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8:31 am
Sat February 13, 2010

Corrections Cuts

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has reduced its staff by 59 as it struggles to deal with the effects of the state's $729 million budget shortfall.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said Friday that even though the agency is slated to receive a supplemental appropriation from the Legislature, officials still had to fill an $11 million gap after being told to trim their budgets by 10 percent for the rest of the fiscal year.

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1:41 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Sean Sutton Arrested in Stillwater

The booking photo of Sean Sutton at the Payne County Jail
Payne County Jail

Stillwater, OK – The State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs confirms it has arrested former OSU Basketball coach Sean Sutton on drug related charges. OSBND spokesman Mark Woodward, tells KWGS News,(in interview above) Sutton was arrested late yesterday when he went to pick-up prescription medication that had been shipped to him in Stillwater. The Bureau says the package contained Adderall and Clonazepam.

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1:27 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

State Medicaid Cuts

Oklahoma City, OK – Agency cuts Medicaid provider rates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has approved an additional 3.5 percent cut in the rates it pays to Medicaid providers.

The cut was approved by the authority's board Thursday. Agency officials say the move is required because the authority's budget allocation has been reduced due to a statewide revenue shortfall.

The cut amounts to about $12.1 million in state funding, and more than $32 million when federal matching dollars are added.

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11:06 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Southern Oklahoma Hit by Storm

Oklahoma City, OK –

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm has dumped nearly 10 inches of snow on parts of southern Oklahoma.

According to the National Weather Service, preliminary snowfall amounts from Thursday's storm ranged from a trace in central Oklahoma to 9.2 inches around Madill in Marshall County. Other amounts included 3.5 inches in Ada, 5 inches in Durant, 6.5 inches in Carter County and 7 inches in Love County.

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Local & Regional
10:35 am
Fri February 12, 2010

Friday's Top Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a quick review of Friday Morning's Top Local Stories

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3:41 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Valentine's Comes Early

A truck sets outside the Day Center's loading dock where a catered luncheon was brought into the homeless.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – A special Valentine's Luncheon is served to Tulsa's Homeless. Hear a KWGS News Feature.

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3:39 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Unemployment Aid

Local & Regional
11:44 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Poultry Trial Wrap Up Delayed

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Closing arguments in the state of Oklahoma's federal pollution lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry have been postponed a week after the judge became ill.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell has presided over the 51-day trial that has taken four months. He was set to hear the arguments Thursday morning.

Instead, closing arguments will be Feb. 18.

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11:43 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Mega Million Winner

Jeff Haff and his fianc?e pick-up his check from the Lottery Commission in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Lottery Commission photo

Tulsa, OK – A Claremore man wins the first big prize from the new Mega Million lottery game.

Jeff Haff won a quarter of a million dollars. He got all five of the white ball numbers correct, but missed the mega ball number.

He plans to use the money to pay-off bills and to purchase a new pick-up.

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9:42 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Cloud Bows Out of Congressional Race

Commissioner Jeff Cloud
OCC

Oklahoma City, OK – Corporation Commissioner dropping out of race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An official with Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jeff Cloud's campaign for U.S. Congress says Cloud is dropping out of the race.

Campaign consultant Pat McFerron said Wednesday that Cloud has a non-life-threatening health condition that has forced him to suspend his bid.

McFerron says Cloud will have to have surgery to remove sinus polyps, but that he will continue serving as a member of the Corporation Commission.

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