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9:32 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Southwest Oklahoma Power Problems

Oklahoma City, OK – Thousands still withour power from storm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thousands of Oklahomans remain without power as a massive winter storm continues to bring heavy snow and high winds to the state.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s Web site reported Thursday evening that about 6,300 homes and businesses its serves are without power, including 4,300 in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

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7:21 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Creek Turnpike Now Closed

Tulsa, OK – The OHP shut down the Creek Turnpike between Sapulpa and the Will Rogers Gate east of Tulsa.

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5:35 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Turner Turnpike Closed

Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has shut down the entire length of the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, because of accidents and snow packed roadways.

Governor Henry has declared a state of emergency is Oklahoma.

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4:35 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Expressways Closed in OKC

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm packing heavy snow and strong winds has forced law enforcement authorities to close all interstate highways in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said in an e-mail Thursday that the storm has led to numerous accidents and stranded vehicles are blocking all roadways. Interstates in the Oklahoma City area include I-40, I-35 and I-44.

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3:42 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

BLIZZARD WARNING FOR TULSA

Tulsa, OK – Blizzard Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
221 PM CST THU DEC 24 2009

OKZ055>058-060>063-065>068-070-071-250430-
/O.CAN.KTSA.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-091225T1200Z/
/O.EXA.KTSA.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-091225T1200Z/
WASHINGTON OK-NOWATA-CRAIG-OTTAWA-TULSA-ROGERS-MAYES-DELAWARE-
OKFUSKEE-OKMULGEE-WAGONER-CHEROKEE-MUSKOGEE-MCINTOSH-
221 PM CST THU DEC 24 2009

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12:40 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Blizzard Warning

Tulsa, OK – 000
WWUS44 KTSA 241650
WSWTSA

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1050 AM CST THU DEC 24 2009

OKZ054-059-064-250100-
/O.CAN.KTSA.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-091225T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KTSA.BZ.W.0001.091224T1650Z-091225T1200Z/
OSAGE-PAWNEE-CREEK-
1050 AM CST THU DEC 24 2009

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST FRIDAY...

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9:41 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Unemployment Claims

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma sets unemployment claims record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma has set a new record for unemployment benefits as the number of jobless in the state remains near a 21-year high.

John Carpenter is a spokesman for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. He said Wednesday the state has paid a little more than $575 million in regular unemployment benefits since Jan. 1. The state paid just $182.6 million all of last year.

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8:33 am
Thu December 24, 2009

More Oklahomans

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Census Bureau is estimating Oklahoma's population as of July at 3,687,050 an increase of more than 43,000 from July 2008. Most of the increase was by people moving to Oklahoma from other states called domestic migration which accounted for 18,345 new residents.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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8:25 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Travel Problems

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm moving into Oklahoma is leaving roads in parts of the state slick and hazardous. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says no serious accidents have been reported but the OHP says driving conditions are slick and hazardous in the southwestern corner of the state.

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1:22 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

St-John's to Pay

Tulsa, OK – Justice Dept. says Okla. hospital to pay $13M

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Federal lawyers say a major Tulsa hospital has agreed to pay more than $13 million to settle allegations that claims it submitted to Medicare and Medicaid programs were tainted by the hospital's payments to doctors for patients they referred.

A news release Tuesday from the Justice Department said St. John Health System violated the False Claims Act by paying 23 doctors or physician groups to induce referrals for medical services.

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