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2:36 pm
Thu September 3, 2009

State Senator Opposed President's Speech

Steve Russell (R) Midwest City
Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – There is a tremendous difference between education and indoctrination and citizens and parents in every city, county and state of the nation need to pay very close attention to what is planned for September 8, 2009. That's according to State Sen. Steve Russell, who said he has been inundated with concern from constituents following news reports that President Obama planned a satellite address to the nation's school children this coming Tuesday.

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11:54 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Fair and the Flu

The Golden Driller on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa State Fair is still a month away, but there are concerns about fairs and the flu. Some fairs across the nation are going to extremes to keep people and livestock apart. Brandi Herdon is the Ag-Business Manager for the Tulsa State Fair.

She says people will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after visiting the livestock exhibits.

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10:02 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Tribal Development in South Tulsa/North Bixby

A street sign marks the intersection at 121st and South Yale Avenue.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa councilor to release development plans

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa city councilor says he's obtained a copy of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's conceptual site plan for a proposed south Tulsa development and Arkansas River bridge.

Councilor Bill Christiansen says he plans to divulge the plan at the City Council meeting Thursday night.

The development is proposed for a large tract of land on the northeast edge of the Arkansas River east of Yale Avenue and south of 121st Street.

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1:44 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Oklahoma Gets Federal Help

Oklahoma City, OK – Government approves disaster designation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved all 77 Oklahoma counties for a federal disaster designation due to extreme weather conditions during the past year.

Gov. Brad Henry said Wednesday farmers and ranchers in the state are eligible for low-interest Farm Service Agency loans to cover losses caused by extreme weather between September 2008 and June of this year.

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1:40 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

New Indictment

McAlester, OK – A grand jury indictment unsealed today alleges new charges of child molestation against a man about to be released from custody after serving time for child sexual abuse.

David Harold Earls is accused of three counts of lewd and lascivious or indecent acts with a child under 16, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

The grand jury accused Earls, 65, of molesting two children, one 5 years old and the other 6 years old, between May 9, 2008, and July 20, 2008. The indictment alleges Earls touched the children "in a lewd and lascivious manner."

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1:27 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Rather Than Getting Jobs---Stillwater Plant Could Face Cuts

Fond Du Lac, Wis. – Okla. plant to lose jobs if concessions pass

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) A Mercury Marine spokesman says some jobs at its Stillwater, Okla., plant will be eliminated if the labor union at its Fond du Lac plant approves a package of wage and benefit concessions.

Steve Fleming said Wednesday that some work from Oklahoma, but not all of it, will be shifted to Fond du Lac if union members voting Thursday and Friday approve the concessions. He had no other details.

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9:42 am
Wed September 2, 2009

UPDATE: Swine Flu

Tulsa Health Department Director Gary Cox at a recent news conference on Swine Flu.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Expert: Swine flu remains mild in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of one of Oklahoma's largest local health departments says swine flu is the state's most immediate health concern.

Tulsa City-County Health Department director Gary Cox said Tuesday most cases of the virus, also known as H1N1, have been mild in Oklahoma. But Cox also says health authorities are monitoring the virus carefully, especially with the start of the school year.

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9:41 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Fireworks Over Fire Fighters

City Hall at One-Technology Center
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, OK – City Council members lash out at the City Attorney over campaigning fire fighters.

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9:37 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Tulsa Bike Fatal

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Tulsa, OK – Bicyclist struck, killed in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Authorities have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly bicyclist in Tulsa.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said Tuesday that 28-year-old Roberto Salvador Alvelais-Torres had been taken into custody.

Alvelais-Torres is suspected of being the driver whose vehicle hit 74-year-old Beverly Duffield as she rode her bike on Southwest Boulevard near U.S. 75.

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9:30 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Rehab for Foreclosed Homes

Oklahoma City, OK – OKC agency gets $5.2M to rehab foreclosed homes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A nonprofit Oklahoma City agency has received $5.2 million from the federal government to buy foreclosed homes and rehabilitate them for sale to low-to-moderate-income families.

Officials from the Neighborhood Housing Services of Oklahoma City on Wednesday will give media members a tour of one of the first foreclosed homes the agency will purchase with the grant money.

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