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10:38 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Here Comes the Judge

Oklahoma City, OK – Judges asked to squeeze more money from defendants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) As state courts deal with a decline in revenue, the Supreme Court is pressing local judges to squeeze more fines out of criminal defendants.

Judges are encouraged at workshops to raise fines in certain instances and to not forgive court costs. They also have been told they should require those getting probation to pay more upfront.

A handbook encourages "defendants to pay their fines, fees and costs by credit card."

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Local & Regional
10:37 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Our Energy Future

The Congressman was featured on the Chamber's program.
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Tulsa, OK – Last week, we told you about a congressional hearing that was held here in Tulsa dealing with the federal energy policy. It was hosted by Congresswoman Mary Fallin and chaired by Pennsylvania Democrat Jason Altmire. This morning, we hear from Tulsa's Congressman John Sullivan. He favors a revision of the nation's energy policy.

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Local & Regional
10:12 am
Sun August 30, 2009

Elderly Woman Hurt in Invasion

A Tulsa Police cruiser
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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa woman, 95, beaten during home invasion

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 95-year-old Tulsa woman is recovering after police say she was beaten during a home-invasion robbery.

Police say a man broke into the woman's home early Saturday while she was asleep, struck her in the face and body, and demanded money and guns.

Police records show the robber took a coin purse, a BB gun and $100 in cash.

A neighbor called police, who arrested 51-year-old Danny Wilson about two blocks away.

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Local & Regional
10:07 am
Sun August 30, 2009

Sandy Garrett: The Future

Oklahoma City, OK – Garrett says education will remain in her future

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Even those on the other side of the aisle recognize state Superintendent Sandy Garrett as a consummate politician.

But after almost two decades as arguably Oklahoma's most popular elected official, she's ready to try something else.

Garrett announced earlier this week she doesn't plan to seek re-election for a sixth term as superintendent and will step down at the end of her current term, which runs through 2010.

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Sat August 29, 2009

TU Flu

Tulsa, OK – Two students from The University of Tulsa have been diagnosed with type A influenza. The cases, which are believed to be unrelated, were reported to TU officials Friday after the students visited the on-campus Alexander Health Clinic. In keeping with TU's health emergency plans, the students have been isolated at campus residences until the flu symptoms have passed.

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Local & Regional
9:09 am
Sat August 29, 2009

New Information on Slain Pastor

Anadarko is in Caddo County.
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Anadarko, OK – Investigators seek FBI's help in pastor's slaying


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State investigators are asking the FBI for help in solving the grisly killing of a pastor inside her church in Anadarko.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Friday they want the federal agency's help in analyzing the death of 61-year-old Carol Daniels.

Brown says the FBI has experts in fields like behavioral science that could help them find the killer.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sat August 29, 2009

UPDATE: Sand Springs Mill

Sand Springs, OK – Mill, union reach agreement


SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) Officials at a Sand Springs steel mill say if union workers opt for a severance package, they will forfeit a guarantee to be rehired if the mill reopens.

Gerdau Ameristeel spokesman Phil Bell says the company and the local chapter of the United Steelworkers union reached an agreement Thursday night.

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Local & Regional
4:08 pm
Fri August 28, 2009

Truck Hits Bridge

Tulsa, OK – Earlier today, a tractor trailer rig slammed into the bridge at Highway 169 and Pine. That has caused some damage to the bridge. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has closed some of the roadway on both 169 and Pine Street. Hear the comments of O-Dot spokeswoman Kenna Mitchell.

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Local & Regional
2:04 pm
Fri August 28, 2009

Guilty Plea in Public Works Scandal

The scandal shut down many Tulsa area street projects.
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Tulsa, OK – Ex-Tulsa official pleads guilty to corruption

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal prosecutor says a former Tulsa Public Works Department official has pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward says former field engineering manager Albert Martinez pleaded guilty to bribery, mail fraud and procurement fraud. Woodward says Martinez agreed to repay the city $341,000 and faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 1.

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Local & Regional
2:03 pm
Fri August 28, 2009

Repairing the Lock and Dam

L-R: Congressman John Sullivan, Port Director Bob Portis and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe
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Inola, OK – Repair work is underway on the Newt-Graham lock and dam at the McClellan-Kerr waterway. The lock is located about five miles southwest of Inola.

The work is being done by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The Corp hosted elected officials and the media on a tour of the repair work, which is essentially shut down barge traffic in and out of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

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