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4:00 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Public Safety Tax Debated

City Councilor Jack Henderson listens as other councilors discuss his tax proposal.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson found little support among fellow councilors for a one-cent public safety sales tax. He urged the council to place the proposal on the ballot and let citizens decided.

The tax would generate about $67-million dollars for the city coffers.

Other councilors expressed fear the proposal would cause more people to shop outside of Tulsa. They also discussed the regressive nature of sale taxes.

Henderson wants more discussion in two weeks.

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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

State Revenue Improvement

Oklahoma Treasurer Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – State revenue collections in January improved slightly and are more closely tracking projections made by the Tax Commission in December, State Treasurer Scott Meacham announced today.

Preliminary reports show General Revenue Fund collections in January are $410.4 million. That amount is:

$82.4 million or 16.7 percent below the prior year; and,
$107.6 million or 20.8 percent below the estimate.

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Local & Regional
1:27 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Rehiring Officers

Mayor's Chief of Staff Terry Simonson and acting Police Chief Chuck Jordan.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa is petitioning the federal government to re-purpose a federal grant. If approved, Acting Police Chief Chuck Jordan would be able to rehire 35-of the laid-off police officers. The effort is being delayed because the federal government is closed because of severe winter weather in Washington, D.C.

Jordan says if approved he will re-establish his traffic enforcement units. The officers were laid-off because of city budget cuts,


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Local & Regional
11:53 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Tuesday's Top Stories

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

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Local & Regional
9:31 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Proposed Tougher Penalities

Rex Duncan
Oklahoma House

Oklahoma City, OK – Panel OKs death sentence for child rapists

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Repeat sex offenders convicted of raping a child 6 years old or younger would be eligible for the death penalty under a bill passed by a House committee.

The bill by Rep. Rex Duncan was overwhelmingly approved Monday by the House Judiciary Committee, despite a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that such laws were unconstitutional.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Tribal Employee Sentenced

Muskogee, OK – Ex-Choctaw Nation employee given probation

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a former Choctaw Nation employee to four years of probation for embezzling money from the Native American tribe.

Prosecutors said Monday Ahdohlowah Esther Tonihka also was ordered to pay $26,700 in restitution and enter into treatment for gambling addiction.

A grand jury indicted the 63-year-old Tonihka in June, and she pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization in August.

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Local & Regional
3:04 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

Weather Warning Canceled

Tulsa, OK – The National Weather Service has CANCELED the Winter Storm Warning for the Tulsa area. Temperatures are well above freezing. Little or NO additional snow accumulation is expected in the Tulsa area.

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Local & Regional
2:54 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

Rader Center Bill Advances

Democrat Lucky Lamons
Oklahoma House

Sand Springs, OK – The state Office of Juvenile Affairs would be required to pay for remediation of the L.E. Rader Center property in Sand Springs once the facility is closed under legislation advanced today.

House Bill 2691, by state Rep. Lucky Lamons, would require the Office of Juvenile Affairs to pay for complete site remediation after closure.

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Local & Regional
12:20 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

EMSA Weather Update

Tulsa, OK – Like so many Tulsans, paramedics are not happy to see more snow falling. However, EMSA is prepared to respond. EMSA's operations team has been carefully watching meteorologists' reports since late last week. Resources like ice melt and additional windshield wiper blades remain in good supply at EMSA, since the late January blast wasn't as bad as expected. EMSA plans to use blue tape again, to mark stranded and vehicles that have been checked, in an effort to reduce unnecessary, duplicate ambulance responses. (This will occur only if conditions warrant - i.e.

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9:54 am
Mon February 8, 2010

Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – Okla., poultry companies file last motions

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The state of Oklahoma argues that poultry companies sued by Oklahoma in 2005 should be prohibited from allowing poultry waste to be applied on fields in the Illinois River watershed beyond a certain amount.

Eight minutes after that motion was filed Friday night in federal court at Tulsa, the poultry companies submitted their own lengthy document arguing for denial of an injunction requested by the state.

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