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6:08 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

The Tulsa Olympics?

Tulsa, OK – Council hears plan on Olympics bid


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A committee has presented city leaders with a pitch to make a bid to host the 2020 summer Olympic games.

The Tulsa 2020 Committee on Tuesday told city councilors it would raise private funds to conduct a campaign, but it would need the mayor and council's approval to apply.

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6:07 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

New Unemployment Record

Oklahoma City, OK – State unemployment claims set record


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma has set a new record for unemployment claims as the impact of the global recession continues to be felt in the state.

John Carpenter of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Tuesday the state paid out $20.8 million last week on 64,190 claims. Carpenter says that's an all-time record and that the commission has been setting new unemployment claims records since the beginning of the year.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Economic Recovery

Omaha, NE – Economist: Midwest economy on the mend

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey of supply managers and other business executives in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests that for the first time in almost a year, the economy is expanding.

The Mid-America Business Conditions index released Monday rose to 51.7 in July from June's 49.3. July's index was the first time since August 2008 that it rose above growth-neutral 50.

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7:54 am
Tue August 4, 2009

EPA Fines

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Washington, D.C. – EPA fines Osage County oil facilities


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed a $1,900 fine against two Osage County oil production facilities.

The EPA said Tuesday the fine followed an inspection of the facilities, known as the Velma Chinn Lease Battery and the Larry Chinn Tank Battery. The agency says the facilities violated federal rules regarding spill prevention, control and countermeasures.

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6:21 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Furloughs Called Off

Oklahoma City, OK – Furloughs canceled at Corporation Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A plan to close the Oklahoma Corporation Commission one day a month and place employees on unpaid leave has been canceled.

Members of the three-member commission canceled the furlough plan on Monday. They say it became unnecessary after some internal cost cutting and approval by legislative and administration officials for the agency to broaden its use of existing revenue.

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5:43 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Turnpike Debate

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Owasso, OK – State Senator Randy Brogdon, Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations sub-committee, said it was time to look at reforming the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA). After the OTA approved toll hikes of 16 percent, Brogdon called for restricting the ability of the OTA to raise tolls--especially at a time when the economy and Oklahoma's citizens are already suffering.

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4:11 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

New Information: On Deadly Trunpike Crash

Tulsa, OK – Report: Driver inattention caused turnpike wreck

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report says the inattention of the driver of a tractor-trailer led to a wreck on the Will Rogers Turnpike that killed 10 people.

The OHP issued the 32-page report on Monday, detailing what its investigators determined while looking into the June 26 wreck in far northeastern Oklahoma, about eight miles northeast of Miami in Ottawa County.

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2:21 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

UPDATE: Missing Toddler

Claremore, OK – Search on for missing 2-year-old at Oologah Lake

OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) Authorities say more than 100 people are searching for a 2-year-old girl who has disappeared from a campground at Oologah Lake.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says the girl was reported missing about 2 a.m. Monday from the Hawthorn Bluff campground.

Her name has not been released.

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2:14 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

High Speed Rail for Tulsa?

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved $63 million for the next phase of the Crosstown Expressway project in Oklahoma City.

Officials said Monday that this part of the $600 million project is the most complex because of extensive work involving city streets, rail lines, drainage and other work.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Gary Ridley also said the agency has applied for money from President Obama's high-speed rail plan.

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2:13 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

UPDATE: Missing Toddler-OK

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Claremore, OK – OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a 2-year-old girl who disappeared from a campground at Oologah Lake has been found alive.

Searchers on horseback say they found the girl walking along a road confused but okay.

Rescue crews say they heard the girl calling for her father and found her. She was taken to a Claremore hospital as a precaution.

Her name hasn't been released.

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