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12:57 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

The Future of the 918

Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is scheduled to vote Friday on what plan to institute in the 918 area code to deal with the predicted exhaust of available phone numbers.

The Commission has two choices: 1) Overlay or 2) Split.

In an overlay, all existing numbers would keep the old 918 area code. Eventually all new numbers would get a new area code.

In a split, the existing 918 area code's geographic area is split into two parts, with one part keeping the 918 area code and the other part getting a new area code.

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Local & Regional
12:57 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Lines are long at North Tulsa Job Fair

The line is long at the Rudisill Library for supermarket job fair.
KWGS News Photo

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Local & Regional
10:02 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Infant Mortality Rate Alarming

Tulsa, OK – A new report shows Tulsa's infant mortality rate is above, not only the state but the national average. Kassie Prather with the Tulsa City-County Health Department says may deaths that were once thought of as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are actually the result of unsafe sleep practices. Hear our special report:

For more information: http://tulsababies.com/

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Local & Regional
9:20 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Lawmakers Praised by Higher Ed

Representative Lucky Lamons and Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson look on as House Speaker Chris Benge accepts his award.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge of Berryhill and Rep. Lucky Lamons of Tulsa were presented with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Council of Presidents at a ceremony Wednesday at the West Campus of Tulsa Community College. OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, OSRHE State Regent Stuart Price and TCC President Tom McKeon recognized Benge and Lamons for their ongoing work for the continued success of higher education in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
9:11 am
Thu December 17, 2009

More Fuel Efficient Rental Care

Dollar-Thrift headquarters on East 31st Street in Tulsa
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Dollar Thrifty boosts mileage of rental car fleet

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group says it expects its fleet of rental vehicles will be about 10 percent more fuel-efficient after recent purchases of new car models.

Dollar Thrifty said more than 40 percent of its 2010 model year purchases were cars with highway ratings of more than 30 miles per gallon. Only about 10 percent of the 2009 models Dollar Thrifty bought met that mileage threshold.

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9:08 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Giraffe Review Requested

Tulsa, OK – GIRAFFE REVIEW REQUESTED

In response to the Tulsa City Council's concern expressed in Tuesday's committee meetings, and after conferring with Council Chairman Rick Westcott today, Mayor Dewey Bartlett has asked City Auditor Preston Doerflinger to undertake a review of all circumstances surrounding the transport and delivery of a Tulsa Zoo giraffe.

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Local & Regional
2:47 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Oral Roberts Memorial

Oral Roberts, earlier this year.
Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, OK – A public memorial service to honor evangelist Oral Roberts, founder of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University, who died yesterday, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Central Time, Monday, Dec. 21 at the Mabee Center on the campus of ORU, 7777 South Lewis Ave., at the corner of 81st St. and Lewis Ave., Tulsa.

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2:44 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Law Enforcement Co-op

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett is looking at forming a partnership with the county sheriff's office. The mayor says if the city has to trim additional police officers he would like to out-source some duties to the sheriff.

So far, there has been just one conversation. Mayor Bartlett says Sheriff Glanz was open to the idea.

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1:09 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Poultry Lawsuit Update

Tulsa, OK – Judge dismissed key claim in poultry lawsuit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has dismissed one of Oklahoma s key claims in the state's pollution lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies.

U.S. District Judge Greg Frizzell on Tuesday ruled that bird manure isn't "solid waste" under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976.

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9:45 am
Wed December 16, 2009

Tax Credit Limbo

One of the vehicles in question.
Ada Electric Cars

Tulsa, OK – Okla. high court says judge had no jurisdiction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a judge didn't have jurisdiction when he ruled that a state tax credit for electric cars would apply to buyers of all such vehicles, contrary to a rule adopted by the Oklahoma Tax Commission but then withdrawn.

The high court's decision Monday, combined with the tax commission's actions, may leave some recent purchasers in limbo.

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