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9:38 am
Tue February 16, 2010

Oklahoma Student Poverty

Sand Garrett
Department of Education

Oklahoma City, OK – Student poverty increases in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new report from the state Department of Education says the growth rate in student poverty is more than double what it has been in previous years.

The findings are in the agency's 2009-2010 Low Income Report released Monday. State Schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett says officials had expected an increase in student poverty due to the slumping economy.

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9:34 am
Tue February 16, 2010

Update on Missing Girl

Tulsa, OK – GERONIMO, Okla. (AP) A mobile command center used to support the search for a missing 7-year-old girl is being shut down by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI says the search for Aja Johnson and her suspected kidnapper Lester Hobbs goes on but the center in Geronimo is closing today.

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9:31 am
Tue February 16, 2010

Pin Pointing Cause of Jones Quakes

Jones is located in Oklahoma County
KWGS News Map

Jones, OK – Fault lines found under Jones, site of earthquakes

JONES, Okla. (AP) New detectors have found fault lines in the Jones area where dozens of small earthquakes have been recorded since last year.

Six quake detectors known as NetQuakes accelerometers are on loan from the U.S. Geological Survey. They were set up this year to help scientists find answers to earthquake activity in the region.

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Local & Regional
5:03 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Cuts at ORU

University President Mark Rutland
ORU

Tulsa, OK – Oral Roberts University is trimming its staff. The latest round of cuts at the university were announced today and will impact about 50 employees.

In a news release University President Mark Rutland called the cuts " necessary to continue this road to economic vitality." No faculty positions will be lost.

A news release from the University referred to the cuts as "rightsizing". The employees will be given 60-days severance.

Last fall ORU laid-off over 120-workers.

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5:02 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

State Spending

State Treasurer Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – State gets much-needed boost from oil, gas taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) While the state is still facing a massive budget shortfall, higher oil and natural gas prices are providing a much-needed boost to state revenue collections.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham said Monday the state will have about $60 million more to spend in the current budget year and an additional $120 million available in fiscal year 2011.

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12:21 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Email Car Tag Notices

Tulsa, OK –

Bill would end mailing of car tag renewal notices

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Tax Commission would be allowed to stop mailing car tag renewal notices under a bill pending in the state Senate.

The bill would let the commission send notices by e-mail. But some opponents say many people especially those in rural Oklahoma may not have access to e-mail.

Tax Commission spokeswoman Paula Ross says mailing the notices cost more than a million dollars a year.

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12:20 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Former Lawmaker Dies

The Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Former Oklahoma state rep Tim Pope collapses, dies

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11:45 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Top Award for Union Cheer

Union Cheerleaders perform at National Championship.
UCA

Orlando, Fl – The Union Varsity Cheerleaders won the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida this weekend. They beat 16 other teams in the Super Varsity division.

Union was leading in the semifinals Saturday and went on to win the Championship in the evening on Valentine's Day. UCA is one of the largest high school cheerleading championships in the United States.

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9:56 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Another Jones Shaker

Jones, OK – Small earthquake recorded near Jones

JONES, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting it recorded another small earthquake near Jones.

The 2.8 magnitude quake was recorded at 9:32 p.m. Sunday near Jones about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

Quakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are generally the smallest felt by people.

There have been more than 40 small earthquakes in the area since 2009.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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9:54 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Fewer Road Deaths in Oklahoma

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Tulsa, OK – Number of traffic fatalities down in 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the number of traffic fatalities in Oklahoma in 2010 is down by 40 from the same period last year.

The OHP report 37 people have been killed on Oklahoma's roads through Sunday compared to 77 at the same time in 2009.

And troopers say the number of people killed during the month of February is down from 25 as of Feb. 14, 2009, to 11 through Feb. 14 this year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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