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10:01 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Poultry Lawsuit Update

Tulsa, OK – Expert disputes Okla. watershed pollution study

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An expert scientist says a report developed by the state of Oklahoma showing phosphorous pollution in a sensitive watershed was incomplete, riddled with errors and unreliable.

Scientist Victor Bierman testified Thursday as an expert witness for the Arkansas poultry industry in Tulsa federal court in Oklahoma's lawsuit against the companies.

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9:56 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Mayor to Step Down

Warner is in Muskogee County.
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Warner,OK – Warner mayor announces plans to resign

WARNER, Okla. (AP) The mayor of the eastern Oklahoma town of Warner says he is planning to resign.

Mayor Jeff Collins says it is time for new ideas in the town and he will step down Friday.

Collins says his resignation is not related to a lawsuit in which the town and Vice Mayor Randy Brassfield are being sued by a couple who've been denied water service for a mobile home park.

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Information from: Muskogee Phoenix, http://www.muskogeephoenix.com

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5:27 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Another Sales Tax Drop

Tulsa, OK – The preliminary report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission regarding sales collections for the City of Tulsa show revenue sources for general fund operations have declined 11.4 percent from the previous year.

According to the preliminary report, sales tax collections from mid-November to mid-December totaled $16,978,329, an 11.4% drop from $19,170,192 for the same month last year. The collections are in line with the most recent revised revenue projections, said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

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3:32 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Fire Department Budget Proposal

Tulsa Fire Chief Allen LaCroix explains what a 4.4% budget cut would mean to his department.
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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Fire Chief Allen LaCroix details his budget cutting plan for the Tulsa Fire Department. Under the 4.4 percent reduction we would have to lay-off 116 Tulsa Fire Fighters and close some companies. He says such a cut would greatly lengthen the Fire Department's response time.

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12:53 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Cold Weather Update

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Frigid weather closes schools in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Numerous school in Oklahoma are closed because of bitterly cold temperatures.

School officials concerned about the danger to students who walk to school and those waiting at bus stops called off Thursday classes. Highs were expected from about 10 degrees into the 20s.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory statewide through Friday.

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12:52 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Power Outages in OKC

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thousands of homes and businesses lost power and Oklahoma's two largest school districts canceled classes for the rest of the week as a winter storm brought freezing precipitation and sub-freezing temperatures to the region.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported nearly 20,300 customers without power late Wednesday after freezing drizzle fell across much of central Oklahoma. There were no reports of accidents or injuries.

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9:59 am
Thu January 7, 2010

Health Care Reform Update

Columbia, S.C. – AP: State AGs make appeal over health care deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Two top state prosecutors are asking attorneys general across the country to let Washington know if they oppose the health care reform bill they say includes a political deal for Nebraska.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Oklahoma top prosecutor Drew Edmondson asked their colleagues Wednesday to call on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove the provision.

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3:22 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Oklahoma Sports

Tulsa, OK – Sooners CB Franks enters NFL draft

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks has changed his mind and decided to enter the NFL draft, forgoing his senior year.

Franks announced his decision Tuesday. He had said in December that he intended to play his senior season with the Sooners no matter what the NFL said about where he might land in the April draft.

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1:31 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Las Vegas Guard from Turley

72-year-old Stanley Cooper was killed in the shootout.
Las Vegas Sun

Tulsa, OK – Slain security guard began career in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The brother of a security guard who was fatally shot when a disgruntled man opened fire at a Las Vegas federal building say he served as a Tulsa police officer in the 1960s.

Tulsa native Stanley Cooper died Monday after suspect Johnny Lee Wicks began shooting. Federal marshals fatally shot Wicks, who was said to be upset over Social Security benefits.

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10:21 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Utility Late Fees

Tulsa, OK –
1.5 % Late Fee on City Utility Bills
Takes Effect This Month

Beginning this month, January 2010, the City of Tulsa will assess a 1-1/2 % late fee on past-due balances on City utility bills for water, sewer, stormwater, refuse services and the Medical Service Program.

Customers can avoid late fees with timely payment of bills by the due date.

Although the new policy begins January 1, customers will not see it reflected until they receive bills for January service in February.

Neighboring cities charge late fees of up to 10 percent.

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