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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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8:59 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Hot Weather Returns

The sign in front of the National Weather Service Office on 11th Street near Highway 169.
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8:08 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Quake Monitors

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma will be part of a national research project intended to help scientists better understand earthquakes.

Eight earthquake monitoring stations have been installed in western Oklahoma as part of the Oregon State University project called EarthScope.

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8:03 am
Mon August 3, 2009

TPS Seeks Grant

The sign out front of the Tulsa Education Service Center.
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Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public Schools are going straight to the top seeking a grant of more than $50-million. The TPS is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The $55-million grant would establish a performance based pay system for teachers. The initiative would raise salaries, offer incentives to keep high quality teachers and dismiss those found to be ineffective. TPS is also looking for $15-million in donations from local philanthropists.

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6:53 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Hard Rock-Tulsa

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