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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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Local & Regional
10:10 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Child Abuse

Fairview, OK – Family plead no contest to abusing adopted girl

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) A Fairview couple and their son and daughter have pleaded no contest to abusing a girl the couple adopted in 2005.

Fifty-two-year-old Ardee Tyler and 46-year-old Penny Tyler each pleaded no contest in Major County District Court to one felony count of child abuse. Twenty-year-old Ashton Tyler pleaded no contest to rape by instrumentation and 21-year-old Nathania Tyler pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

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Local & Regional
4:54 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

Poultry Lawsuit Update

Tulsa, OK – Judge blocks introduction of partial test records

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has blocked the state of Oklahoma's attempt to introduce a portion of soil test records from 50 chicken farms in its pollution lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell instead ordered Oklahoma on Wednesday to submit the records of each operation going back to 1998, when the record-keeping began.

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Local & Regional
4:52 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

Inhofe and the Environment

Jim Inhofe

Oklahoma City, OK – Inhofe says he opposes emission standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Sen. Jim Inhofe says he opposes a government proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020.

The Oklahoma Republican says he plans to travel to a climate conference in Europe next week to tell participants the proposal has little support in the U.S. Senate.

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Local & Regional
12:04 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

Election Results

KWGS File Photo

Tulsa, OK – Voters in Rogers County agreed to extend a sales tax to pay for a new courthouse and 911 center while those in Love County agreed to a fee on landline phones to pay for enhanced 911 service. And voters approved bond issues for construction and transportation projects in the Broken Arrow, Jenks, Kiefer, Norman, Newcastle, Latta and Middleburg school districts.

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Local & Regional
12:02 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

Cop Cars Repossessed

Vinita, OK –

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) An Oklahoma car dealership is suing a southeast Louisiana town for allegedly failing to pay for two police vehicles.

Napoleonville's police department planned to purchase two 2009 Dodge Chargers with federal stimulus money, but Mayor Ron Animashaun says the money was late in arriving due to a delay in submitting the necessary paperwork.

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Local & Regional
6:33 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Local Grand Jury Indictments

Tulsa, OK – Thomas Scott Woodward, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of
Oklahoma, announces the results of the December 2009 Federal Grand Jury.
The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing the defendant of alleged violations which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome the defendant's presumption of innocence.

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Local & Regional
6:11 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Tulsa Revenue Down Again

Tulsa, OK – The November Oklahoma Tax Commission report to the City of Tulsa shows Tulsa's major revenue sources for general fund operations are still in steep decline. The report, representing sales tax and use tax collected from mid- October to mid-November, was received Tuesday.

City of Tulsa sales tax collections dropped $2,681,917 million from $18,476,382 million to $15,794,465 million, representing a 14.5 percent drop below the previous year. The collections are 4.9 percent below budget estimate for the month.

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Local & Regional
6:05 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

Students Hurt in Wreck

Tulsa, OK – A a rear-ending traffic accident leaves over a dozen Jenks School children injured.

The accident involved two Jenks buses. EMSA says none of the injuries were life threatening. 15 students were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. Parents of the injured students have been notified. The kids elementary shcool students.

The accident happened just before 4PM near 91st and South Harvard.

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Local & Regional
6:01 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

New Leadership at City Hall

Mayor Bartlett meets with his management team in the 15th floor conference room at City Hall.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett spends his first day since taking over the reins of city government in Tulsa meeting with city workers. He met with department heads this morning and plans to spend time meeting the rank and file workers as well.

The Mayor says he is trying to get acquainted as rapidly as possible with city government. He met this morning with City Finance Director Mile Kier for a quick budget primer.

He did get trapped in the city hall freight elevator while moving into his office. That elevator requires a special code to operate.

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