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4:15 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Snow Removal Busts Budget

A snowy Tulsa street.
KWGS File Photo

Tulsa, OK – Removing the white snow has taken a lot of the City's green.

The public works department has spent over 200-thousand dollars in just overtime to keep the streets cleared. They have spent over a half-million dollars in supplies---but were only budgeted for less than half of that.

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4:14 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Guilty Plea to Tulsa Opium Charge

Tulsa, OK – U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced that a California man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Tulsa to trafficking in opium.

Wang Chong Khang (aka Pao Lee and Dao Lee), 25, of Oroville, California, pleaded guilty today to Possession of Opium with Intent to Distribute. Chief U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan set his sentencing date for June 8, 2010. Khang faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million. He was indicted by the Grand Jury in January 2010.

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3:16 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Amber/Silver Alert Center

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Department has just opened their new Amber/Silver Alert Operations Center. The center was primarily set up for use during an Amber Alert or Silver Alert, but is multi functional in design allowing the department to utilize it during any emergency operation.

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11:42 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Infant Shot and Killed

Roland is in Sequoyah County
KWGS Map

Roland, OK – Sheriff says baby shot following robbery has died

ROLAND, Okla. (AP) A 1-year-old Fort Smith girl who was shot while riding in a getaway car following a robbery in Oklahoma has died.

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11:20 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Safe Sidewalks for Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Hear the report

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11:19 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Tuesday's Top Stories

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

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10:24 am
Tue March 2, 2010

School Bond Election Today

KWGS File photo

Tulsa, OK – This is election day in Tulsa. Patrons of the Tulsa Public Schools are going to the polls to decide the fate of $354,000,000 in school bonds. The bonds would be used for buses, books and buildings.

The bonds would replace expiring bonds and would not result in a tax increase. However, if the bonds fail, taxes would go down.

The polls are open till 7 this evening.

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9:52 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Measure Moves Forward

Rex Duncan
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – House passes death penalty bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to force repeat child molesters to face possible penalties of life in prison or death.

The House voted 91-2 Monday for the bill by Rep. Rex Duncan of Sand Springs and sent it to the Senate for action.

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9:47 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Tax Appeal Rejected

Alva, OK – Court rejects gas co. tax bill appeal

ALVA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Missouri Gas Energy of a tax bill it received for stored natural gas in Oklahoma.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based company had appealed the decision by Woods County Assessor Monica Schmidt to tax the gas stored in natural caverns in Woods County. The court on Monday declined to hear the company's appeal.

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9:47 am
Tue March 2, 2010

UPDATE: Skiatook Schools

State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage
State of Oklahoma

Skiatook, OK – SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) The Skiatook school board has suspended Superintendent Gary Johnson following a highly critical state audit.

The board voted 5-0 following a 90 minute executive session Tuesday night to suspend Johnson with pay indefinitely.

The suspension comes a week after a state audit said the district overpaid more than a half million dollars on for custodial supplies and security equipment. The audit said the district overpaid nearly $570,000 by buying through a middleman rather than buying directly.

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