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10:06 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Winter Storm Update

Tulsa, OK – Okla. utility patrons without power under 80,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say the number of Oklahoma homes and businesses without power has dropped below 80,000.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reports 79,393 homes and businesses remain without electric service due to the winter storm of last week.

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9:48 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Haiti Quake: Oklahoma Connection

Oklahoma City, OK – Supplies sent from Oklahoma to stricken Haiti

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A planeload of supplies from Oklahoma is heading to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The load that includes medical supplies, tents, quilts and pillows was put on the plane Sunday at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.

It is to leave Monday for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., then on to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Local & Regional
8:13 pm
Sun January 31, 2010

Fire Union Votes for Pay Cuts

KWGS File Photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Fire Fighters' union did NOT follow the example set by the FOP. The Union voted to take a five-point-two percent wage cut rather lay-offs. The union's action will save the jobs for 147 fellow fire fighters.

The fire fighter's union says its rank and file will take a pay cut for 17-months in order to ensure jobs.

Tulsa's other two city unions, Police and support staff, voted for lay-offs.

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9:14 am
Sun January 31, 2010

Emergency Aid for Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – White House declares emergency for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The White House says President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Oklahoma, which was hit hard by a crippling winter storm.

The announcement Saturday said Obama had ordered federal aid made available to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by the storm.

The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

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Local & Regional
10:38 am
Sat January 30, 2010

No Sign of Missing Girl

Photo of missing girl.
Oklahoma Department Of Public Safety

Oklahoma City, OK – Texas cancels Amber Alert for missing Okla. girl

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Texas officials canceled an Amber Alert issued in that state for a missing 7-year-old Oklahoma girl.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange (TEE'-luh MANJ) says the alert was deactivated Friday because no new information leads investigators to believe Aja (AY'-zhuh) Johnson is in Texas.

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10:34 am
Sat January 30, 2010

Cash for Miss Oklahoma

Las Vegas, NV – Oklahoma wins $6K award at Miss America Pageant

LAS VEGAS (AP) Organizers say Miss Oklahoma Taylor Treat has won a $6,000 scholarship at the Miss America Pageant for her volunteering and community service.

Officials say the Quality of Life scholarship given this week is awarded with special attention to depth of service, creativity and how effectively the service changes lives.

Treat's chosen platform for the pageant is engaging students through service learning.

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10:33 am
Sat January 30, 2010

Henry Seeks Federal Aid

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry seeks federal disaster declaration

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry is seeking a federal disaster declaration for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the severe winter storm.

Henry says many areas of the state have been hit hard by the winter storm and federal aid will play a key role in the recovery process.

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Local & Regional
10:21 am
Sat January 30, 2010

Storm Shuts Down OKC Airport

Oklahoma City, OK – Winter storm closes OKC airport

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Heavy snow forced officials at Oklahoma's largest airport to shut it down.

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City was closed to aircraft operations Friday afternoon. Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney says heavy snowfall and poor visibility prevented airport maintenance crews from keeping runways and taxiways clear.

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10:18 am
Sat January 30, 2010

Storm Aftermath

Oklahoma City, OK –

Thousands without power as storm lingers in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Utility crews have been making progress in restoring electricity to thousands of homes and businesses that lost service when a deadly winter storm dumped snow, sleet and ice on Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, nearly 151,000 customers were without power at 9:15 p.m. Friday, down from the peak of more than 179,000.

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Local & Regional
4:20 pm
Fri January 29, 2010

Not All Officers Laid-Off

Tulsa, OK – Earlier today, Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced he signed two Memorandums of Understanding for a savings of about $566,000 that would allow the City to retain 27 Tulsa police officers through the end of the year. Due to four resignations from the police force this afternoon, four additional officers will return to the police force, which now rescinds a total of 31 lay off notices.

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