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1:56 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Tulsa County Energy

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County is getting a little greener. The County Commission has signed Johnson Controls to an energy saving performance contract.

The County's Terry Simonson says the company will review and make improvements to up to 40- county buildings.

The work would cover the county courthouse, the jail, fairgrounds and even the county owned parks and recreation centers.

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1:44 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Education Task Force

Oklahoma City, OK – legislative task force to review the 2005 Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, August 25 at the State Capitol.

Sen. John Ford, Senate Education Chair, was author of the legislation creating the task force to conduct a comprehensive review of ACE and determine whether the program should be modified to better meet its objectives. The task force will be co-chaired by Representative Ann Coody, R-Lawton.

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Local & Regional
1:24 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Gary Cox Steps Down at THD

Tulsa, OK – (Tulsa, OK) After fourteen years as Director and forty years at the Tulsa Health Department, Director Gary Cox has announced his resignation effective September 30, 2009. Mr. Cox has accepted a position as the Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. "I would like to thank the Board of Health, employees, and community for their support and for the great accomplishments to serve this community.

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Local & Regional
1:24 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Wisconsin's Loss-Oklahoma's Gain

Fond Du Lac, Wis. – Wis. governor urges more talks at Mercury Marine

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says he's disappointed that union workers at Mercury Marine have rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions.

The boat engine maker says that as a result of Sunday's vote, it will move many of its Fond du Lac manufacturing operations to its facility in Oklahoma over the next two to three years.

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9:17 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Fire Damages School

Greasy,OK – GREASY, Okla. (AP) Classes will be held in the community center after flames destroyed the town's small school.

The school, with about 80 students, caught fire Thursday night, and was reduced to rubble by the time students awoke Friday morning.

"The roof had pretty well collapsed on both buildings," Greasy Volunteer Fire Chief Jody Fletcher said. "It was pretty much on the ground when we got here."

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Local & Regional
9:53 am
Sun August 23, 2009

Unemployment Jumps Again

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's jobless rate continues climb


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials report Oklahoma's jobless rate is continuing to rise, reaching its highest level in 15 years.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday the state's unemployment rate climbed in July to 6.5 percent from 6.4 percent the previous month.

Compared with July 2008, Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted rate grew by 2.6 percentage points.

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9:48 am
Sun August 23, 2009

"Liquor By the Drink" in Kiowa County

Hobart, OK – Mixed drinks flowing in Kiowa Co.


HOBART, Okla. (AP) For the first time in the history of Kiowa County, residents can saddle up to the bar and order a mixed drink.

The Longbranch Saloon in Hobart last week became the first establishment in the county to take advantage of a liquor-by-the-drink proposal approved by county voters last year. Fifty-four percent of voters approved the proposal in November's general election.

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Local & Regional
9:46 am
Sat August 22, 2009

Oklahoma's Money Woes

Oklahoma City, OK – Energy industry still keys Oklahoma economy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The latest revenue shortfall in Oklahoma is another reminder that despite efforts to diversify the state's economy in recent years, its financial fortunes still rise and fall with those of the energy industry.

More than 25 years after the famed oil bust devastated the Oklahoma economy, the culprit this time is stagnant natural gas prices, which have dropped well below $3 per 1,000 cubic feet, the lowest since 2002.

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Local & Regional
1:53 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

UPDATE: Ten Commandments

Oklahoma City, OK – Ten Commandments monument could be built in spring

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of the Department of Central Services says a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol could be built in the spring.

DCS director John Richard told the Capitol Preservation Commission on Thursday that one possible location is north of the Capitol and two others are on the southeast side. Richard is also a member of the Capitol Preservation Commission.

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

OHP: Audit Requested

Oklahoma City, OK – Audit requested concerning OHP aircraft parts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state attorney general's office is asking for an audit concerning aircraft parts at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A letter requesting the audit was sent Thursday to state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage after Oklahoma County prosecutors asked for help in the matter. It asks for an investigation into possible theft or embezzlement of aircraft parts.

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