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7:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

High Court told Dam Project Funding Illegal

Tulsa's low water dam at Zink Lake
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court is weighing arguments on whether a $25 million state bond issue to fund improvements at the Zink Lake Dam in Tulsa would be unconstitutional.

A former chairman of the state bond oversight council told the high court Thursday that the funding should be blocked because the money would be a constitutionally prohibited gift to Tulsa from the state.

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Local & Regional
6:29 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Possible Drowning at Oologah Lake

An Oologah Lake fishing area.
Credit Oklahoma Fishing Guide

OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say one man is missing after a fishing boat capsized on Oologah Lake.

The Rogers County Sheriff's Office says three men were fishing Thursday when their boat capsized on the lake. Two of the men were rescued and the third remains missing.

Sheriff's Deputy Adam Hall says the missing man is 36 years old and a cousin of one of the rescued men.

Officials say the boat capsized about two miles north of Oologah Dam on the west side of the lake.

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Local & Regional
11:38 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Oklahoma House GOP Caucus to Elect New Leaders

The Oklahoma Capitol
Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new, 72-member-strong Oklahoma House Republican caucus is meeting to elect its new leaders.

The caucus will meet for a closed-door meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday with all of the members-elect who were either elected to office or were unopposed this election cycle.

House Speaker-designate T.W. Shannon is expected to officially become the House Speaker-elect, although there won't be a vote since he wasn't opposed. Shannon is replacing term-limited House Speaker Kris Steele of Shawnee.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Arguments Set in Challenge of Zink Dam Bond Issue

The low water dam near 31st and Riverside
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oral arguments are set in a state senator's constitutional challenge to a planned $25 million state bond issue to repair a dam owned by the City of Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in state Sen. Patrick Anderson's lawsuit seeking to stop the issuance of the bonds. Anderson claims they are an unconstitutional gift that will create debt for the state.

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Woman Killed after Walking onto Broken Arrow Road

Broken Arrow Police and Fire responded to the crash
Credit KWGS News File Photo

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Broken Arrow police say a woman is dead after she was struck by a van after walking into the street.

Police say the collision happened at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on East Kenosha Street. Authorities say the woman walked onto the road and into the path of a van that was traveling east.

Authorities say the van's driver was not injured.

Broken Arrow police say the pedestrian was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The woman's name has not been released, pending notification of her family.


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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Texas Man Killed when Plane Crashes in Oklahoma

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a west Texas man was killed when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed near the airport in Anadarko.

Troopers told KOCO  that 62-year-old Robert Glasscock of Lubbock, Texas, died in the crash Tuesday afternoon about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford that the plane was a Piper PA-28 and was flying from Crosbyton Municipal Airport in Texas to Anadarko. Crosbyton is about 60 miles east of Lubbock.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Highway Patrol Troop to Get New Headquarters

OHP LT. George Brown
Credit KWGS News File Photo

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop C is set to take possession of a building that will become its new headquarters.

Lt. George Brown says the troop will officially take over the building at a "change of building" ceremony in Muskogee on Wednesday.

The building is a former Army Reserve Center that will be renovated for the OHP.


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Election
5:10 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

NEW: Exit Poll Shows Economy Still the Top Concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy.

The survey of voters as they leave polling places Tuesday shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.

About 4 in 10 say they think the nation's economy is on the mend, but more say that things are getting worse or are bad and stagnating.

Local & Regional
10:37 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Group again asks for monument at Okla. courthouse

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A veterans group is again asking LeFlore County commissioners to place a Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn.

The plan was approved in 2009 — but was put on hold when a lawsuit challenged a similar monument on the courthouse lawn in neighboring Haskell County.

The Times Record reports that Disabled American Veterans commander Charlie Horsley made the request Monday to commissioners Lance Smith and Ceb Scott. Smith said he wants to discuss potential legal issues with the District Attorney's office.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Oklahoma CNG Rebates to Decrease Due to Demand

CNG pump in Owasso
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An overwhelming response is prompting Oklahoma Natural Gas to reduce the dollar amount of rebates offered to people who buy compressed natural gas fueling systems or vehicles.

Oklahoma Natural Gas says it's reducing the amount of the rebates beginning Nov. 26 because of "exceptionally strong demand" in the program.

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