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8:54 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Oklahoma Legislator gets $51K in Workers' Comp Case

Mike Christian
Credit State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma legislator has been awarded $51,300 in workers' compensation for injuries sustained in a 2009 accident while driving to the Capitol.

A lawyer for state Representative Mike Christian says he's received the check to compensate Christian for the effects of a traffic crash in 2009.

The Oklahoman reports that the check was cut in October after an insurance company decided not to pursue further appeals.

The Oklahoma City Republican will get $41,040 after attorney fees are deducted.

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Election
8:51 am
Sun November 4, 2012

GOP Looks to Continue Gains in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In a Sooner state essentially controlled by Democrats for nearly a century, Republicans are hoping to capture all five U.S. House seats on Tuesday and wrap up a devastating decade for the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

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Local & Regional
8:48 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Hogs Top Hurricane

Credit (C) Erik Campos for the University of Tulsa

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dennis Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Cobi Hamilton set the school's single-season receptions record, as Arkansas rallied for a 19-15 win over Tulsa.

The win keeps the slim bowl chances alive for the Razorbacks (4-5) with three games remaining, and it extends their winning streak to 18 games over the Golden Hurricane.

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Local & Regional
9:20 am
Sat November 3, 2012

More Oklahomans Responding to Superstorm Sandy

Boxes of supplies and coolers fill a truck headed to the damaged area.
Credit Feed the Children

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans from three relief agencies are heading to the East Coast to help with recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.

The American Red Cross of Oklahoma says two volunteers left Thursday for New Jersey in an Emergency Response Vehicle to help in response to the storm. A total of 14 Red Cross volunteers from the Sooner State will be on the East Coast to help in the recovery effort.

Oklahoma City-based Feed The Children also sent relief supplies to New Jersey that are expected to arrive Sunday to help children and families.

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Local & Regional
9:16 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Northern Oklahoma Grass Fire That Prompted Evacuation Doused

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — A large grass fire in Blackwell that resulted in the evacuation of several dozen homes has been extinguished.

Firefighters on Friday told residents in about 40 homes to get out for their own safety.

Oklahoma City television station KOCO reports that no homes were damaged and all residents have been allowed to return home.

About 80 acres burned and crews from at least four fire departments were needed to douse the blaze.

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Local & Regional
9:06 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Victims Identified in Tulsa Double Homicide

The sign in front of the Mingo Valley Division on East 11th Street
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two people in a north Tulsa home.

Authorities say the man and woman were discovered shortly after midnight Friday at a home on East Newton Street. Investigators say a relative found the pair dead and called 911.

The Tulsa World reports that police identified the victims as 20-year-old Deyonta Dunn and 19-year-old Phoenicia Dorsey.

Investigators say there were no reports from neighbors about shots being fired, though there were several gunshots touched off inside the home.

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Local & Regional
2:04 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tulsa Inmate Killed at Stringtown

Deshawn Reed
Credit Department of Corrections

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Corrections officials say an inmate at a southeast Oklahoma prison has been stabbed to death by three other inmates.

Mack Alford Correctional Center warden's assistant Trent Griffin says 23-year-old Deshawn Reed was pronounced dead shortly after the attack Thursday. Griffin tells the McAlester News-Capital that three inmates used homemade knives to attack Reed in a cell.

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Local & Regional
1:39 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Changes at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Governor Fallin
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is stepping down.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Friday that executive director Dave Lopez will resign from that post, but will continue to serve as secretary of commerce in Fallin's cabinet.

Fallin announced that the agency's deputy director, Jonna Kirschner, will replace Lopez as executive director, effective Dec. 1.

A retired telecommunications executive, Lopez says limiting his work to the cabinet position will allow him more time to develop and promote economic development policies.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Fri November 2, 2012

DHS Panel Votes to Close Facilities for Disabled

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services has voted to close two state facilities for Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents. The decision drew a bitter reaction from parents and guardians of the more than 200 residents who live at the two centers.

The nine-member commission voted 6-3 Thursday to shut down the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley by April 2014 and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center at Enid by August 2015.

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Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Survey Suggests Economic Slump Looming in Midwest

Dr. Ernie Goss
Credit File Photo

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 46.5 last month from 50.4 in September.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

The overall index figure was 49.7 in August, 48.7 in July and 57.2 in June.

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