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9:42 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher

Samantha Lowe of Tahlequah works the front desk of Cherokee Nation’s Career Services office.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue.

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9:36 am
Sun September 14, 2014

No Political Chatter 7 Weeks Before Oklahoma Election

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's broadcast airwaves are practically void of political advertising just seven weeks before Oklahomans make their choices for the U.S. Senate, Congress, governor and other offices in the November 4th general election.

Voters were inundated with political chatter as candidates tried to gain momentum in the days and weeks before June and August primary elections where voters picked their parties' nominees for the state's top offices.

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9:34 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Oklahoma NAACP President Requests US Investigation

Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested for the crimes
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma NAACP wants the U.S. attorney general to open a hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by an Oklahoma City police officer.

Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested August 21st and accused of groping and raping several black women during a series of attacks from February through June while on duty patrolling the city's northeast side. Police have said there are at least eight alleged victims.

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9:31 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Cushing Oil Hub Getting Bigger with New Pipelines

The welcome to Cushing sign
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CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — New pipeline projects are expanding the size of an Oklahoma crude oil hub that is already one of the most important oil storage facilities in the world.

One new pipeline is in operation at the hub in Cushing, another is almost complete and a new project was announced earlier this month when Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners revealed plans for the Grand Mesa Pipeline, a joint venture with Rimrock Midstream LLC.

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9:27 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Sunday Morning Quarterback

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Trevor Knight passed for 308 yards to help Number 4 Oklahoma defeat Tennessee 34-10 last night. Knight threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for the Sooners, who won their seventh straight game. Sterling Shepard caught five passes for 109 yards and Keith Ford caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score for Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
9:14 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Apartment Fire Causes Damage and Injuries

12 people are left homeless and two more are  injured in an early morning blaze at the Ridgemont Apartments in South Tulsa.

The complex is near 81st and South Sheridan. The blaze was reported just before dawn Saturday  morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

One person suffered an ankle injury and was treated at the scene. The other person suffered some burns and was taken to the hospital by EMSA.

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8:59 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Attorney: Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse

Adrian Peterson during his playing days at OU
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UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings benched Adrian Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse.

Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy.

The Vikings say the Palestine, Texas native will not be active for Sunday's home game against New England.

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8:55 am
Sat September 13, 2014

'A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On'

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 has rattled an area south of Perry.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following Friday morning's earthquake. The USGS says the quake was centered about 10 miles south of Perry, or about 60 miles north of Oklahoma City.

The earthquake shook the area at about 9:42 a.m. Friday.

The USGS says the quake had a depth of about three miles.

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8:52 am
Sat September 13, 2014

After 20-Years in Prison Woman Cleared in Baby's Death

Tulsa County Court House
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 20-year-old murder case has been dismissed after Tulsa County prosecutors said they would not retry a woman who spent nearly two decades in prison for the murder of her infant son.

District Judge William Kellough found 37-year-old Michelle Murphy innocent on Friday, 20 years to the day after Murphy's 15-week-old son Travis was found nearly decapitated in Murphy's home.

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11:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Councilors Ask About 1985 Sales Tax Economic Development Fund

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City councilors want to know what’s happening with a sales-tax supported economic development fund set up nearly 20 years ago.

The fund collected money from 1985–1991. There’s nearly $308,000 left in it, but less than $10,000 is currently available. Capital Planning Manager Gary Hamer told city councilors $248,000 are committed to the B.C. Franklin and Springdale community centers, which no longer exist.

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