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2:36 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

H1N1 Update

Tulsa, OK – 7 more Oklahomans die from swine flu complications

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say seven more Oklahomans have died from complications of the swine flu.

The state Health Department says the deaths include two women and a boy from Tulsa county, a man and a woman from Oklahoma County, a boy in Garfield County and a man from Kay County.

There are now 28 deaths in the state attributed to complications from the swine flu which is also known as the H1N1 virus.

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

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1:17 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Housing Authority Update

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa housing voucher list to close

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Housing Authority is preparing to close a long waiting list for a program that helps low-income people pay for housing.

Applications will be accepted through Friday on the waiting list for Section 8 vouchers.

There are more than 7,000 families on the list. The program is at capacity with more than 4,500 vouchers issued.

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1:15 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Sinclair Cuts

The Sinclair Refinery in Tulsa is on Southwest Blvd.
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Tulsa, OK – Sinclair to cut work force at Tulsa refinery

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A spokesman for Sinclair Tulsa Refining Co. says jobs will be cut before Dallas-based Holly Corp. takes possession of the refinery.

John Goodwin said Wednesday the total number of jobs being cut will be announced later. He said he is one of those being let go and his last day will be Nov. 30. Goodwin says every employee being laid off has been notified.

The refinery has about 300 employees.

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9:47 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Critical Report of DHS

Tulsa, OK – Report: Treatment of kids in DHS care 'immoral'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A child welfare expert says five foster children in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services were scalded in bath water, sexually molested, beaten with tree switches and belts and hit in the mouth a pattern of abuse the expert called "outrageous and immoral."

The 121-page report by independent consultant Peg McCartt Hess was filed Wednesday afternoon in Tulsa federal court as part of a 2008 class-action lawsuit that accuses DHS of mistreating its foster children.

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9:45 am
Thu November 12, 2009

School Bus Accident

Nowata, OK – LENAPAH, Okla. (AP) Authorities say no one was hurt when a school bus carrying 27 elementary school students collided with a pickup truck in Nowata County in northern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Oklahoma Union school bus was turning from a private drive onto Oklahoma Highway 10 near Lenapah when the driver pulled in front of the oncoming truck about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The truck crashed into the driver's side of the bus.

The patrol says all the bus occupants, including students ranging in age from 7 to 10, were wearing seat belts.

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4:00 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

The Transition Begins

Kathy Taylor announced in June she would not seek re-election.
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Tulsa, OK – Mayor Kathy Taylor is anxious to get to work with Mayor-Elect Dewey Bartlett and his transition staff.

"It takes a lot of love for your city and strong will to file for election, and I want to thank each candidate for participating in the democratic process," Mayor Taylor said.

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12:49 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Dewey Defeats Tom

Bartlett speaks to reporters at a recent news conference
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Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Democratic state Sen. Tom Adelson has conceded the Tulsa mayor's race to Republican oilman Dewey Bartlett Jr.

With all 215 precincts reporting, unofficial election results showed Bartlett receiving 29,948 votes (44.95 percent) to 24,211 (36.34 percent) for Adelson.

Independents Mark Perkins and Lawrence Kirkpatrick lagged far behind, picking up 11,913 (17.88 percent) and 560 (0.84 percent) votes, respectively.

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10:10 am
Wed November 11, 2009

Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – Expert: Recreation on Illinois River has declined

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A professor estimates that about 30,000 fewer people floated in the Illinois River watershed in 2007 compared to two years earlier.

With Tuesday's testimony from Oklahoma State University professor Lowell Caneday, the state of Oklahoma hoped to suggest that decades of chicken manure pollution has made one of the state's top recreational areas less attractive to the public.

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9:58 am
Wed November 11, 2009

UPDATE: H1N1

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) State health officials say more people will be eligible for a swine flu vaccination as more of the vaccine arrives in Oklahoma. The priority groups for the vaccination has been expanded because about 80,000 doses of the vaccine is expected this week.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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9:52 am
Wed November 11, 2009

New Councilor: Crime Victim

26-year-old Jordan Christ was arrested after allegedly stealing Maria Barnes wallet.
Tulsa County Booking photo

Tulsa, OK – Newly elected City Councilor Maria Barnes becomes a crime victim while celebrating her election victory. Barnes was holding a watch party at the Casa Laredo Restaurant in downtown Tulsa last night. Police say an intoxicated 26-year-old Jordan Christ rifled through Barnes purse and stole her wallet, running from the business. The Councilor-elect and some supporters gave chase. Christ was caught several blocks away and held for Tulsa Police.

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