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3:34 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Tulsa's Economic Future

Tulsa, OK – What is in our economic future?


In today's report, KWGS' John Durkee talks with Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Economist Bob Ball. Ball reviews Tulsa latest unemployment figures plus looks into his crystal ball.

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12:05 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Open Records

Muskogee County in red.
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Muskogee, OK – Former clerk gets suspended sentence

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The former clerk and treasurer in Boynton has pleaded guilty to two counts of violating Oklahoma's Open Records Act for refusing to let town trustees see water department records.

Pauline Osburn was given a suspended sentence following her plea Monday.

The 73-year-old woman, who resigned in May, also is required to pay a $250 fine on each count, plus court costs of about $800 and a monthly probation supervision fee of $40 per month.

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12:03 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine Arrives

Oklahoma City, OK – First doses of swine flu vaccine arrive in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The first doses of the much-anticipated swine flu vaccine are arriving in Oklahoma and county health departments are developing distribution plans.

The Oklahoma and Cleveland County health departments are reporting that their allotment of the vaccine arrived Monday and state Health Department spokeswoman Leslea Bennett-Webb says it's anticipated most county health departments will have their vaccine by Tuesday.

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10:22 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Schools Reopen

Oklahoma City, OK – Schools closed by flu-like illness have reopened

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two Oklahoma school districts that closed last week because of flu-like illnesses have reopened.

The Roff district in Pontotoc County and the Haworth district in McCurtain County both resumed classes Monday.

Roff was closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after 200 students in the 347 student district were absent. Haworth was closed all last week after absence rates of 20 to 25 percent of its 600 students.

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5:10 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – Poultry attorney questions official over sampling

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An attorney for the Arkansas poultry industry has repeatedly questioned an Oklahoma state official about why he didn't want to know more about the results of two water samples taken from his property.

On Monday, Ed Fite, the director of Oklahoma's Scenic Rivers Commission, said he didn't participate in the sampling, and only gave the team directions to his property.

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4:54 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Domestic Violence Month

File Photo of Drew Edmondson at a Tulsa News Conference

Oklahoma City, OK – Crime's impact on every aspect of our society is clear to Attorney General Drew Edmondson, and that's why he is concerned that Oklahoma is included on a very short list of states that does not prohibit insurers from viewing domestic violence injuries as pre-existing conditions.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Attorney General Drew Edmondson said now is the perfect time to focus not only on the crime but also how it radiates outside its traditional parameters.

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4:18 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

TU Lecture Update

Dr. Spoo in the KWGS Studio
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Tulsa, OK – Dr. Robert Spoo, associate professor of law at The University of Tulsa College of Law, will recount some of his experiences clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court's newest justice, Sonia Sotomayor, and provide his analysis of the upcoming 2009-10 court session during a free CLE hosted by the TU College of Law.

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2:14 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

H1N1 Hotline

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Health Dept. activates swine flu hotline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a statewide toll-free hot line for those who have questions about swine flu.

The hot line number is 1-866-278-7134 and it will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time on Monday through Friday. The health department says those hours could be expanded if it is necessary.

Oklahoma is among 27 states that are reporting widespread influenza activity as of Monday.

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9:16 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Trooper in Trouble

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Tulsa, OK – Okla. trooper again accused of excessive force

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma trooper previously suspended for fighting with an ambulance driver is on paid administrative leave after being accused of using excessive force.

Trooper Daniel Martin is accused of beating Khristopher Douglas of Holdenville. Douglas says he was at a friend's home helping with renovations Saturday when troopers pulled up to handle an apparent traffic stop.

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9:13 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Senior Meals Cut

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget cuts to mean fewer hot meals for needy srs.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Officials who provide services to the elderly say recent budget cuts will mean fewer hot meals for frail and isolated senior citizens.

The Commission for Human Services has cut $14.6 million from its budget because of a drop in state revenue. The cuts include $7.4 million to the Aging Services Division that includes the senior nutrition program.

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