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4:30 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Oklahoma's Meth Madness

Oklahoma City, OK – Prescriptions urged for cold medicines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A doctor's prescription would be needed for what is currently an over-the-counter cold medication under a proposal by Oklahoma's top drug enforcement officer.

Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, says the proposal is designed to cut down on so-called shake-and-bake methamphetamine labs in Oklahoma.

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10:01 am
Thu October 1, 2009

McMahan Wants Conviction Tossed

Tulsa, OK – Convicted ex-auditor wants convictions thrown out

DENVER (AP) Former state Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his convictions on corruption-related charges.

McMahan is serving eight years and one month in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy in June 2008. He was convicted of taking illegal campaign contributions, trips and jewelry.

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10:00 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Update: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge in Oklahoma's lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies has reversed himself and will admit government reports on problems associated with chicken waste in the Illinois River valley and what to do about it.

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6:12 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Lawsuit Filed in E-Coli Case

Pryor, OK – PRYOR, Okla. (AP) A lawsuit has been filed against a Locust Grove restaurant seeking more than $3 million on behalf of 14 people sickened by an August 2008 outbreak of E. coli.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Mayes County District Court against the Country Cottage restaurant on behalf of 12 families. The plaintiffs are represented by a Pryor law firm and a Seattle, Wa.-based firm that specializes in foodborne illness litigation.

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6:09 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Kathy Taylor's Future

Mayor Kathy Taylor
City of Tulsa

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor will rejoin Governor Henry's staff when her term in office wraps up in December. Taylor will join the Governor's office as the Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation.

Her current Chief of Staff, Amy Polonchek, will also join Taylor in the office.

She was the State Commerce Secretary prior to running for Mayor of Tulsa in 2006. As with the Mayor's office, Taylor will not accept a salary.

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5:53 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Perkins Calls for Mayoral Civility

Mark Perkins addresses reporters at the Tulsa Press Club.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – My name is Mark Perkins and I am the Independent Choice for Mayor of Tulsa.

I have to wear two hats today. My candidate hat, and my citizen hat. Really it is the same hat; I am in this race because I wholeheartedly believe this city needs a new voice and a new approach.

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5:51 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Unemployment Rate Jumps

Oklahoma City, OK – The news is not good for those looking for work.

Tulsa's unemployment rate took another spike last month. The rate jumped to seven-point-one percent according to preliminary figures from the state department of Employment Security.

The Tulsa rate is at its highest point in over 15-years. This time last year, the rate was less than four percent.

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4:26 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Bartlett Picks Up County Endorsements

Sheriff Glanz and Commissioner Fred Perry flank Bartlett at Courthouse Plaza news conference.

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Mayoral Candidate Dewey Bartlett picked up the endorsement of top county Republicans. The County's relationship has been stormy under Taylor administration. Both sides filed lawsuits against each other over the use of the Tulsa Jail. There has also been bickering between the two governments over the Tulsa Fair Grounds which was annexed by the city.

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4:25 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

OG&E to Buy Wind Power

Oklahoma City, OK – OG&E to buy power from 2 planned wind farms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gas and Electric has agreed to buy power from two new wind farms that are planned for northwestern Oklahoma.

OG&E on Tuesday announced 20-year power-purchase agreements with the developers of the projects. CPV Keenan submitted a proposal to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in Woodward County while Edison Mission Energy plans to build a 130-megawatt facility in Dewey County near Taloga.

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4:08 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Bellmon's Funeral

Henry Bellmon
Oklahoma Libraries

Billings, OK – Funeral arrangements announced for Bellmon

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Funeral services have been scheduled for former Oklahoma governor and U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon.

Bellmon, Oklahoma's first Republican governor since statehood, died Tuesday at the age of 88.

Bellmon's former chief of staff, Andrew Tevington, says Bellmon's body will lie in state at the state Capitol on Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Members of his family and former staff will be present.

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