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8:32 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Ex-Oklahoma Senator Convicted of Bribery wants Probation

Former Senate President Pro-Tem Mike Morgan in a file photo
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The former leader of the Oklahoma Senate wants a federal judge to sentence him to probation on a bribery conviction.

Former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan made the request Friday in a pre-sentence memorandum filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

Morgan was convicted of bribery by a 12-member jury in March. Federal prosecutors alleged payments — disguised as legal fees — were made to Morgan by a business that owned assisted-living centers in exchange for favorable treatment in the Legislature.

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Local & Regional
8:30 am
Sat October 20, 2012

TransCanada reaffirms Keystone pipeline restart, Will Run Through Cushing

The "Welcome to Cushing" sign is made out of pipeline.
OETA

UNDATED (AP) —TransCanada is reaffirming its plan to restart the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Midwest on Saturday, although rainy weather is hampering the company's efforts.

TransCanada shut down the 2,100-mile pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues. A company spokesman said Friday that no leaks have been detected but declined to provide more specifics until the pipeline is inspected.

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Election
8:28 am
Sat October 20, 2012

More than 20,000 Vote Absentee in Oklahoma Election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Election Board officials say more than 20,000 Oklahomans have already cast their ballots for the November 6th general election.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  said Friday that county election boards have received 20,016 absentee ballots mailed by Oklahoma voters. The county election boards have sent 53,132 absentee ballots to Oklahoma voters who requested them.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election is October 31st.

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Local & Regional
8:25 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Plant Amid Cautious Optimism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite ongoing drought conditions — Oklahoma wheat farmers are busy planting their winter crop with what one agreed is cautious optimism.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte said Friday that 75 percent of the 2012 crop is estimated to have been planted.

Farmer Joe Kelly in Altus says the moisture level of the topsoil remains low — but with wheat priced currently at about $8.50 per bushel he's decided to plant 1,500 acres this year in hopes that rains will come.

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Local & Regional
8:22 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Unemployment Inches Up to 5.1 Percent in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The unemployment rate in Oklahoma has risen slightly for the third consecutive month — although the number of Oklahomans with a job also increased.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that unemployment for September was 5.2 percent — up from 5.1 percent in August and 4.9 percent in July.

The commission said the number of residents with a job rose to 1.71 million — an increase of 13,700 over July. At the same time the number looking for a job rose from 1.79 million to 1.81 million.

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Local & Regional
9:57 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Oklahoma Aging Partnership releases 2012 report

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Aging Partnership has released its annual legislative report on legislation affecting older Oklahomans.

The 2012 Legislative Report on Aging Issues details seven OAP-endorsed bills on long-term care, home and community-based services and health and safety.

They include bills that authorize a nationwide fingerprint background check for future long-term care employees and provide assisted living residents the option of selecting their own doctors and pharmacies.

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Local & Regional
9:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Audit of Oklahoma Agency Cites Lack of Safeguards

State Capitol in Oklahoma City
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's chief auditor says he's found a lack of financial safeguards at the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells.

Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an operational audit released Thursday cites the agency for not implementing a system of checks and balances to safeguard public assets.

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Local & Regional
2:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

US Appeals Court Refuses to Halt Oklahoma Execution

Garry Allen
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to halt the execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate who claims he is insane.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of 56-year-old Garry Thomas Allen.

Allen is scheduled for lethal injection Nov. 6. Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the November 1986 shooting death of his fiancee, 42-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, outside a children's day care center in Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Group Blasts Tulsa Church Involved in Abuse Case

Victory Christian Center

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A clergy abuse watchdog group is accusing a Tulsa megachurch of doing damage control to protect the ministry's image instead of showing concern for a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped on its property.

Barbara Dorris, the outreach director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Thursday that ministers at Victory Christian Center "put their reputation ahead of the safety of the children."

Five Victory employees are facing misdemeanor charges of waiting two weeks to report the alleged rape. They've pleaded not guilty.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Audit Critical of Oklahoma American Indian Museum

The museum is under construction in Oklahoma City
American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An audit of the board overseeing a planned American Indian museum in Oklahoma City says both the board and the Legislature had "unrealistic expectations."

The audit released Wednesday says the board chose the most expensive proposal to build the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum — about $169 million — while having only $5 million in funding at the time. It also says lawmakers need to play a greater role in overseeing the project.

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