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9:37 am
Wed March 24, 2010

EOC Directors Lobby Lawmakers

The Oklahoma State Capitol
KWGS News photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Emergency managers visit Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dozens of emergency management professionals want state lawmakers to support their disaster response efforts.

About 100 emergency managers from across the state were at the state Capitol Tuesday to emphasize the need for state disaster relief funds.

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9:33 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Skiatook Grand Jury

Judge Thornbrugh's courtroom
KWGS News photo

Skiatook, OK – There is new information this morning on the Skiatook School District. Tulsa County presiding Judge Tom Thornbrugh has approved a request for a grand jury investigation of the school district.

A state audit turned up three-quarters of a million dollars of funds misspent. The petitioners will have 45-days to collect five-thousand signatures.

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Local & Regional
9:26 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Wednesday's Top Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a quick recap of Wednesday morning's Top Local Stories:

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Council Investigation

Terry Simonson at today's city council meeting.
KWGS News Photo/T-GOV

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will go behind closed doors Thursday afternoon. Council Chair Rick Westcott says they want to discuss the best way to move forward in a review of comments made by Mayor's Chief of Staff Terry Simonson.

At issue, is whether Simonson mislead the council and/or the federal government regarding using a grant to rehire laid-off police officers.

The meeting will begin at 5PM, just ahead of the regular 6PM council meeting

Read the memo chief deputies sent to the police chief:

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Local & Regional
1:40 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Smoking Poll Released

Tulsa, OK – Poll shows support for smoking ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Supporters of further limits on smoking in public have released a new poll indicating most Oklahomans favor banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

The poll commissioned by the Smoke Free Oklahoma coalition found 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating indoor smoking in public places. It also found 94 percent of Oklahoma voters believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard.

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1:40 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

USS Oklahoma Sailor's DNA

The capsized USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, December, 1941
US Navy

Tulsa, OK – Texan's DNA could help ID Pearl Harbor sailor

DALLAS (AP) A Dallas-area woman for decades kept a letter from her Navy brother and that mail could help identify him as a victim of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sandy Patton of Trophy Club says her brother was serving in the radio room of the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack.

The 89-year-old woman hoped, at a recent meeting in San Antonio, to be informed that recovered remains include those of her sibling. Patton last year provided a DNA sample.

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Local & Regional
10:28 am
Tue March 23, 2010

More Federal Help for Storm Victims

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – Gov. Brad Henry announced today that more Oklahoma counties have been approved for federal disaster aid to assist with infrastructure damage and response costs related to the Christmas Eve blizzard and the January 28 ice storm.

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Local & Regional
9:03 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Tuesday's Top Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a quick recap of Tuesday morning's Top Local Stories:

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Local & Regional
4:46 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Lawsuit Urged

House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro-Tem Glen Coffee talk to reporters at state capitol. They are surrounded by fellow Republican senators.
Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee and House Speaker Chris Benge urged Oklahoma's Attorney General on Monday to file suit against the federal government, challenging the constitutionality of yesterday's health care legislation.

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4:45 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Back to School at Oologah

Oologah school superintendent Rick Thomas
KWGS News Photo

Oologah, OK – Students return to the classroom at Oologah. Yesterday, was the first day of school following a meningitis outbreak that left two students dead.

Oologah Superintendent Rick Thomas says while the outbreak was centered in the lower elementary, it impacted the entire district. He says he has never seen a disease spread so rapidly.

Three children remain hospitalized with the disease.


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