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6:49 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Oklahoma DHS Settles Lawsuit for $9,500

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will pay $9,500 to settle a lawsuit filed after a temporary worker picked up the wrong girl from an elementary school in 2006.

The worker was to pick up a girl from a Harrah elementary school for a supervised visit with that girl's family — but instead picked up another girl with similar first name.

Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis approved the settlement Thursday.

Local & Regional
6:46 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Oklahoma Teen Feared Sold into Human Trafficking

JaRay Wilson
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a missing 16-year-old girl from Weatherford is feared to have been sold into a human trafficking ring.

The OHP says Jaray Mickell Wilson has been missing since October 15th and that information indicates she's being held against her will or has been sold into human trafficking in Oklahoma City. Troopers did not say what information investigators have developed.

The OHP also says investigators are seeking a 37-year-old man as "person of interest" in Wilson's disappearance. That man is identified as Gilberto Paz.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Lincoln County Slaying Victim is Mexican National

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — The State Bureau of Investigation says a man found dead near Wellston, Oklahoma has been identified as a Mexican national.

The OSBI said Saturday that the body has been identified as 35-year-old Gustavo Barragan Valencia. A cause of death for Valencia has not been released — but investigators have said homicide is suspected.

Valencia's body was found Wednesday along a rural road near the Lincoln County town about 35 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Local & Regional
6:42 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Oklahoma Red Cross Volunteers Head Toward Hurricane

Tulsa Red Cross Headquarters on Highway 169 at 11th Street
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three American Red Cross volunteers in Oklahoma are en route to the East Coast where they'll help in preparations for and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Steve Klapp of Cleveland County, Brittney Hucks of Oklahoma City and Donna Julian of Guymon left Oklahoma City on Saturday morning. Klapp and Julian are each heading to New Jersey while Hucks will travel to New York.

Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy could rival the worst East Coast storm on record.

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Election
7:24 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Candidates Downplay Party in 2nd District Race

Markwayne Mullin (R) and Rob Wallace (D)
Credit Campaign photos

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for an open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma is the top political prize in next week's general election for both parties, but the top candidates in the race are downplaying party affiliation.

Republican Markwayne Mullin stresses business experience as he tries to appeal to Democrats while Democrat Rob Wallace tries to distance himself from President Obama — who failed to win a single one of the district's 26 counties in 2008.

The two will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with independent Michael Fulks of Heavener.

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Local & Regional
7:36 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Oklahoma Supreme Court Sets Arguments in Bonds Case

Zink Lake in Tulsa
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has set oral arguments in a state senator's constitutional challenge to $25 million in state bonds to repair a dam owned by the city of Tulsa.

Senator Patrick Anderson of Enid filed a lawsuit in August to stop issuance of the bonds. Anderson claims they are an unconstitutional gift that will create debt for the state.

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Local & Regional
7:32 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Ex-Skiatook Superintendent, Businessman Plead Out

Ex-Skiatook Superintendent Gary Johnson
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Skiatook schools superintendent and an Oklahoma City businessman each have pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count over allegations that the school district was corruptly buying overpriced supplies.

Former superintendent Gary L. Johnson and businessman Rickey L. Enos entered their guilty pleas on Friday in Tulsa.

During the summer in state court, Johnson received a suspended 15-year sentence and was ordered to pay $657,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to taking $10,000 in cash bribes.

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Local & Regional
7:29 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Heritage Festival at Rogers State University

The Taylor Library on the RSU Campus at Claremore
Credit RSU

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers State University is to host a Native American Heritage Festival that will feature storytelling, arts and crafts and a powwow singing workshop.

The Nov. 3 festival will be at the school's campus in Claremore and is free and open to the public.

Among the many events will be a traditional stomp dance of Southeastern American Indian tribes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The festival opens at 10 a.m.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Rogers State University Native American Student Association and the Department of Fine Arts.

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Local & Regional
1:48 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Deployment Ceremony Set for Oklahoma Guard Soldier

McAlester is in Pittsburg County

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A deployment ceremony is scheduled in McAlester for a group of more than 100 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who are heading to Afghanistan.

The ceremony for the 1245th Transportation Company is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the McAlester Armed Forces Reserve Center, located near the ammunition plant.

Based in McAlester, the 1245th is a medium-truck company whose members are specifically trained in loading pallets.

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Local & Regional
8:57 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Ed Board Approves $289 Million Budget Request Hike

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a $2.3 billion budget request from Oklahoma lawmakers that includes additional funding for teacher pay raises.

The board on Thursday approved the budget request for lawmakers to consider as they craft a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The request represents a $289 million increase over the funding levels for the current fiscal year.

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