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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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Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Tue October 27, 2009

Police Lay-offs

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa city officials are to meet with 21 police officers who face a possible layoff.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at police headquarters in downtown Tulsa.

Mayor Kathy Taylor is looking for ways to cut about $6 million from the city budget because of falling sales tax revenue during the economic downturn.

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11:04 am
Tue October 27, 2009

New Tulsa Judges

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry today made two appointments to the 14th Judicial District in Tulsa County. The Governor appointed Carlos Chappelle to Office 6 and Kurt G. Glassco to Office 14.

Gov. Henry said he is certain both appointees will be outstanding jurists.

"It is my privilege to appoint to the bench people of such tremendous experience and abilities," he said.

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10:22 am
Tue October 27, 2009

Flu Shots

Tulsa, OK – (Tulsa, OK) Limited amounts of H1N1 vaccine continue to arrive in Tulsa. Unfortunately at this time, there is not a large enough supply to make H1N1 vaccine available to the general public. The federal government has ordered 250 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine which means that essentially anyone who wishes to receive the vaccine will eventually be able to do so.

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9:42 am
Tue October 27, 2009

City Budget Cuts

Mayor Taylor gives reporters a briefing on budget cuts that were implemented today.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – As previously announced, and as has been seen throughout the country in other cities and states, the City of Tulsa announced it will tighten its budget by further reducing its expenses in order to meet a projected revenue shortfall.

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3:20 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

Home Plate Moved

Home plate is installed at the new downtown baseball stadium.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Home plate was air-lifted, via a helicopter, from the old Driller's Stadium at the Tulsa fairgrounds to the new Oneok Field in downtown Tulsa this afternoon.

On hand to help set the plate were Mayor Taylor, Drillers' owner Chuck Lamson, Tulsa Stadium Trust Chairman Stan Lybarger and Chamber of Commerce President Mike Neal.

The Drillers will play their first game at the new stadium in April of next year.

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1:29 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

Cut Backs at Tulsa City Hall

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will meet in a special session on Tuesday. The lawmakers will be discussing ways to save the city money.

With sales tax revenue shortages growing, the city is looking at a five-to-six million dollar shortfall. That will mean additions cuts and possible lay-offs and more furlough days for city workers. Workers are already off eight days this budget year with out pay.

The special session begins at 11:30 tomorrow morning. KWGS News will be there.

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