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10:17 am
Sat February 6, 2010

M.E. Fired

The Medical Examiner's office in Tulsa is on Southwest Blvd.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Board votes to fire chief medical examiner

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Board of Medicolegal Investigations has voted to fire the state's chief medical examiner.

The board made the decision to terminate Dr. Collie Trant during a meeting Friday afternoon.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says the decision was reached during an executive session, and the board didn't give a reason for firing Trant, who had only been on the job since March.

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4:10 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

City Sales Tax Numbers

Tulsa, OK – Good news and bad news about the city sales tax collections.

Figures for the city of Tulsa show sales tax collections for the period of December 15th through mid-January to be two million below figures from the same period last year. However, there is some good news. The figures are at budget expectations.

Budget Chief Pat Connelly told the city council earlier this week that the check was expected to be around $17-million. The check was actually $17.7-million dollars.

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12:50 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

Arkansas Unhappy with EPA

The Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma.
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Fort Smith, AR – Ark. official criticizes EPA over river plan

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) The city administrator of Siloam Springs is criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for developing an Illinois River watershed protection plan.

The EPA has told Arkansas and Oklahoma officials a private company will guide the agency in figuring out how much phosphorous can be handled by the river, Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma and key tributaries.

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12:44 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

Governor Gets Appointment

Oklahoma City, OK – Obama names Henry to national council post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has been appointed by President Obama to serve on a newly created Council of Governors.

Obama on Thursday named Henry and nine other governors to serve on the panel created last month by executive order. The governors will work with national defense and security advisers on matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and integrating state and federal military activities.

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10:42 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Free Dental Care

Tulsa, OK – The first Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Charitable Foundation and the Oklahoma Dental Foundation, will be held on February 5 and 6, 2010, at the Tulsa Convention Center.

This two-day clinic is designed to meet the critical needs of dental patients of all ages by providing free dental care to as many adults and children as time, volunteers and supplies will allow.

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Local & Regional
10:21 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Medicial Examiner Update

The Medical Examiner's office in Tulsa is on Southwest Blvd.
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Oklahoma City, OK – AG says investigation not tainted

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office is denying accusations that a multicounty grand jury investigation critical of the Medical Examiner's office was tainted.

An attorney for the chief medical examiner, Dr. Collie Trant, says he plans to contact the FBI about alleged irregularities that Trant discovered with the investigation.

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9:22 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Oklahoma Budget Woes

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget agreement for FY2010 lacks specifics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The governor and legislative leaders may have agreed on a plan to close a nearly $1 billion hole in this year's budget, but disagreements remain on where that money will come from.

The hang-up is on how much to use from the state's constitutional Rainy Day Fund, a state savings account that currently has a balance of nearly $600 million.

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9:17 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Power Outage

Oklahoma City, OK – Power outages from winter storm below 24,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is reporting the number of power outages from last week's winter storm is now below 24,000.

About 179,000 outages were reported at one time following the storm that began last Friday and is blamed for seven deaths in Oklahoma.

Those still in the dark are primarily in southwestern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reports 16,047 customers without power in the region.

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9:01 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Friday's Top Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of Friday morning's top local stories

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4:32 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Mayor Responds to Budget Cut Story

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.
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Tulsa, OK – When Mayor Bartlett took office in December of last year, the City of Tulsa sales tax revenues were in a historic decline, and it was apparent that expenses needed to be reduced in the general fund to balance the budget. Bartlett stated that all departments should share in the cuts, including the Mayor's office.

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