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9:42 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Tulsa's Sign Litter

Three illegal signs on the right-of-way at the Broken Arrow Expressway and Lewis Avenue in Tulsa
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Some call it sign litter. No one these days tosses a fast food wrapper or a drink cup out the car window, yet out right-of-ways are filled with illegal signs. The City of Tulsa is forming a group of volunteers to clear our right-of-ways.

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Local & Regional
5:25 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Last Term for Garrett

Sandy Garrett, Oklahoma Schools Superintendent.
Department of Education

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma schools chief won't run

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Sandy Garrett says she will not seek another term as state superintendent of public instruction.

Garrett is serving her five consecutive term in the post.

She said she wanted to make her announcement early enough for other qualified candidates to have time to consider running for the position in the 2010 elections.

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Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

No Non-Partisan Vote

Tulsa, Ok – Tulsans will not vote on making municipal elections non-partisan. Judge Jefferson Sellars ruled an initiative petition was invalid. City Councilor John Eagleton brought the challenge. He was pleased with the ruling.

State law requires valid signatures equal to 25-percent of the voters in the last election . But the judge ruled the City Clerk's office used the wrong election to determine the number of required signatures.

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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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