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4:25 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Major Drug Bust in Stillwater

Agents raid a mobile home at Stillwater.
OBN photo

Stillwater, OK – OBN, Stillwater police make drug-related arrests

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Stillwater police and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents have announced 64 arrest warrants for people illegally buying pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is a key component in making methamphetamine and customers are limited by state law to buying 9-grams per month without a prescription. It's found in many over-the-counter cold medications.

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4:25 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Education Funding

Oklahoma City, OK – Education board wants use of Rainy Day Fund now

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state Board of Education is calling in a resolution for the immediate use of money from Oklahoma's Rainy Day Fund, citing dire funding circumstances for the state's schools.

Declining revenues have resulted in a 5 percent cut in allocations to all state agencies, and state Superintendent Sandy Garrett said Tuesday education has been even more hard hit because of a drop in revenue from a state fund set aside for education.

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4:16 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Special Session More Likely

File photo of Brad Henry.
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry says he'd consider January special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry says he's open to the idea of a legislative special session in January because of what he calls continued uncertainty in the state's fiscal forecasts.

Henry said in a statement Tuesday that ultimate budget decisions will depend on revenue estimates from next month's meeting of the state Board of Equalization.

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Local & Regional
2:30 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Out of City Cop Cars Illegal?

Tulsa, OK – Taking home police squad cars out of the city limits may not be legal. City Councilor Bill Martinson has asked for a charter review.


Council attorney Drew Rees says it is his opinion that the agreement violates the city charter. The agreement is part of the Fraternal Order of Police' contract with the city.

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2:29 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

H1N1 Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Swine flu vaccine now available to all Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say the swine flu vaccine is now available to all Oklahomans.

The H1N1 vaccine had initially been reserved for priority groups such as children and pregnant women.

The state Health Department on Tuesday announced that about 90,000 doses of the vaccine are expected in the state this week. The doses include both nasal spray and injectable vaccines.

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Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

New Media

Tulsa, OK – Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR (STF | PR) and McAfee & Taft will present New Media University: Online or Out of Line? Social Media and Your Employees from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 at OSU-Tulsa.

Topics to be covered include an overview of the social media landscape, tools for implementing social media policy in the workplace and how engaging in social media helps or hurts a company's image and productivity.

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9:47 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Tax Fraud

Tulsa, OK – Okla. preacher, Ark. lawyer convicted in tax case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma preacher and an Arkansas lawyer accused of conspiring to conceal the preacher's income from tax authorities have been convicted in federal court.

Lindsey Springer of Kellyville, Okla., and Oscar Stilley of Fort Smith, Ark., were charged in a March 10 indictment in U.S. District Court in Tulsa with conspiring to defraud the United States. Their convictions were announced Monday by the U.S. attorney's office.

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Local & Regional
1:15 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

State Gets 1st Taste of Winter

Texas and Cimirron Counties are the western most counties in Oklahoma.
KWGS Map

Guymon, OK –
Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews in the Panhandle report slick and snow packed roads in Texas and Cimarron Counties. ODOT crews are out clearing and sanding/salting bridges and roadways as needed. While there are currently no roads closed, conditions are poor and motorists are asked to drive cautiously.

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1:11 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Store to Reopen in North Tulsa

The store has been closed since Albertson's left Oklahoma several years ago.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Kathy Taylor today applauded the efforts of a business development team, including members of the City's staff and the local community, who worked to attract a new grocery store to the former Albertons location at Pine Street and Peoria Avenue. Local businessman and owner Antonio Perez announced today that Gateway Market is set to open in mid-January.

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9:39 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Rainy Day Fund

The Oklahoma State Capitol.
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK –

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With Oklahoma facing budget cuts because of the economic downturn the governor and legislative leaders have different ideas on use of the state's Rainy Day Fund.

The budget is on a pace that would be about $1 billion short of estimates and state agencies have already been ordered to cut budgets by 5 percent.

The Rainy Day Fund has about $600 million in it and Gov. Brad Henry prefers using most of that money to get through this fiscal year.

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