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12:10 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Man Found Dead in Tulsa Snow

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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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Local & Regional
9:34 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Jail Break in OKC

Oklahoma City, OK – 2 inmates escape Oklahoma City prison

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police are looking for two escapees from the Oklahoma City Community Correcctions Center.

Authorities say 27-year-old Jimmy Turk and 37-year-old Roy Killian escaped about 11 p.m. Sunday by climbing over a fence at the prison near Interstate 44.

Department of Corrections information shows both men have several convictions that include weapons violations and burglary.

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Local & Regional
6:51 pm
Sat January 2, 2010

Stimulus Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. to receive $2.6B in stimulus funds


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma is expected to receive more than $2.6 billion from the federal stimulus package, along with additional grant funds in areas like education, technology and energy efficiency.

The spending is expected to ramp up significantly in 2010 as infrastructure projects continue and state and federal agencies award competitive grants.

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Local & Regional
9:37 am
Sat January 2, 2010

Lake Study

Keystone Dam, west of Sand Springs.
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Tulsa. OK – Study: Oxygen levels dropping in Okla. lakes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A new national study shows Oklahoma's lakes and reservoirs are experiencing a loss of oxygen at a higher rate than the national average.

The Tulsa World's Washington bureau reports the study by the Environmental Protection Agency placed one-third of Oklahoma's estimated 3,056 lakes, ponds and reservoirs of more than 10 acres on the "bad end" of the survey. About 10 percent were on the "good end," and the rest were somewhere on the middle.

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Local & Regional
10:53 am
Fri January 1, 2010

State to Get IT Director

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry working to fill new state post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry is still talking with the top candidates to become the state's new chief information officer.

But Henry said Thursday he does not expect to make a final decision by Friday.

A new law created a chief information officer to oversee all state computer information and technology operations.

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Local & Regional
10:31 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Mother Charged With Murder

Tulsa, OK – 18-year-old Tulsa mom accused of 1st-degree murder

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A teen mother faces a first-degree murder charge stemming from the death of her 7-week-old son, and police are renewing their look at the earlier death of another child who died under similar circumstances.

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Local & Regional
10:28 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Speedy Refunds Promised

Oklahoma City, OK – Tax refund bill to take effect

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Legislation designed to speed up Oklahomans' state tax refunds takes effect on Jan. 1.

The measure by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm of Durant was passed by the Legislature last spring. It requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to make speedy refunds to taxpayers or pay them the same interest that taxpayers would have to pay on delinquent tax payments.

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Local & Regional
10:22 am
Fri January 1, 2010

2010 Tax Cuts

Oklahoma City, OK – New tax cuts to go into effect


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The New Year will bring new tax cuts to Oklahoma.

Tax cuts scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 include the final phase of repealing the state estate tax. The estate tax disappears from Oklahoma in 2010.

Also, another increase in the standard deduction for Oklahomans who do not itemize their income taxes goes into effect.

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