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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

Victory Christian Center logo
Credit Victory Christian Center

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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8:42 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Ex-Officer Claims Surveillance Violated his Rights

Harold Wells
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

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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2:33 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Officials Identify Man Killed at Muskogee Plant

Officials identify man killed at Muskogee plant

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Officials have identified the man killed while working at a Georgia-Pacific paper plant in Muskogee.

Officials say 33-year-old Clint Woods worked as an electrical contractor who was subcontracted through Industrial Controls of Oklahoma. Woods died Wednesday in an accident at the plant, but officials have not released details of the incident or a cause of death.

Co-workers described Woods as a "terrific guy" who was married with two children. He attended Fort Gibson High School.

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2:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Oklahoma Senate adds Cameras, Upgrades Technology

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — People interested in peeking in on the Oklahoma Senate will have an easier time doing so with a series of planned technological upgrades.

Senate officials announced Thursday they will add high-resolution cameras to the chamber, install a new vote board and archive audio for Senate legislative sessions that can be accessed online.

The floor sessions will be streamed live on the Internet, and the camera angles will change to show the member who is speaking.

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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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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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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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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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