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10:00 am
Fri December 11, 2009

Oklahoma Health

Oklahoma City, OK – Health Improvement Plan unveiled

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A plan for improving the health outcomes of Oklahomans focuses on improving children's health and reducing obesity and tobacco use.

The report, titled the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, was released Thursday by Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma's health commissioner, and other state health officials.

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9:56 am
Fri December 11, 2009

Cherokees Buys Blue Ribbon

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The closed Blue Ribbon Downs horse racing track in Sallisaw has been bought by the Cherokee Nation. The track was shut down two weeks ago by the Choctaw Nation and the Cherokees announced its purchase of the facility yesterday.

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5:15 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Dollars for Clean-up

Drew Edmondson
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma will receive almost $40 million to fund environmental cleanup and restoration at contaminated mining sites in the state, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said today.

The funds are Oklahoma's share of a settlement reached by the federal government, 19 states, several tribal governments and American Smelting and Refining Co. LLC (ASARCO). The settlement is part of the Arizona company's bankruptcy reorganization.

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4:21 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Indian Gaming

KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Indian gaming revenue in Oklahoma now ranks second in the nation to California. A new report says trial casinos collected nearly $2.9 billion in 2008. California took in more than $7 billion, according to the Indian gaming Industry report for 2009-2010.

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Local & Regional
3:56 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Stimulus Water Line

Tulsa, OK –

Construction of a new water line in the intersection of West 23rd Street and Southwest Boulevard will require some lane closures this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. Traffic will be limited to one eastbound lane and one westbound lane on West 23rd Street between Southwest Boulevard and 1 blocks to the east. All lanes on West 23rd Street will reopen on Monday, Dec. 14.

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3:12 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

H1N1 Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Another week with no H1N1 deaths in Oklahoma. The state health department updated its statistics this morning.

There were a few H1N1 flu hospital admissions last week. That number appears to be down as well.

Health officials warn against becoming complacent. They fear a third H1N1 wave could hit in late winter to early spring.

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3:02 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Taylor Starts New Job

Kathy Taylor
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma City -- Gov. Brad Henry's Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation, Kathy Taylor, wants to hear from education stakeholders across the state next week as part of an effort to strengthen Oklahoma's bid for federal "Race to the Top" education grants.

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12:36 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Jail Inmate Hospitalized

Tulsa, OK – An inmate is rushed from the Tulsa County Jail with stab wounds. But, the wounds were apparently not inflicted while he was in the jail.

26-year-old Antonio Thomas was booked into the jail last night on a possession of a firearm after a felony conviction complaint. He was apparently stabbed prior to his arrest. A doctor at the jail, check Thomas this morning and decided he needed additional medical care.

He was transported by EMSA in fair condition to the OSU Medical Center.

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10:41 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Klan Killing

Covington, LA – New trial date in Klan recruit's death

COVINGTON, La. (AP) Another new trial date has been set for a Louisiana man charged with second-degree murder in the death of a would-be Ku Klux Klan recruit from Oklahoma in rural St. Tammany Parish.

Raymond Foster now is set for trial on Feb. 1.

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10:23 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Kiowa Tribe Off List

Lawton, OK – Kiowa Tribe removed from high risk status

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has removed the Kiowa Tribe from high risk status after more than 12 years.

Tribal Chairman Don Tofpi says the move allows the tribe to conduct business normally and apply for grants to support tribal programs.

The Kiowa were placed on high risk status in June 1997 for issues including misappropriation of funds, delinquent audits and financial reports and improper contracts.

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