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6:17 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

Henry Bellmon Passes

Former Governor and U.S. Senator Henry Bellmon.
Oklahoma Libraries

Enid, OK – In an interview earlier this year with John Erling's VoicesofOklahoma.com project, Bellmon disucssed the night Richard Nixon told him he would resign the presidency. You may hear more of the interview at VoicesofOklahoma.com


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The former chief of staff for Henry Bellmon says the former Oklahoma governor and U.S. Senator has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

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Local & Regional
3:57 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

Governor Henry Remembers Bellmon

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry today ordered that all flags on state property will be flown at half staff in honor of former governor and U.S. Senator Henry Bellmon, who died this morning at the age of 88.

"Oklahoma today mourns the passing of a legend," Gov. Henry said.

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Local & Regional
3:22 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

Jim Inhofe Remembers Bellmon

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement regarding the death of former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon:


"I am saddened to hear of Henry Bellmon's death today. Back when Bellmon first ran for office, my dad was one of his earliest supporters. When he first won the governor's race, he often credited my dad for his early support. I have always thought that my dad supported Bellmon early on because they had a similar background rooted in rural America.

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Local & Regional
3:08 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

Drug Sweep

Agents raid a home in Miami.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics

Miami, OK – MIAMI, Okla. (AP) State drug agents have arrested 43 people in northeastern Oklahoma following an undercover investigation.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control spokesman Mark Woodward said Tuesday the investigation in May and June led to drug buys from 71 people in the Miami, Jay and Grove areas.

He says there are warrants for the arrest of all 71.

Woodward says undercover agents bought methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs during the investigation.

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Local & Regional
12:09 pm
Tue September 29, 2009

Flu Closes Schools

Tulsa, OK – 2 SE Okla. school districts close because of flu

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Officials in two small southeastern Oklahoma school districts have called off classes temporarily after dozens of students developed a flu-like illness.

Schools in Roff, in Pontotoc County, and Haworth, in McCurtain County, could reopen early next week.

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Local & Regional
11:31 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Stimulus Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Lawyer claims state improperly spent stimulus $

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma City attorney claims in a lawsuit that the state is improperly spending federal stimulus money.

Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit with the state Supreme Court saying the state didn't get the money certified through the state Equalization Board. The board certifies how much money lawmakers have to spend each fiscal year.

More than $600 million in federal stimulus money was used to balance the 2010 fiscal year budget.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Tue September 29, 2009

UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma wants a judge to scold 11 Arkansas poultry companies for violating court rules and making other distortions last week during opening arguments in a federal pollution trial.

The complaint filed Monday in Tulsa federal court accuses the industry of suggesting that Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson was suing the companies to benefit his own interests, instead of the state's.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Children and Assistance

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A U.S. Census Bureau report shows nearly 24 percent of Oklahoma families with children younger than 18 received some type of public assistance in 2008.

Public assistance includes food stamps and food stamp use in Oklahoma was at a record high of nearly 492,000 in June.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Arena Football

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Arena football isn't dead yet.

Officials from what will be known as Arena Football 1 say they will have 16 teams, including four in markets where the former Arena Football League had clubs: Chicago, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Orlando, Fla.

The league will also have teams from the AFL spinoff, arenafootball2, as well as at least one team from another indoor league.

Play would begin in 2010.

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Local & Regional
5:11 pm
Mon September 28, 2009

Driller's Garage Sale

The old Driller Stadium is now empty.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Mementos to fans as Drillers exit home

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Some Tulsa Drillers fans have taken home a piece of their team's old ballpark.

The Drillers held the minor league baseball version of a yard sale on Saturday. The team sold off items it won't need when it moves to a new downtown ballpark in time for next season.

Team owner Chuck Lamson says the sale gave fans a chance to own a piece of Driller's history.

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