

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Singleton and Cody Green rushed for two touchdowns each as Tulsa's offense cranked out 505 yards in a 41-7 victory against Houston on Saturday night.

Singleton had a pair of 1-yard scoring runs and Green had TD runs of 3 and 1 yards for the Golden Hurricane (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA). Ja'Terian Douglas had 87 yards on 12 carries for Tulsa, which finished with 350 yards on the ground and had four rushers amass at least 50 yards.

Green was 17 of 31 passing for 130 yards with an interception.

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Local & Regional
8:42 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Ex-Officer Claims Surveillance Violated his Rights

Harold Wells
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer serving a 10-year prison sentence for his role in a corruption scandal says a videotaped FBI sting that showed him stealing money during what he thought was a motel drug bust violated his constitutional rights. Ex-Corporal Harold Wells, a 35-year-police veteran, made the claim in a brief filed Thursday with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wells was among 11 officers to be charged or named as unindicted co-conspirators in the scandal, which was among the worst to ever hit the department.

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