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10:01 am
Fri December 18, 2009

H1N1 Deaths in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – 3 more swine flu deaths confirmed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health says three more people have died as a result of complications from the swine flu.

According to a report released Thursday, the latest deaths bring to 39 the number of Oklahomans who have died of swine flu since Sept. 1. Another person died in June.

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9:59 am
Fri December 18, 2009

10-Commandments

Oklahoma City, OK – Capitol spot approved for 10 Commandments monument

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It's an epic more than 50 years in the making: "The Ten Commandments" are coming to the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Five decades after director Cecil B. DeMille distributed granite copies of the Ten Commandments to venues nationwide, Oklahoma's Capitol is finally to receive a set. The State Capitol Preservation Commission voted 7-4 on Thursday to place the monument along a walkway on the north side of the Capitol.

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9:54 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Another Quake

Jones, OK – JONES, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded yet another small earthquake near Jones.

No injuries or damage have been reported.

The magnitude 2.8 quake was recorded at 8:25 p.m. Thursday and is at least the fifth in the area in the past week. The previous four ranged from magnitude 2.4 to 3.4.

Quakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3 are generally the smallest felt by people.

The Thursday night quake was centered about 2 miles southeast of Jones about 15 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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9:52 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Postmasters Indicted

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Ponca City, OK – 2 Kay County postmasters face felony indictments

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) Two postmasters in Kay County have been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troester says 41-year-old Divina Love is accused of misappropriation of federal funds for allegedly taking more than $1,000 in stamp sales. He says 55-year-old Steven McCormack was indicted for misprision of a felony because he allegedly knew about Love's actions and did not report them to authorities.

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1:17 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Mixed Bag on Tulsa Metro Home Starts

Tulsa, OK – The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa announced today that metro Tulsa housing starts totaled 166 in November, 12.2 percent above starts reported in November 2008. The November total is a 33.3 percent decrease from the 249 starts in October, as the industry moves into the slower winter season. However, the year-over-year increase continues to edge annual starts closer to prior year totals, as year-to-date starts now trail 2008 figures by only 13.5 percent.

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1:16 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – Engineer: Manure no significant affect on river

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An environmental engineer says using bird manure as a crop fertilizer does not affect the Illinois River or Lake Tenkiller to "any significant extent."

John Connolly testified Wednesday on behalf of Arkansas poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Edmondson's lawsuit accuses the companies of polluting the Illinois River watershed with chicken litter.

The companies deny any wrongdoing.

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12:57 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

The Future of the 918

Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is scheduled to vote Friday on what plan to institute in the 918 area code to deal with the predicted exhaust of available phone numbers.

The Commission has two choices: 1) Overlay or 2) Split.

In an overlay, all existing numbers would keep the old 918 area code. Eventually all new numbers would get a new area code.

In a split, the existing 918 area code's geographic area is split into two parts, with one part keeping the 918 area code and the other part getting a new area code.

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12:57 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Lines are long at North Tulsa Job Fair

The line is long at the Rudisill Library for supermarket job fair.
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10:02 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Infant Mortality Rate Alarming

Tulsa, OK – A new report shows Tulsa's infant mortality rate is above, not only the state but the national average. Kassie Prather with the Tulsa City-County Health Department says may deaths that were once thought of as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are actually the result of unsafe sleep practices. Hear our special report:

For more information: http://tulsababies.com/

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9:20 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Lawmakers Praised by Higher Ed

Representative Lucky Lamons and Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson look on as House Speaker Chris Benge accepts his award.
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Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge of Berryhill and Rep. Lucky Lamons of Tulsa were presented with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Council of Presidents at a ceremony Wednesday at the West Campus of Tulsa Community College. OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, OSRHE State Regent Stuart Price and TCC President Tom McKeon recognized Benge and Lamons for their ongoing work for the continued success of higher education in Oklahoma.

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