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9:21 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Fatal Plane Crash in Okmulgee County

A pilot is dead after crashing a single engine plane in Okmulgee County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Gene Thompson was killed when the 2006 Cessna-172 he was flying crash near Preston into a grove of dense trees.

The 63-year-old Thompson was flying to Tulsa from Fort Worth, Texas when the plane went down about 5 p.m. on Friday. The wreckage was spotted by the Civil Air Patrol around 7:30 Friday evening.  Thompson was the only person on board.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash.

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9:04 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Lobbist Found Dead in Hot Tub at Home

Credit KWGS Photo

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Police in Edmond say a man has drowned in the hot tub of his home.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe says 46-year-old Bart McSpadden was found dead in the hot tub after his wife called about 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Monroe says family members reported that McSpadden had gotten up about 2:30 a.m. and said he could not sleep and was going to sit by a backyard pool that was connected to the hot tub.

Monroe says there is no evidence of foul play.

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9:00 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in August

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say the state's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.7 percent in August, up from 4.6 percent in July.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the civilian labor force fell by 5,950, total employment declined by 6,750 and the number of unemployed rose by 790.

Four of the state's nine industry sectors added jobs during the month with professional and business services increasing by 1,900 and the construction sector adding 1,400 jobs.

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Local & Regional
4:07 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Booker T. Washington Loses Teacher, Then Doesn't

Booker T. Washington High School learned yesterday it would lose a teacher today.

It’s called a trim when Tulsa Public Schools decides to move a teacher based on enrollment numbers. School officials say they were being trimmed for having 1,331 students instead of 1,334. TPS spokesman Chris Payne said Superintendent Keith Ballard reversed the decision today.

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1:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Tulsa's Annual Greek Festival Is Underway Downtown

Students dance at the 2014 Tulsa Greek Festival.
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There are many ethnic festivals in Tulsa throughout the year, but the ‘Granddaddy’ of them all is this weekend. Tulsa’s Greek Festival is billed as the city’s oldest. Reverend Deacon Michael Stevenson says this is the 54th year, and several thousand people attend the annual event each September, with as many as ten thousand or more served meals every year.

The festival also includes a live band, dancing, crafts, and costumes. It runs until 10 tonight and from 11am until 10pm tomorrow at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 12th and Guthrie.

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12:07 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Information on Today's 'Gathering Place' Ground Breaking

The proposed Lodge for the Gathering Place
Credit Kaiser Family Foundation

Ground will be broken today for  'A Gathering Place for Tulsa'. It will begin at 10 a.m.   Wear your picnic attire, walk the grounds with family and friends, and imagine the future that awaits Tulsa. Children will have the opportunity to participate in the noon groundbreaking ceremony!

Local Tulsa food trucks will be on site, kids and family activities will include a giant tape tunnel from the Tulsa Children’s Museum, hula hooping and more.

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES

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11:48 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Regents Approve 3 Storm Shelters for Norman Campus

The OU campus at Norman
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a plan to build three above-ground storm shelters on the Norman campus.

The regents agreed Thursday to use $12 million from general obligation bond proceeds to build the shelters. According to the Tulsa World, the 4,200-square-foot shelters will be located in three university apartment complexes on campus.

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11:31 am
Fri September 19, 2014

OSHA Investigates Death of Elephant Caretaker

HOPE, Maine (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a Maine man who was crushed by an elephant in his care this month.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an investigator went to the site in Hope after retired veterinarian James Laurita died on Sept. 9. Police say one of the elephants apparently accidentally stepped on Laurita after he fell in their enclosure.

The elephants, Hope and Opal, have since been returned to the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma.

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11:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Ten Commandments Lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

District Judge Thomas Prince granted Friday the motion filed by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission.

The lawsuit alleged the monument violates the state constitution's ban against using public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

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7:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Recorded near Medford

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake near Medford.

The earthquake happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. about 20 miles east of Enid and 17 miles southeast of Medford.

A Grant County Sheriff's Office dispatcher tells The Oklahoman the office hadn't received any calls concerning the earthquake or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans. Damage is not likely at magnitudes below 4.0.

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