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9:52 am
Sun December 20, 2009

Shorter Week at Liberty

Mounds, OK – Liberty is 5th state district to go to 4-day week

MOUNDS, Okla. (AP) The Liberty school district is joining four others in Oklahoma in changing to a four-day week.

The Liberty school board cited declining state revenues as the primary reason for the switch. The new schedule for Liberty students will start on Jan. 5.

The change is expected to save the district money on transportation, utilities and food. Also, bus drivers and cafeteria workers are paid for one less day per week.

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9:49 am
Sun December 20, 2009

Looking for the Quake Causes

Jones, OK – Equipment could help determine cause of quakes

JONES, Okla. (AP) Geologists hope new equipment coming to Oklahoma next year will help them determine the cause of a spate of earthquakes in eastern Oklahoma County near Jones.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey says in an average year, Jones residents will feel one or two earthquakes. Just since March, there have been 25 earthquakes in the area.

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9:46 am
Sun December 20, 2009

Inhofe on Climate

Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe calls trip to Copenhagen successful

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Global warming skeptic U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma says his whirlwind trip to Copenhagen to visit a climate change meeting gave him ample opportunity to spread his message.

Inhofe told the Tulsa World's Washington bureau Friday that he spent about four hours on the ground in Denmark earlier this week, during which he was able to deliver his thoughts about climate change to reporters.

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Local & Regional
10:08 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Deeper Cuts at City Hall

The sign in front of Tulsa's new City Hall
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett is spending the weekend reviewing budget cutting proposals submitted by his department heads. The city cannot spend money it does not have and with sales tax revenue sinking each month, the city must cut spending. Little is left but personnel.

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9:53 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Kickback Scheme

Wagoner, OK – Okla. man gets prison term for kickback scheme

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Wagoner man has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to solicit kickbacks in the awarding of a private security subcontract to protect U.S. government officials and contractors in Afghanistan.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Bryan Lee Burrows also was sentenced Friday to two years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

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9:49 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Furloughs Ahead at the State

The Oklahoma State Capitol
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – State workers forced to take unpaid days off

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) At least six state agencies are preparing to furlough employees after officials ordered 10 percent budget cuts across all the agencies.

Office of Personnel Management Administrator Oscar Jackson said Friday several other agencies are considering similar moves.

Before furloughing employees, agencies must file a plan with OPM.

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Local & Regional
4:20 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Unemployment Eases

Oklahoma City, OK – The unemployment rate in Oklahoma takes a tumble. The figures, released today, show the rate dropped in Oklahoma to 7-percent. That is down from 7.3-percent in October. This is the first drop in a year of steady increases. This time last year, 4.4-percent of Oklahomans were out of work.

Today's figure translates to 125,000 Oklahomans out of work.

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Local & Regional
3:14 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

No Ruling on 918

Oklahoma City, OK – No decision today on the 918-area code's future. We are running out of numbers and the commission this morning was to have decided on one of two options for the area. One option would split the area code into two different sections. The other would allow everyone to keep the 918 area code, but all new numbers would be assigned a different code.

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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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