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2:15 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Preparing for the next storm

A slick intersection in midtown Tulsa.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public Works Department is shifting dollars around to be sure it has plenty of salt to treat Tulsa's streets. The department has announced this morning it is taking $125,000 from a pot-hole patching fund to purchase an additional 3,000 tons of salt.

Public Works Director Charles Hardt says he is robbing Peter to pay Paul but he has no other options, short of asking citizens to come outside with a salt-shaker.

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11:51 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Tulsa Police and Fire

Fire Chief Allen LaCroix and Police Chief Ron Palmer answer questions from Tulsa City Council Members.
TGOV

Tulsa, OK – The 4th floor meeting room is packed at Tulsa City Hall as members of the City Council get input on a proposal to reduce the number of upper and middle managers in the Police and Fire Departments.

Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer says the $3.4 million in proposed cuts would "gut" the Tulsa Police Department. He says the department would be at 1980 staffing levels while trying to fight 2010 crime rates. He called it "unacceptable".

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11:47 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Schools Closed in Area

Miami, OK – Schools remain closed in NE Oklahoma

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) About two dozen schools in northeastern Oklahoma remain closed because of icy roads in the region.

School officials in Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Nowata, Osage, Mayes, and Rogers counties have called off classes for Tuesday after weekend snow.

Emergency management director Glenda Longan in Miami (my-AM'-uh) says primary roads have been cleared but rural roads remain slick.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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Local & Regional
9:41 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Trial Delay

Tulsa, OK – Murder trial of ex-Tulsa teacher again delayed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The murder trial of a former Tulsa high school teacher in death of his wife is being delayed after he is changing attorneys for a fifth time.

John Kastner was to go on trial Monday for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lori Kastner in June 2008. He says an intruder broke into his home and shot her as she slept then shot him in the hand as the two fought.

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5:07 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Oklahoma's Economy

Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) House Speaker Chris Benge says he is studying whether Oklahoma needs an energy stabilization fund. He says it would capture oil and gas revenue when prices are high and distribute the revenue when prices drop. State officials blame low energy prices and a sluggish economy for the state's budget hole of more than $729 million.

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5:03 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

918 Ruling

Oklahoma City, OK – On a split vote, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted this morning for an 918 area code overlay to address the number shortage. That will mean everyone will keep their current numbers but all new numbers after 2012 will be assigned a different area code. You will eventually have to dial 10-digits to reach anyone in our area, even local calls.

Commissioner Dana Murphy voted against the overlay plan. She wanted the area to split into two different code areas.

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12:23 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Economic Recovery

Tulsa, OK – Omaha, Neb. - The December Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region, a leading economic indicator from a survey of supply managers in a nine-state area, inched above growth neutral. The index expanded to 50.3 from November's 47.5. An index of 50.0 is considered growth neutral.

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12:10 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Man Found Dead in Tulsa Snow

KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – A man's body is found behind a pool hall in Southeast Tulsa. The discovery was made about 8:15 this morning at the Cue Spot near 31st and Sheridan.

The man was 23-years-old, but police do not know how he died. Police Officer Leland Ashley says the man could have slipped on ice and hit his head and died in the bitter cold. The temperature was 17-degrees when the man was discovered.

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11:01 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Tulsans Left Homeless By Fire

Tulsa, OK – An overnight fire in Tulsa sent people shivering into the night. The blaze was at the Riverchase Apartments at 81st and Riverside Drive.

The Red Cross reports two units at the complex were on fire about 4 AM this morning. Eight people were left homeless.

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10:42 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Snow east of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Wintry weather closes schools in NE Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Snow that fell across northeastern Oklahoma during the weekend has left many roads slick and led school officials to cancel classes.

Several school officials say the primary problem is side roads and those in rural areas of the counties in the region.

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