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1:26 pm
Tue September 22, 2009

Future Energy Needs

State House Speaker Chris Benge of Tulsa.
Oklahoma House

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Energy experts say increasing Oklahoma's use of renewable energy could have tremendous benefits for the state, but policymakers say mandates aren't the way to achieve that goal.

At a forum on energy policy Monday at Oklahoma Christian University, House Speaker Chris Benge described renewable portfolio standards as a "non-starter" in the Oklahoma Legislature.

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11:27 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Gambling Up at State Casinos

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Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma casino revenue up

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma state finance officials say state revenue from casinos hit a high of $106 million in fiscal 2009 despite the national recession.

Casino revenue was $81.4 million in 2008, $46.8 million in 2007, $14.2 million in 2006 and $2.3 million in 2005. Nationally, gambling revenue to state and local government is down slightly.

Oklahoma gets part of each tribe's revenue from card games and gaming machines.

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10:32 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Flu Getting Worse

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma bracing for tough flu season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With Oklahoma already among the states hardest hit by swine flu, state health officials are bracing for even more problems once the traditional seasonal flu season begins in about a month.

Two deaths in Oklahoma have been blamed on the swine flu, or novel H1N1 virus, and nearly 30 people have been hospitalized so far this month, including 13 children.

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9:40 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Flavored Cigarettes Banned

Drew Edmondson-file photo from Tulsa news conferecne.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Attorney General Drew Edmondson today applauded a new federal law that bans flavored cigarettes from the market.

Effective today, as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the sale of cigarettes containing any characterizing flavors other than menthol will be illegal.

"This ban is an important step in the fight against youth smoking," Edmondson said. "State attorneys general across the nation have been pushing for this type of action for some time."

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4:59 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Charges Filed in Turnpike Wreck

Miami, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Ottawa County prosecutor has filed 10 counts of negligent homicide against the tractor-trailer driver who triggered a deadly pile-up on the Will Rogers Turnpike. Donald Creed was behind the wheel of a rig that plowed into a line of stopped cars June 26. Ten people were killed.

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4:57 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

TU's New Mascot

University of Tulsa-Sports Information

Tulsa, OK – The University of Tulsa unveiled today the new Captain Cane mascot.

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4:56 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Report: State Financial Stability

The Oklahoma State Capitol
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Oklahoma City, OK – State graded "C" for financial stability

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A national nonprofit group gives Oklahoma a grade of "C'' for the financial security of families in the state.

The Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington says Oklahoma performs well in housing measures. But it is falling behind in financial assets and health care.

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4:17 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Escaping the Dirty Air List

Tulsa, OK – On Saturday, September 26th at River Parks 41st Street Plaza, the Ozone Alert! Program will host a come-and-go End of Season event to celebrate the successful ozone season. The 19th Ozone Alert! Season officially ends with the Tulsa area staying off the Environmental Protection Agency's dirty air list. The end event will celebrate the choices that Tulsan's made all summer long have to keep our air healthy.

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4:16 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Tulsa Selected

The BOK Center

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Sports Commission and the University of Tulsa today announced Tulsa's selection to host a 2011 NCAA First-Second Round Division I Men's Basketball tournament at the BOK Center.

The Tulsa Sports Commission and host partner, the University of Tulsa, submitted a bid in May and hosted a site visit in August. In a news release from the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, the current chair, Dan Guerrero, director of athletics at UCLA, estimated approximately 70 cities submitted bids.

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4:16 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Tulsa Selected

The BOK Center

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Sports Commission and the University of Tulsa today announced Tulsa's selection to host a 2011 NCAA First-Second Round Division I Men's Basketball tournament at the BOK Center.

The Tulsa Sports Commission and host partner, the University of Tulsa, submitted a bid in May and hosted a site visit in August. In a news release from the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, the current chair, Dan Guerrero, director of athletics at UCLA, estimated approximately 70 cities submitted bids.

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