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8:44 am
Fri October 30, 2009

H1N1 Update

People line up at the TCC North East Campus to get free H1N1 flu shots.
Brad Gibson

Tulsa, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma health officials say at least 18 people have now died of complications from swine flu.This has an estimated 1,000 people lined up at the Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus for free H1N1 vaccinations.

According to the Oklahoma State Health Department's weekly update on H1N1 activity released Thursday, six influenza-associated deaths were reported between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24.

Seventeen deaths have been attributed to swine flu since Sept. 1, and one death was reported in June.

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8:23 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Shotgun Blast Fired at Webster High School

Tulsa Police cars block the street in front of Webster High School.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Public Schools Police and Tulsa Police are investigating a drive-by shooting at Tulsa's Webster High School. It happened just before school was released when a car sped by and an occupant fired----what appeared to be a shotgun--- at the school.

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3:38 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

Soggy Tulsa

Numerous roads, like this one in Bixby, were closed by swift rising water.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Heavy rain fell on Tulsa on Thursday. The National Weather Service says the Tulsa Metro received three to four inches of rain. That prompted the NWS to issue a Flash Flood Warning for Tulsa and several of the adjacent counties.

The rain caused flooding at the usual locations, like this Bixby neighborhood, pictured here. While there were some blocked roads, no major problems were reported.

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11:13 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Your Health Care

OU's Doctor David Kendrick discusses proposal at Tulsa's City Hall.
KWGS photo

Tulsa, OK –
An unprecedented consortium of local health care providers and organizations known as the Greater Tulsa Health Access Network (Greater T.H.A.N.), announced today a plan to implement Health Information Exchange (HIE) across the Tulsa region for the betterment of healthcare quality and access and the convenience and safety of patients throughout the region. These efforts have been further encouraged by the need to respond to a federal mandate for HIE in the Tulsa region.

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2:53 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Text of AA Employee Letter

A jet inside the new American Airlines hangar in Tulsa.

Tulsa, OK – Carmine J. Romano
Senior Vice President
Maintenance & Engineering
October 28, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Today we are announcing a difficult but important step in resizing and reshaping our M&E operation. As American, like the rest of the industry, continues to reduce capacity, we must be strategic in structuring a maintenance system that serves the needs of the fleet we fly today as well as the plans in place for our
airline in the future.

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1:40 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

American Closes KC Base

Kansas City, MO – American Airlines will close KC base

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines says it will close a Kansas City, Mo., maintenance base next September because reduced flying means less need for such facilities.

The company told employees about the move in a letter Wednesday.

Maintenance senior vice president Carmine J. Romano says the closure is "a difficult but important step" to reduce the airline's maintenance program as it cuts back on flights.

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11:12 am
Wed October 28, 2009

FOP asked to Leave Patrol Cars at station

District #-2 City Councilor Rick Westcott.
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Council Rick Westcott is calling on the Fraternal Order of Police to work with the city during lean-times. He is asking the FOP not to take police cars out of the city limits.

He says that would keep the 21-laid-off officers working and the police choppers in the air. Plus, he says the city would still have its federal stimulus money to add officers to the force.

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9:48 am
Wed October 28, 2009

Trooper Cleared

Oklahoma City, OK – OHP clears trooper's actions during arrest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there will be no disciplinary action against a trooper seen in a television news video punching a man in the back as the man lay face down while being arrested.

The incident came at the end of a chase in which Christopher Harrell was arrested. Troopers say Harrell had sped away from an attempted traffic stop before he turned around and went back in the direction of the troopers.

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9:46 am
Wed October 28, 2009

State Needs

Oklahoma City, OK – Transportation director to discuss needs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley plans to reveal the long-term needs of state roads and bridges.

Ridley is scheduled to address members of the Oklahoma ROADS Task Force Wednesday. The task force is comprised of lawmakers as well as city and county officials and other groups interested in transportation improvements.

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9:43 am
Wed October 28, 2009

Teen Dies of Virus

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A 13-year-old Oklahoma City girl has died of swine flu complications after fighting the H1N1 virus for nearly a month.

Spokesman Allen Poston at The Children's Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center says Natesha Hart died Monday night.

The girl was an eighth-grader at Taft Middle School.

School and hospital officials declined to discuss the girl because of privacy concerns.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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